Hogwarts Legacy has ended a 14-year streak that saw either a Call of Duty game or a title from Rockstar Games named the best-selling game of the year in the USA. The Harry Potter simulator has been named the best-selling game of 2023 in new data from Circana, beating Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. It's not known how many copies the game has sold in the USA, but worldwide sales were at 22 million at the end of last year.
The record Hogwarts Legacy has beaten dates back to 2009, when Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (the PS3 version) was named the best-selling game of the year. Since then, either an entry in the FPS franchise or a Rockstar Games-developed title has sold best in the USA. GTA V topped the list in 2013 and then Red Dead Redemption 2 did the same in 2018. Other than the two open-worlders from Rockstar Games, the USA's best-selling game has been a Call of Duty title every year since 2009. Hogwarts Legacy broke the streak with PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC versions at launch in February 2023, and PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch ports later on in the year.
As for other titles, Marvel's Spider-Man 2 was the USA's fourth best-selling game of 2023, while Diablo 4 took sixth, and Mortal Kombat 1 claimed eighth. Looking purely at the month of December, PS5 was the best-selling platform in terms of both units sold and dollars generated. That is despite heavy discounts on the Xbox Series X|S systems, which couldn't shove the Nintendo Switch in second spot and instead came in third place.
Top 10 Best-Selling Games of 2023 in the USA
- Hogwarts Legacy
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
- Madden NFL 24
- Marvel's Spider-Man 2
- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom*
- Diablo 4
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022)
- Mortal Kombat 1
- Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
- EA Sports FC 24
*Digital sales not included