Best Selling Games of February 2022: Elden Ring Is Riding The Hype Wave

Last Updated on March 12, 2022 by Filip Krawański

Elden Ring is more than just a passing sensation. According to the industry-tracking company The NPD Group, the game is now a blockbuster hit. It is also part of the total $4.67 earnings made by the videogame industry this year. Although the sum is lower compared to the previous years, it still exceeds historical averages.

Mat Piscatella, NPD analyst, stated that in February 2022’s consumer spending on video games hardware, content, and accessories decreased 6% compared to last year, to $4.4billion total. “All major categories saw declines, with the biggest percentage drop in hardware year-over-year.” Spending on gaming hardware this year to date is $9.1billion, which is a decrease of 4% compared with the last year.

Hardware is one of the greatest stumbling blocks to sales. Both Sony and Microsoft are experiencing high demand for their consoles, just like last year. However, unlike last year neither company has enough supply to satisfy demand, due to the ongoing chip shortage.

The videogame sales, a.k.a the software, was also down though. It seems that the problem is related to hardware. People bought a lot more games when they purchased Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 in February 2021. In February 2022 however, fewer people were able to buy those consoles. Which led to the subsequent hit to videogame sales.

February 2022 NPD – Top 20 most popular games in the United States

NPD not only tracks physical sales at retailers but also receives digital data directly from publishers. Not every company is willing sadly, Nintendo, for example, doesn’t share first-party sales. Activision Blizzard also doesn’t provide sales made via their launcher,

These charts are sorted according to dollar sales, not by the number of units sold. This is only for full-game sales and does not include in-game spending (microtransactions and such).

RankFebruary 2022 Top 20 Games Based On Sales In DollarsPublisher
1Elden RingBandai Namco Entertainment
2Horizon II: Forbidden WestSony (Corp)
3Pokemon Legends: Arceus*Nintendo
4Dying Light 2: Stay Human*Square Enix Inc (Corp)
5Total War: Warhammer IIISega
6Call of Duty: VanguardActivision Blizzard (Corp)
7Madden NFL 22Electronic Arts
8Mario Kart 8*Nintendo
9FIFA 22Electronic Arts
10MinecraftMultiple Video Game Manufacturers
11Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony (Corp)
12Mario Party Superstars*Nintendo
13Animal Crossing: New Horizons*Nintendo
14Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*Nintendo
15Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold WarActivision Blizzard (Corp)
16Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy: The Definitive Edition*Multiple Video Game Manufacturers
17NBA 2K22*Take-Two Interactive
18Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl*Nintendo
19Far Cry 6Ubisoft
20The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*Nintendo
* Digital sales not included

It was a fast-paced February between some of this year’s best and biggest games. While Pokemon Legends Arceus entered its second month of being on top of videogame sales charts. Dying Light 2, Horizon Forbidden West, and Elden Ring have made their debuts. Each game was an entry into established popular IPs, so things got exciting. Horizon with its sequel to Zero Dawn which sold 20 million copies and went on to get nominated for multiple games of the year awards. Dying Light 2, a sequel to another extremely popular game. However, unlike Horizon, Dying Light is a multi-platform release. And then finally Elden Ring – one the most anticipated and hyped games ever. The game that broke the steam user record of any “Soulslike” title.

Elden Ring won the race. And it seems that it wasn’t even close. From Software knocked it out of the park, and crushed any competition.

Elden Ring

FromSoftware, the studio behind Elden Ring, Dark Souls, and Dark Souls has made its niche market a formidable one. With Elden Ring, it is no longer a niche. This is the new mainstream.

Mat Piscatella, executive Director & Video Game Industry Advisor from The NPD Group, stated that Elden Ring debuted as a best-selling game in February 2022 and is the best-selling game of 2022 to date. Launch month Elden Ring’s sales were second only to Call of Duty: Vanguard from November 2021. Elden Ring was the 5th most-sold game in the last twelve months after just one month of being out! With path wide open to become the best-sold game of the last year. And then who knows? Elden Ring just might breach the top 50 best-sold games in the history of the industry.

Horizon Forbidden West

Horizon’s second-place finish in February is impressive for a PlayStation exclusive. Many PlayStation 5 fans consider it an essential, or a must-have for the PS5 system.

