Top 20 Best Selling Games of June 2021 (USA)

What were the Top 20 best selling games in June 2021 in the United States?

The newest NPD numbers are in, and so are the top lists of the highest selling game systems and games (by revenue) for last month in North America. Including both retail and most digital sales & revenue numbers.

What’s most surprising is that compared to one year ago — in the center of the covid lockdowns when everyone was at home playing games — game sales have actually gone up this past months compared to the same period last month! No one was expecting the video games industry to do as well as last year, let alone surpass it. Simply amazing. 😀

Top 20 best selling games of June 2021

  1. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (NEW)
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War
  3. Mario Golf: Super Rush (NEW)*
  4. MLB: The Show 21**
  5. Scarlet Nexus (NEW)
  6. Resident Evil: Village
  7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  8. Minecraft
  9. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  10. Mortal Kombat 11
  11. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  12. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
  13. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  14. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
  15. Super Mario 3D World*
  16. Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
  17. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
  18. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  19. Pokemon Sword and Shield*
  20. Sea of Thieves

* No digital sales included.
** No Xbox digital sales included.

Here’s the Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart TV commercial…

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – PS5 TV Spot

Top 20 best selling games of 2021 so far

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War
  2. Resident Evil: Village
  3. MLB: The Show 21**
  4. Super Mario 3D World*
  5. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  6. Monster Hunter: Rise
  7. Mario Kart 8*
  8. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
  9. Outriders
  10. Minecraft

Video Game System Sales in June 2021:

June 2021 consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories grew 5% when compared to a year ago, totaling $4.9 billion. First half 2021 consumer spending reached $28.9 billion, a 15% increase when compared to the same period in 2020.

Hardware was the growth driver in June. Hardware dollar sales increased 112% when compared to a year ago as PlayStation, Switch and Xbox console sales all gained.

June video game hardware dollar sales jumped 112% when compared to June 2020, to $401M. This is the highest total achieved in a June month since 2008 ($617M). Year-to-date hardware consumer spending has increased 45% compared to 2020’s first half, to $2.3B.

Xbox Series was the best-selling hardware platform in dollar sales for the month of June, while Nintendo Switch led in unit sales.

June dollar sales of Xbox consoles set a new record for the Xbox platform, besting the previous high set in June 2011.

Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform during 2021’s first half in both dollar and unit sales.

PlayStation 5 remains the fastest unit selling console hardware platform in U.S. history (lifetime sales through 8 months in market, excluding portables).

Analysis of the rest of the sales numbers:

NPD tracks retail sales to get a good impression of last month’s best selling video games. Although it doesn’t by far track all digital sales, since April 2018 NPD tracks Steam (PC), Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network for these major third-party publishers: Activision-Blizzard, Capcom, Deep Silver, Electronic Arts, Square Enix, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros.

To quote NPD analyst Mat Piscatella…

About the top video game sales he said:

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart debuted as June’s best-selling game, achieving the highest launch month dollar sales of any title in franchise history. Launch month dollar sales more than doubled those of the previous high, set by Ratchet & Clank in April 2016

Mario Golf: Super Rush launched as the 3rd best-selling game of June 2021. Launch month dollar sales were the highest ever achieved by a Mario Golf game. The previous high was set by Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, which launched for the Nintendo GameCube in July 2003.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 jumped from #51 in May to rank 17th on the June best-selling titles chart. The Switch version of the game was released in the U.S. during the month, accounting for most of the gains.

The June release of the A Pirate’s Life content update helped push Sea of Thieves up from 36th a month ago back into the top 20 best-seller’s chart. Sea of Thieves originally launched in March 2018.

About video game accessories he said:

June 2021 spending on video game accessories fell 1% compared to a year ago, to $207 million. First half accessory sales reached $1.2 billion, an increase of 14% when compared to the same period in 2020.

Sony’s DualSense Wireless Controller Midnight Black was the best-selling accessory of June 2021, while the DualSense Wireless Controller White led in first-half sales. Three of the top 4 best-selling accessories of June were DualSense Wireless Controllers.

Credits: Resetera

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