The Top 20 Best-Selling Games of 2020 via NPD

Due to the pandemic, which took our world by storm in 2020, game sales saw a massive bump. Largely in part, due to people spending more time indoors and needing something to occupy that time. This, in turn, leads to the industry seeing record spending. The game’s like, Animal Crossing New Horizon, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Ghost of Tsushima, all broke records.

More specifically, video game sales in 2020 set a new record of $57 billion dollars across all major categories. When compared to last year, 2020 saw a 27% increase. This is thanks to a wide variety of factors, such as online content and gaming accessories. But, with the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series of consoles, the new systems were instrumental to bolster that growth.

A List of The Top 20 Best-Selling Games of 2020

Top 2020 Games Ranked by Dollar SalesPublisher
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold WarActivision Blizzard (Corp)
2. Call of Duty: Modern WarfareActivision Blizzard (Corp)
3. Animal Crossing New HorizonNintendo
4. Madden NFL 21Electronic Arts
5. Assassin’s Creed ValhallaUbisoft
6. The Last of Us: Part IISony (Corp)
7. Ghost of Tsushima Sony (Corp)
8. Mario Kart 8 DeluxeNintendo
9. Super Mario 3D All StarsNintendo
10. Final Fantasy VII RemakeSquare Enix Inc (Corp)
11. Marvel’s AvengersSquare Enix Inc (Corp)
12. Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles MoralesSony (Corp)
13. NBA 2K21Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
14. Super Smash Bros. UltimateNintendo
15. FIFA 21Electronic Arts
16. Mortal Kombat 11Warner Bros. Interactive
17. Dragon Ball Z KakarotBandai Namco Entertainment
18. MLB: The Show 20Sony (Corp)
19. Cyberpunk 2077Warner Bros. Interactive
20. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2Activision Blizzard (Corp)

Call of Duty

As we’ve come to expect, Call of Duty, once again, reigns supreme in 2020. Mat Piscatella, had this to say on Twitter:

“Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War was the best-selling game of both December as well as 2020, while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was 2020’s 2nd best-seller. Call of Duty ranked as the best-selling gaming franchise in the U.S. market for a record 12th consecutive year.”

top 20 best-selling games of 2020

Animal Crossing

Nintendo recorded, yet another dominant year. Not only is it the best-selling console in December but also recording 4 exclusive titles in 2020’s Top 20 Best-Selling Games.

“Animal Crossing: New Horizons was 2020’s 3rd best-selling title, and the 6th best-selling game of December. In 2020 the title achieved the highest physical dollar sales for a Nintendo published the game in a calendar year since Wii Fit Plus in 2010,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said.

Top 20 Best-Selling Games of 2020

The Last of Us Part II

Naughty Dog’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed, The Last of Us, also performed well. On Twitter, Piscatella adds:

The Last of Us: Part II finished 2020 as the year’s 6th best-selling title overall. The Last of Us: Part II now ranks as the 3rd best-selling Sony published the game in U.S. history in dollar sales, trailing only Marvel’s Spider-Man and 2018’s God of War.”

Where other industries have faltered, thanks to the surging pandemic, it seems the games industry has instead, thrived.

[Source, Mat Piscatella]

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