After months without several major game releases in 2022, September came swinging with a ranking of six new games in the top 20 best-selling games in the US, led (of course) by FIFA 23.
Madden NFL, which came out and topped the charts last month, ranked second according to the NPD Group’s monthly chart (which tracks dollar sales). This was followed by four new releases: NBA 2K23, then Splatoon 3, The Last of Us Part 1 (2022 Remake), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowbanga Collection.
Saints Row, last month’s No. 2, debuted at No. 7 in September and then came the new release JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle.
Despite all these new releases, the top ten overall didn’t change much year-over-year, with Elden Ring still reigning as the best-selling game of all time this year, followed by LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. Booting Pokémon Legends, Madden moved up two places: Arceus and Horizon 2, but that’s it.
Overall, and again despite all the new games, content spending was down 7% in September compared to the previous year – subscriptions were up, but everything else was down. Meanwhile, hardware spending continues to improve due to increased PS5 supply, and the PS5 was the best-seller for the month in both unit and dollar sales. The Xbox Series was in second place for dollar sales, but the Switch was second for unit sales. And both the PS5 and Xbox series saw double-digit percentage growth.
Overall, the US spent $4.1 billion on video games, hardware and accessories in September, down 4% from September 2021.
The following are the top 20 best-selling games for the month of September in the US in terms of dollar sales:
- FIFA 23
- Madden NFL 23
- NBA 2K23
- Splatoon 3
- The Last of Us: Part I
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection
- Saints Row (2022)
- JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle
- Elden Ring
- Mario Kart 8
- Marvel’s Spider-Man
- LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War
- Horizon 2: Forbidden West
- Call of Duty: Vanguard
- Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
- MLB: The Show 22
- Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
(Nintendo and Take-Two do not report digital sales, thus they are not a factor for any of their published games above).
Incidentally, we reviewed all six of these new September games here at IGN. You can check out our thoughts on FIFA 23, NBA 2K23, Splatoon 3 Single-player and Multiplayer, The Last of Us Part 1, TMNT Kaubunga Collection, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle — all (we think) Are good for excellent games.