Ghost of Tsushima PS5 PS4

Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut has caused sales of the open world title from Sucker Punch Productions to absolutely skyrocket, boosting the game from 110th place in July all the way up to second spot following the expanded release's launch on PlayStation 5 and PS4 last month. It was beaten only by new entry Madden NFL 22, but forced Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War to settle for third. Compared to August 2020, consumer spending on hardware, content, and accessories grew by seven per cent, which the PS5 console has surely played a part in. Sony's new system remains the fastest-selling PlayStation console in history.

Other talking points include Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales increasing US sales to finish fifth, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart slipped slightly to 13th, and MLB The Show 21 just about managed to stay in the top 10. Third-party titles such as Assassin's Creed Valhalla received huge boosts in sales, with the Ubisoft title climbing from 20th up to ninth.

NPD Software Top 20: August 2021

  1. Madden NFL 22
  2. Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut
  3. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  4. Humankind
  5. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  6. Mario Kart 8*
  7. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword*
  8. Minecraft
  9. Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  10. MLB The Show 21^
  11. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  12. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  13. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  14. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  15. Pokemon Sword/Shield*
  16. Mortal Kombat 11
  17. Super Mario 3D World*
  18. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  19. Mario Golf: Super Rush*
  20. Super Mario Party*

NPD PS5, PS4 Software: August 2021

  1. Madden NFL 22
  2. Ghost of Tsushima
  3. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  5. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  6. MLB The Show 21
  7. Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  8. Minecraft
  9. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  10. The Last of Us: Part II

NPD Best-Selling Games of 2021

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. MLB The Show 21^
  3. Resident Evil Village
  4. Madden NFL 22
  5. Super Mario 3D World*
  6. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  7. Mario Kart 8*
  8. Monster Hunter Rise
  9. Minecraft
  10. Assassin's Creed Valhalla

* Digital sales not included
^ Xbox digital sales not included