NPD: The 20 best-selling games of 2019 in the U.S.

it's time to run down the 20 best-selling games of 2019 in the United States, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group.

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Kribwalker39d ago

Nintendo killing it like no one else can. 5 exclusives in the top 20 is crazy, especially since 2 of them had released at least the year before

masterfox39d ago

kinda sad imo when you only see Pokemons , Marios in the whole 10 game list and no new IP's, while others have great variation. ;)

porkChop38d ago

How is that sad? If they're selling that well it's obviously because that's what gamers want.

King_Noctis38d ago (Edited 38d ago )

But you are ok with the year NBA, Madden, and COD in the top 5?

The mainline Pokemon and Mario games are not yearly franchises. However, I’m not surprised you cherry-picked those games.

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bouzebbal38d ago

Fun fact, everyone was saying one of wii u problems was that people are tired of the exact same franchises again and again.. Next console comes and still same franchises.. Or worse.. Lots of them are wiiu ports.

Shiken38d ago

Nintendo does have a great variation and they also sell very well. Don't be mad at Nintendo for having IPs with legs. Makes you look like a child. 🙂

Imalwaysright38d ago

I think that is sad that more people buy the PS4 and the X1 to play multiplatform games, mainly online focused ones, than their respective exclusives. No wonder that MTs are so prevelant in this industry.

Cris7tiano38d ago

@Shiken Child? That's ironic coming from a Nintendo fan lol.

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CDbiggen38d ago

Smash Bros deserves that spot. Best game to play with people in the same room.

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yomfweeee38d ago

Nintendo lives and dies by their classic characters. I got a Switch last March and the only games we got so far were Mario Odyssey, both Zelda games, Rabbids, Pokémon Evee, Pokémon Shield, Luigis Mansion and Starlink (which I got for free with Amazon promo).

Look at the third party games on top 20 and how many of them aren't on Switch.

It is the perfect secondary console because of their first party. But with the lack of big name third party it can't be your only console.

But if that works for them, so be it.

Gemmol38d ago

9 out of the 20 on the switch

5 first party and 4 third party

yomfweeee38d ago

That's right gemmol, 14 multiplat games on there, only 4 of which are on Switch (if you're right about 4).

NecrumOddBoy39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

I am proud to see Days Gone in the top 20. It's a great game that took some unfair licks from the media this year.

Thundercat7739d ago

Totally proud too. Against all media hate, the game did beyond awesome and turned out to be both a commercial and critically acclaimed hit.

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hangdang38d ago

It wasn't a critically acclaimed game, though, It's sitting at 71 on Metacritic.

The Wood39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

Nintendo are still on the up and smashed it with quality and varied exclusives. Well done to day's gone and mlb. I think the tables will turn for Sony next year with the quality lined up. Microsoft. . . .not sure what they've got coming apart from infinite but their unit sales or enthusiasm must be low if they couldn't even get their marquee title to feature last year. Guess we'll put that down to game pass right.?

Kribwalker38d ago

Could be, but Gears 4 was never on gamepass and it didn’t make the top list of 2016

Gears 4 hit 3rd on the NPD on it’s launch month, while Gears 5 hit 7th, https://www.windowscentral....
and that didn’t include sales on steam, which were big at launch https://www.windowscentral....

And it appears to have sold better then gears 4 had, according to MS

Thundercat7738d ago

I am glad for Nintendo but this is just 1 year. Sony topped Nintendo the whole decade and The Last of Us was named game of the decade over Zelda.

Dominating a whole decade is bigger than just dominating a year which in turn is the last life cycle year of the PS4.

Majin-vegeta39d ago

They need to get rid of the UE4 and make their own or use the decimal engine

stupidusername38d ago

I’ve been playing it this last week but I’m about to give up 5 hours in. Does it get better?
The transitions between cutscenes and gameplay feel outdated, the AI is terribly basic and the audio is incredibly bad but I’m wondering if it’s because of a bug. And worst of all is the amount of ‘clear out this place’ type of missions.
But I’ve spent money on it and I still want to give it a chance.

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Abnor_Mal39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

Days Gone made it into the top 20, number 19 for all games, number 8 on the PlayStation list. Really happy to see that gamers weren't taken in by the bashing the media gave this game. I guess it was the new kid on the block and had to be jumped in if it wanted to be considered cool and run with the big boys.

No Gears5 on the XBox One list, just multiplatforms.

Where are the VR games list?

Apocalypse Shadow39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

It'll be some time before you see an NPD VR list. Not like when VR showed up on the UK list like with Blood and Truth.

USA is all about dude bro shooters and sports with Mario mixed in for flavor. Mostly the same annual franchises over and over.

But you're right. How about that Gears. Must have not sold that much because of a service. A lot of people "played" it though.

Abnor_Mal39d ago

Well with Half Life Axyl bringing VR into the mainstream lol, we should start seeing VR games on NPD list by next generation as far as the PSVR2. Hopefully being better that the current model, with better controllers and resolution. I'm seeing so many new VR games being ported to PSVR that it seems VR Publishers are finally starting to take notice.

Apocalypse Shadow38d ago

Yeah. Half Life should shoot to the top of the list for VR when it launches. Too bad there is no retail version. It would definitely hit NPD.

I hope so about next gen getting more exposure. It's sometimes hard to go back to flat when I've done that for more than 40 years. It takes old school beat em ups and side scrolling action games to bring me back out of VR.

The 10th Rider38d ago

Honestly, I wasn't too optimistic for Days Gone towards the end of last year, but as it got closer to release they did a really good job polishing things up. The post-launch support has been awesome too. It's a huge win for Sony Bend.

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Saijahn38d ago

Not sure if they account for game pass in their sales figures.

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AK9139d ago

So dissatisfied at the top 5, yes Modern Warfare has a great SP but their MP leaves a lot to be desired.

MasterCornholio39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

I'm surprised that Days Gone made it at #19 on the list. However Nintendo is killing it with their exclusives. Unfortunately Gears 5 isn't on the list.

GaboonViper38d ago

Days Gone is very underrated and glad it made the list, and well done Ninty, so happy Nintendo are doing superb.

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shaggy230338d ago


You'll never see any Xbox exclusives on any sales charts ever again, why would anyone buy a copy of Gears 5 when you can just play it day one on Games Pass, or any Microsoft exclusive for that matter.

I get the feeling Microsoft doesn't care either, for them they are loosing on sales, but if they keep Games Pass subscription numbers up, they are gaining each month from that. After all, a game sale is just that, one game sold. but if you can keep someone subscribing to Games Pass, that's money each and every month

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