We’re done with the first half of the year and we can definitely say that we’ve seen a lot of high-performing video games being released by video game publishers like Bandai Namco with Elden Ring.

 

This year was full of fantastic new game title releases, with a mix of older, yet still dominating, game titles that dominated the gaming industry. Currently, one of the best games and best-selling game released this year is Elden Ring, alongside LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga and Horizon Forbidden West. Nintendo also released some great titles this year, like Kirby and the Forgotten Land and Nintendo Switch Sports.

That being said, we’re going to talk about the report the NPD group has released as 2022’s best-selling games thus far.

What is the NPD Group?

But before anything else, you might ask, “What or who is the NPD Group?” The NPD Group is an organization dedicated to building a major global technology, analytics, and data provider that provides clients with a comprehensive, accurate depiction of consumer behavior and overall sales, purchasing, and consumption statistics.

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With the organization regularly providing monthly data, the NPD Group has become among the gaming industry’s most credible sources of sales data. The latest study from Mat Piscatella of the NPD Group takes a look at the very first six months of 2022, with a balance of classic and new titles sweeping the charts.

Now, let’s take a look at the top 20 best-selling games in the first six months of the year 2022.

The 20 Best-Selling Games of 2022

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Here, we’ve listed NPD’s top 20 best-seller games.

  1. Elden Ring

Release Date

February 25, 2022

Publisher

FromSoftware Inc., BNE Entertainment, Namco Bandai Games America Inc.

Available Platforms

PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

  1. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Release Date

April 5, 2022

Publisher

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Available Platforms

Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows

  1. Pokemon Legends: Arceus*

Release Date

January 28, 2022

Publisher

Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, Nintendo of America Inc.

Available Platforms

Nintendo Switch

 

  1. Horizon II: Forbidden West

Release Date

February 18, 2022

Publisher

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Available Platforms

PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

  1. MLB: The Show 22

Release Date

April 1, 2022

Publisher

Cokem International, MLB Advanced Media, Sony Interactive Entertainment, MLB

Available Platforms

Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox Cloud Gaming

  1. Call of Duty: Vanguard

Release Date

November 5, 2021

Publisher

Activision

Available Platforms

PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows

  1. Gran Turismo 7

Release Date

March 4, 2022

Publisher

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Available Platforms

PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

  1. Kirby and the Forgotten Land*

Release Date

March 25, 2022

Publisher

Nintendo, Nintendo of America Inc.

Available Platforms

Nintendo Switch

 

  1. Mario Kart 8*

Release Date

May 29, 2014

Publisher

Nintendo

Available Platforms

Nintendo Switch, Wii U

  1. Madden NFL 22

Release Date

August 17, 2021

Publisher

EA Sports

Available Platforms

PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows, Google Stadia

  1. Nintendo Switch Sports

Release Date

April 29, 2022

Publisher

Nintendo

Available Platforms

Nintendo Switch

  1. Minecraft

Release Date

November 18, 2011

Publishers

Mojang Studios, Xbox Game Studios, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Telltale Games, BedrockCraft Ltd

Available Platforms

Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Linux, Java, Fire OS, Android, Microsoft Windows, iOS, macOS, Apple TV, PSV, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360

  1. FIFA 22

Release Date

September 27, 2021

Publisher

EA

Available Platforms

Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

  1. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Release Date

November 12, 2020

Publisher

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Available Platforms

PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Windows

  1. Monster Hunter: Rise

Release Date

March 26, 2021

Publisher

Capcom

Available Platforms

Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Release Date

March 20, 2020

Publisher

Nintendo

Available Platforms

Nintendo Switch

  1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Release Date

December 7, 2018

Publisher

Nintendo

Available Platforms

Nintendo Switch

  1. Mario Party Superstars

Release Date

October 29, 2021

Publisher

Nintendo

Available Platforms

Nintendo Switch

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War

Release Date

November 13, 2020

Publisher

Activision

Available Platforms

PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows

  1. Dying Light 2: Stay Human

Release Date

February 4, 2022

Publisher

Techland

Available Platforms

PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Game of the Year 2022?

You might think that Elden Ring would get the Game of the Year title this year with the amount of sales it got when it was released. However, that’s not the case. And even if we’re just only halfway through the year, there are already five games that are fighting for the top spot in the Game of the Year title, with Horizon Forbidden West (Sony) as the top contender.

What is the Most Played Game of 2022?

Currently, the most played game right now is PUBG with over 1.20 billion players of the game.

What are NPD Game Sales?

NPD has been analyzing toy and video game sales statistics for over 25 years. NPD offers video game sales data for the United States and Canada. Monthly reports are only available in the United States. They issue reports for Canada on a regular basis, signifying an additional sales milestone for a platform or game.

What is the Most Bought Game Ever?

Minecraft, a sandbox game launched by Mojang in May 2009 for a variety of PC, mobile, and console platforms, is the best-selling video game to date, selling over 238 million copies across all the platforms it’s available on. The only other games that have sold more than 100 million copies are Grand Theft Auto V and EA’s Tetris.

How Much Has the Elden Ring Sold?

Elden Ring sold 13.4 million copies globally in May 2022, according to Bandai Namco, and the game has undoubtedly added to that figure.

What is the Best-Selling Console?

The best-selling console is the PlayStation 2, with 158.7 million units sold as of July 2022.

Bottomline

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Roel Mahalin
Roel Mahalin

Roel Mahalin is the founder of Techzumo. His hobby is playing video games. He’s always on the lookout for new deals to share with his readers, so he can make sure they don’t miss out on anything good! He decided to use his experience and what he has learned to provide individuals informative content about these new technologies.