Now the first quarter of the year has gone, it is worth taking a look to see which video games are the most popular. Although March was the first month since 2017 that sales of video gaming software and hardware declined, this was partly because of the introduction of new hardware from Nintendo, which threw the figures out a bit for last year as gamers invested in it. Regardless of the decline for the month, the sales of hardware to date have been the highest since 2014 at $925 million. There has been a similar trend for the accessories and game cards with over $956 million being spent on them. With these huge increases, we take a look at what have been the bestselling video games so far this year.
The Top Games
It is good to see which games are selling the best if you want to know which to buy next. There is also the option of visiting the site of somewhere like Game Guide World for honest and unbiased opinions from people that have already played them. Two of this top ten relate to sales for games consoles only, as Nintendo is not part of a digital tracking program:
- Far Cry 5
- Sea of Thieves
- MLB 18: The Show
- Kirby Star Allies
- Grand Theft Auto 5
- Call of Duty: WWII
- Mario Kart 8
- Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
- NBA 2K18
- Monster Hunter: World
The sales of Far Cry 5 have been more than double its predecessor, making Ubisoft the highest selling game publisher of the year to date.
The Constant Top Sellers
There are some games on this list that no matter how the figures are compiled or what time of year you look, they will always appear in the top 10. Grand Theft Auto for instance, has always been near the top of sales since it was first developed and has even been included among the British design icons in the Great British Design Quest.
If you look at the list for the last 12 months rather than just this year, Call of Duty comes out on top. This is no surprise, as Call of Duty: WWII is the game that has players queuing at the retailers for hours before they open on the day of the release of new versions.
New Video Games
Every week new video games are released. When they are new versions of the classics, the name alone sells them. However, if they are a totally new game, a lot of hype and marketing is needed to get them noticed by gamers, and to tempt them to buy them. The publishers do this by releasing trailers of the game in places like YouTube, and by trying to engage gamers for weeks before the release date.
The world of video games shows no sign of its growth slowing down. Each time an updated console or new version of a game is produced, those that play the games are soon buying the latest equipment or game to keep in line with all the other gamers they play online with.