Monster Hunter: World and Dragon Ball FighterZ Top the January NPD Software Charts


The NPD Group have released their full January sales data, and it was a good month for Japanese publishers. The Nintendo Switch topped the hardware charts yet again, and the software charts were headlined by Monster Hunter: World and Dragon Ball FighterZ. The two newcomers bumped previous chart-topper Call of Duty: WWII down to third spot, which is impressive, as Monster Hunter and Dragon Ball were on sale for less than a week in January (both came out January 26).

Other notable takeaways include PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds continuing to climb the charts (NPD’s numbers are based solely on the Xbox One version, since they don’t track Steam sales) and Star Wars Battlefront II’s hard drop from #2 in December to the #11 spot in January. Meanwhile, the struggling Destiny 2 has completely disappeared from the list.

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Here’s the NPD’s full January top 20:

  1. Monster Hunter: World
  2. Dragon Ball FighterZ
  3. Call of Duty: WWII
  4. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. NBA 2K18
  7. Super Mario Odyssey
  8. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  9. Mario Kart 8
  10. Madden NFL 18
  11. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  12. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  13. UFC 3
  14. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  15. FIFA 18
  16. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse
  17. The Sims 4
  18. Splatoon 2
  19. Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT
  20. Need for Speed: Payback

And here’s the updated list of the best-selling games of the past 12 months:

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. NBA 2K18
  3. Destiny 2
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Star Wars Battlefront II
  8. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
  9. Super Mario Odyssey
  10. Mario Kart 8

Dragon Ball FighterZ will probably drop off quickly (anime games have a fairly niche appeal), but it will be interesting to see if Monster Hunter: World can hold onto the top spot in February. The game has already moved 6 million copies, and no major games are coming out this month, so it’s certainly possible! What games did you pick up in January?