Spending on games in the US during September 2021 was up by 3 percent year-on-year according to recent data from NPD. Year-to-date spending reached $42.3 billion, a rise of 12 percent compared to the same period in 2020.
Hardware spending saw an increase of 49 percent year-on-year, hitting $412 million. This is almost certainly down to the availability of the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, so this figure would be much greater if there wasn’t a restriction on stock for this hardware. Interestingly, spending on hardware has now reached $3.4 billion, which is a growth of 49 percent as well.
September was the first month in thirty three consecutive months that the Nintendo Switch wasn’t the best-selling console. The PS5 managed to beat it thanks to an influx of new stock, making it the best-selling console for dollar sales and units sold for the month.
Madden NFL 22 was the best-selling game for the month, having been since August 18, but there were a number of new releases in the chart coming close to taking its throne. FIFA 22 was the second best-selling, though it may have beaten Madden NFL 22 with a few more weeks, and NBA 2K22 came in third place.
Tales of Arise managed to make it as the fourth best-selling game for the month, and Diablo II: Resurrected came fifth. Deathloop, a niche title for PS5 and PC from Arkane Studios, made it to sixth, and Square Enix’s Life is Strange: True Colors came in tenth.
Spending on gaming content, including cloud gaming and subscriptions, stayed relatively flat at $3.78 billion. Accessories spending totaled $171 million, which is down by 12 percent year-on-year. Year-to-date, accessories sales are up by 9 percent to $1.8 billion.
The top twenty best-selling games in the US for September 2021 were as follows.
1. Madden NFL 22
2. FIFA 22
3. NBA 2K22 (digital sales not included)
4. Tales of Arise
5. Diablo II: Resurrected
7. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
8. Ghost of Tsushima
9. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
10. Life is Strange: True Colors
11. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (digital sales not included)
12. Diablo Prime Evil Collection
13. Sonic Colors: Ultimate
15. Wario Ware Get it Together! (digital sales not included)
16. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
17. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (digital sales not included)
18. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (digital sales not included)
19. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
20. Mortal Kombat 11