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Sony is likely to have a stranglehold on the games industry this year, although Nintendo looks set to remain a close competitor, of course. On the back of an enormous relaunching exercise, the PS5 topped the NPD sales charts in the United States for January 2023, beating out its closest competitor the Nintendo Switch in both units and dollar sales. Despite this, neither console’s success could offset a slide in consumer spending across other consoles, resulting in a five per cent decline in industry spend compared to the same period in 2022.

Despite the overall slump, Sony will be satisfied with the results. The Last of Us: Part I – powered by the success of HBO’s record-breaking show – enjoyed an enormous resurgence, climbing an incredible 25 places to reach 11th position in the software charts. It charted just a few places behind God of War Ragnarok, and above the evergreen Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. New release Forspoken landed in seventh spot, although it’s hard to determine whether Square Enix will be satisfied with that performance given the scope of the project and marketing spend.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 topped the charts, but Dead Space’s remake did incredibly well, finishing in second position. The other major multiformat release of the month, One Piece Odyssey, also performed sturdily, finishing up in ninth position overall. We’ve included the full list of best sellers below for your perusal. Did you buy any new games in January 2023, and if so, what did you get? Let us know in the comments section below.

NPD Software Top 20: January 2023

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  2. Dead Space
  3. Madden NFL 23
  4. FIFA 23
  5. Fire Emblem Engage*
  6. Elden Ring
  7. Forspoken
  8. God of War Ragnarok
  9. One Piece Odyssey
  10. Pokémon Scarlet/Violet*
  11. The Last of Us: Part I
  12. Sonic Frontiers
  13. Monster Hunter Rise
  14. Mario Kart 8*
  15. Minecraft
  16. Need for Speed Unbound
  17. Just Dance 2023
  18. NBA 2K23*
  19. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  20. NHL 23

* Digital sales not included