Top 10 Best Selling Games of December & All of 2014 (USA)

What were the Top 10 best selling games in December 2014 & all of 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 last month and the entire year in America.

Here is the full Top 10 of December 2014:

    1. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC)**
    2. Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3)**
    3. Madden NFL 15 (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)**
    4. Super Smash Bros. (Wii U, 3DS)**
    5. NBA 2K15 (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC)
    6. Minecraft (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4)
    7. Far Cry 4 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)**
    8. Just Dance 2015 (Wii, Xbox 360, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)**
    9. Destiny (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3)**
    10. FIFA 15 (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Wii, 3DS, PS Vita)**

Here is the full Top 10 throughout 2014:

    1. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC)**
    2. Madden NFL 15 (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)**
    3. Destiny (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3)**
    4. Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3)**
    5. Minecraft (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4)
    6. Super Smash Bros. (Wii U, 3DS)**
    7. NBA 2K15 (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC)
    8. Watch Dogs (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U)**
    9. FIFA 15 (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Wii, 3DS, PS Vita)**
    10. Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC)**

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

Another year with COD on #1. Here’s the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare TV commercial…

System Sales in December 2014:

    1. Xbox One — New #1 for the 2nd month after 10 months of PS4 dominance. Sales are over 1 million.
    2. PlayStation 4 — Sales are over 1 million.
    3. Nintendo Wii U — Best month ever, so sales are over 250,000.
    4. Nintendo 3DS
    5. Xbox 360
    6. PlayStation 3
    7. PlayStation Vita

Note: Only the first three spots are confirmed. The rest are estimates, no complete hard sales data was released for the month.

Check out the Xbox One launch trailer…

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:

“Keep in mind that the results for December and 2014 as a whole show the console space is going through a period of two transitions: One being a generational transition from seventh generation to eighth generation consoles and second, a format transition as console gamers become more comfortable with downloading games and what is being offered digitally.”

About hardware he said:

“After 14 months on the market, cumulative sales of PS4 and Xbox One exceed the Xbox 360 and PS3 cumulative 14 month total by 65 percent. Bundles were a major driver of hardware sales this December compared to last with 71 percent of hardware unit sales stemming from Bundles including software, which compares to 32 percent of hardware sales last December.

While hardware sales decreased by 4 percent in December 2014 versus the year prior, eighth generation sales improved by 13 percent. This is remarkable considering the comparison to the best launch in U.S. history of any console with the PS4 and second best launch with the Xbox One.

With the growth in install bases across eighth generation consoles, software this December versus last December grew by 70 percent with each console posting strong double digit growth. Across 2014, eighth generation console software sales rose by $1.7 billion.

In contrast, seventh generation software sales declined by 33 percent in December with portable sales also decreasing 16 percent. These combined to total a $2.5 billion decrease in sales in 2014 versus 2013. While overall software sales dipped by 2 percent in December, top 10 represented the same percentage of unit sales as last December at 36 percent of all units sold in the month with only 1 percent fewer units. Part of the 13 percent decline in entertainment software sales can be explained by 10 percent fewer new SKUs that were launched in 2014 compared to 2013.”

Credits: NeoGAF

I’m not really surprised Xbox One has stayed the new console king, the bundles they gave out in America and Europe in were amazing for Christmas shoppers! So much so that they extended the $50 console discount indefinitely in January 2015.

I got my Xbox One in December from the Microsoft store and it came with loads of extras bundled in like a 2nd controller and 5 new games!

Like I said last NPD report, I guess you could say I’m a fan of these holiday bundles to push the new consoles on us, I own all Nintendo, Sony & Microsoft consoles now.

I do hope that in the new year the Top 10 will be different, because it’s literally been the same game series for many years now. Fingers crossed for some new franchise introductions this year. Let the good times roll in 2015. 😀

Are the Top 10 games of 2014 what you expected?