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NPD: Kingdom Hearts III became the best-selling game of January in the US, overtaking Resident Evil 2


And Ace Combat 7 set a franchise record.

According to the research firm NPD Group, in January 2019, the US spent $ 893 million on video games, consoles and accessories. This is 19% less than the year before – then total revenues exceeded 1.1 billion.

The most successful game of the month was Kingdom Hearts III. Its sales in dollar equivalent are two and a half times as high as the last franchise record – the second part of the series, released in 2006.

The second line in the general chart took a remake of Resident Evil 2 from Capcom, although the horror managed to beat the game from Square Enix on sales on Xbox One.

Two other major releases of January are the New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe and Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown – took the third and seventh positions respectively.

At the same time, the arcade flight simulator showed a record result for the franchise – 80% more revenue than the Ace Combat 6 for the same period.

The most salable console in January 2019 was Switch. With the fact that players spent on the console by 28% less than a year earlier, revenue increased only at the device from Nintendo.

Top 20 best-selling games in the US in January 2019

(* – excluding digital sales, ** – excluding digital sales on a PC)

  1. Kingdom Hearts III
  2. Resident evil 2
  3. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe *
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 **
  5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate *
  6. Red Dead Redemption 2
  7. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
  8. NBA 2K19
  9. Mario Kart 8 *
  10. Grand theft auto v
  11. Madden NFL 19 **
  12. Tales of vesperia
  13. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild *
  14. Battlefield V **
  15. Super Mario Party *
  16. Minecraft (sales on PlayStation and Xbox only)
  17. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  18. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  19. FIFA 19 **
  20. Super Mario Odyssey *

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