Here are the best-selling video games of 2022 in the US

Call of Duty is the most successful video game franchise created in the US and the fourth best-selling video game franchise of all time.

The best-selling games of 2022 have been revealed, and it should come as no surprise that Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is in the top spot.

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The Best-selling US games of 2022

American market research company, The NPD Group, which has been tracking the video game industry since 1995, revealed the ten best-selling games of 2022 in the US. Game Freak will be thrilled to see that their two RPG titles for 2022 are featured in the list, with Pokemon Scarlet and Violet coming in sixth place and Pokemon Legends: Arceus coming in eighth place.

Winning over 149 GOTY awards this year, Elden Ring deservedly took the second spot on the list, while its biggest competitor, God of War: Ragnarok, came in fourth place. FIFA 23, the last entry in the game's franchise under EA and FIFA's 29-year partnership, was ranked seventh, while EA's latest American football video game title, Madden NFL 23, swooped in to take third place on the list.

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Elden Ring has sold more than 17.5 million copies.
  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Blizzard)
  2. Elden Ring (Bandai Namco)
  3. Madden NFL 23 (Electronic Arts)
  4. God of War: Ragnarök (Sony)
  5. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Warner Bros. Games)
  6. Pokemon: Scarlet and Violet* (Nintendo)
  7. FIFA 23 (Electronic Arts)
  8. Pokemon Legends Arceus* (Nintendo)
  9. Horizon Forbidden West (Sony)
  10. MLB The Show 22^ (Sony/MLB)

* Digital sales not included
^ Xbox & Switch digital sales not included

December 2022’s Best-selling US games

Additionally, the NPD Group published a list of the top 10 best-selling US video games from December. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 retained the top spot on the list, while Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, which was released in November, climbed up to second. The only games on the December list that were not included on the year's best-selling list are Sega's Sonic Frontiers, EA's Need for Speed Unbound, Nintendo's Mario Kart 8, and Square Enix's Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.

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God of War Ragnarok sold 5.1 million units in its first week, becoming the fastest-selling first-party game in PlayStation history.
  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Blizzard)
  2. Pokemon: Scarlet and Violet* (Nintendo)
  3. God of War: Ragnarök (Sony)
  4. Madden NFL 23 (Electronic Arts)
  5. FIFA 23 (Electronic Arts)
  6. Sonic Frontiers (Sega)
  7. Elden Ring (Bandai Namco)
  8. Need for Speed Unbound (Electronic Arts)
  9. Mario Kart 8* (Nintendo)
  10. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII: Reunion (Square Enix)

* Digital sales not included

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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet sold over 10 million copies in their first three days, making them Nintendo's biggest launch of all time.

It's important to note that the digital sales for Nintendo games and the Xbox and Switch versions of MLB The Show 22 are not included in NPD's research data. Titles like Pokemon Scarlet and Violet and Pokemon Legends: Arceus might have a higher ranking if this data was included.

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