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US January 2021 NPD: Nintendo Switch best-selling platform for units sold and PS5 highest in dollar sales

The latest video game software and hardware charts are now in from the United States for the month of January 2021 via sales tracking team the NPD Group. The Nintendo Switch proved to be the best-selling hardware platform in units sold for the month of January and the PlayStation 5 was the best-selling hardware platform in dollars sold. Overall video game hardware sales were 144% higher than January 2020. On the software side of things Animal Crossing: New Horizons proved once again to be a sales beast as it regained strength and jumped into the top five for the first time since July 2020. Here’s the charts:

“Animal Crossing: New Horizons ranked as January’s fifth best-selling title. This is the first time it has ranked among the top 5 best-selling games of the month since ranking fifth in July 2020. Animal Crossing: New Horizons repeated as the month’s best-selling title on Nintendo Switch.”

Matt Piscatella, NPD Group

January 2021 NPD: The top 20 best-selling games of the month in the U.S.

RankLast Month RankJanuary 2021 Top 20 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, Steam, and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar salesPublisher
11Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold WarActivision Blizzard (Corp)
23Assassin’s Creed: ValhallaUbisoft
34Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony (Corp)
45Madden NFL 21Electronic Arts
56Animal Crossing: New Horizons*Nintendo
67Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*Nintendo
719Ring Fit AdventureNintendo
826Call of Duty: Modern WarfareActivision Blizzard (Corp)
911Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*Nintendo
108NBA 2K21*Take-Two Interactive (Corp)
* Digital sales not included

January 2021 NPD: Top 10 best-selling Nintendo platform games

RankLast Month RankJanuary 2021 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar salesPublisher
11Animal Crossing: New Horizons*Nintendo
22Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*Nintendo
311Ring Fit AdventureNintendo
44Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*Nintendo
53Super Mario 3D All-Stars*Nintendo
69The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*Nintendo
76Just Dance 2021Ubisoft
810Super Mario Party*Nintendo
97New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*Nintendo
108Super Mario Odyssey*Nintendo
* Digital sales not included

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  1. I believe one of the factors in Sony selling less consoles than Nintendo is due to the censorship of anime styled games. Nintendo doesn’t censor as much so I’m grateful for that.

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