NPD: PS5’s January 2021 Dollar Sales Total Breaks 12-Year-Old Record

NPD Group‘s Mat Piscatella has revealed that the PlayStation 5 was January 2021’s best-selling platform in the United States in terms of dollar sales. The console broke a 12-year-old record, set by the Nintendo Wii in 2019, by posting the highest dollar sales total for a January month.

However, it was the Nintendo Switch that sold the most units during the period. According to Piscatella, Switch’s unit sales were “the highest of any platform in a January month since the Nintendo Wii in January 2010.” Overall, sales of video game hardware stood at $319 million, up by 144 percent year-on-year. This is also the highest total for a January month in nearly a decade.

Consumer spending across hardware, software, and accessories reached $4.7 billion, which is a 42 percent year-on-year increase. We’ve already reported that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was unsurprisingly January’s best-selling game in the U.S. In second position is Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which is now the second-fastest selling Assassin’s Creed game in the country’s history behind Assassin’s Creed III.

January’s top 20 titles are as follows:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  3. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  4. Madden NFL 21
  5. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  6. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
  7. Ring Fit Adventure
  8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  9. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  10. NBA 2K21
  11. Super Mario 3D All-Stars
  12. FIFA 21
  13. Immortals: Fenyx Rising
  14. Mortal Kombat 11
  15. Just Dance 2021
  16. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  17. Minecraft: PS4 Edition
  18. Cyberpunk 2077
  19. Super Mario Party
  20. EA Sports UFC 4

On PlayStation platforms specifically, Miles Morales outperformed Valhalla and was the second best-selling game after Black Ops Cold War.

[Source: Mat Piscatella]