Top 10 Best Selling Games of January 2014 (USA)

What were the Top 10 best selling games in January 2014 in the United States?

The newest NPD numbers are in, and so are the top lists of the highest selling game systems and games for the start of the year in America.

Here is the full Top 10 of January 2014:

    1. Call of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC)**
    2. NBA 2K14 (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, PC)**
    3. Battlefield 4 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
    4. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Wii U, PC)**
    5. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)**
    6. Madden NFL 25 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
    7. Minecraft (360)
    8. FIFA 14 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, Vita)
    9. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, 3DS, Wii U, Vita, PC)
    10. Tomb Raider (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)**

** Includes: CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware. Physical retail copies only.

The multiplatform juggernaut that was Call of Duty: Ghost’s release was once again a major success. Not surprising, since it sold $1 billion worth of games on day 1! Here’s the TV commercial filmed with live-action stars, including Riley Dog and Megan Fox.

System Sales in January 2014:

    1. Nintendo 3DS
    2. Xbox 360
    3. PlayStation 3
    4. PlayStation 4: 280,000 — 4.5+ Million Units sold in 53 countries!
    5. Xbox One: 143,000 — 3.1+ Million Units sold in 13 countries!
    6. Nintendo Wii U
    7. PlayStation Vita

Note: These are estimates, no hard sales data was released for the month.

Analysis of the game and hardware sales numbers:

Although NPD doesn’t by far track all digital sales, retail still gives a good impression of last month’s best selling video games.

To quote NPD industry analyst Liam Callahan…

About video games he said:

“Overall retail video game sales would be down only 1 percent instead of down 21 percent, if sales were normalized to account for the five-week January 2013 compared to the four-week January 2014.”

About hardware he said:

“PS4 led overall hardware sales this month, followed by the Xbox One. — Continued success of the new consoles drove a 17 percent increase in hardware sales in January 2014, and when taking into account the 5-week month of January 2013 compared to the four-week month of January 2014, normalized sales of hardware were up 47 percent.”

To which Sony spokesperson Guy Longworth added…

“Demand for PlayStation 4 remains incredibly strong as it was No. 1 in sales for next-gen consoles in January, nearly doubling the nearest next-gen competitor, and remains the cumulative leader, according to today’s NPD report. Although PS4 remains severely constrained at retail, we are working hard to refresh supply as quickly as possible.”

Credits: Stats via NeoGAF & Portal pants image via Jinx.

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