Piscatella stated that Horizon Forbidden West was second in sales for February 2022 and ranked first on the PlayStation platforms. “The PlayStation 5 exclusive Horizon Forbidden west sold a record number of copies, a new record for first-month sales number on the PlayStation 5 platform.”

Total War: Warhammer III

“Total War: Warhammer III” was also the No. 5 most-sold game in February 2022 and ranked second on Steam. The title was also released as part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions.

20 Best Selling Games of 2022 So Far

RankTop 20 Games (Physical and Digital) Ranked Based On Sales In Dollars EarnedPublisher
1Elden RingBandai Namco Entertainment
2Pokemon Legends: Arceus*Nintendo
3Horizon: Forbidden WestSony (Corp)
4Call of Duty: VanguardActivision Blizzard (Corp)
5Madden NFL 22Electronic Arts
6Dying Light 2: Stay Human*Square Enix Inc (Corp)
7Monster Hunter: RiseCapcom USA
8Total War: Warhammer IIISega
9God of War (2018)Sony (Corp)
10Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony (Corp)
11Mario Kart 8*Nintendo
12FIFA 22Electronic Arts
13MinecraftMultiple Video Game Manufacturers
14Mario Party Superstars*Nintendo
15Animal Crossing: New Horizons*Nintendo
16Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl*Nintendo
17Far Cry 6Ubisoft
18NBA 2K22*Take-Two Interactive
19Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*Nintendo
20Battlefield 2042Electronic Arts
* Digital sales not included

Top 10 Most Popular Games of The Past 12 Month

RankTop 10 Games From The Past 12 Months (Physical and Digital sales from) Ranked Based On Dollars In RevenuePublisher
1Call of Duty: VanguardActivision Blizzard (Corp)
2Madden NFL 22Electronic Arts
3Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold WarActivision Blizzard (Corp)
4Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl*Nintendo
5Elden RingBandai Namco Entertainment
6Battlefield 2042Electronic Arts
7Far Cry 6Ubisoft
8Mario Kart 8*Nintendo
9Resident Evil: VillageCapcom USA
10FIFA 22Electronic Arts
* Digital sales not included

February 2022 Top 10 Best-Sellers Nintendo-Platform Games in the U.S.

RankTop 10 Best Selling Games On Nintendo Switch Ranked Based On Dollars In RevenuePublisher
1Pokemon Legends: Arceus*Nintendo
2Mario Kart 8*Nintendo
3Mario Party Superstars*Nintendo
4Animal Crossing: New Horizons*Nintendo
5Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*Nintendo
6Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl*Nintendo
7The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*Nintendo
8Super Mario 3D World*Nintendo
9Just Dance 2022Ubisoft
10New Super Mario Bros.*Nintendo
* Digital sales not included

February 2022 Top 10 Best-Selling PlayStation-Platform Games in the U.S.

RankTop 10 Best Selling Games On PlayStation Systems Ranked Based On Dollars In RevenuePublisher
1Horizon II: Forbidden WestSony (Corp)
2Elden RingBandai Namco Entertainment
3Dying Light 2: Stay Human*Square Enix Inc (Corp)
4Call of Duty: VanguardActivision Blizzard (Corp)
5Madden NFL 22Electronic Arts
6Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony (Corp)
7FIFA 22Electronic Arts
8Ghost of TsushimaSony (Corp)
9Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold WarActivision Blizzard (Corp)
10NBA 2K22*Take-Two Interactive
* Digital sales not included

February 2022 Top 10 Best-Selling Xbox-platform Games in America.

RankTop 10 Best Selling Games On Xbox Systems Ranked Based On Dollars In RevenuePublisher
1Elden RingBandai Namco Entertainment
2Call of Duty: VanguardActivision Blizzard (Corp)
3Dying Light 2: Stay Human*Square Enix Inc (Corp)
4Madden NFL 22Electronic Arts
5Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold WarActivision Blizzard (Corp)
6Forza Horizon 5Microsoft (Corp)
7Halo: InfiniteMicrosoft (Corp)
8FIFA 22Electronic Arts
9Assassin’s Creed: ValhallaUbisoft
10Far Cry 6Ubisoft
* Digital sales not included

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