The Nintendo Switch is America’s top-selling console for the fifth year in a row. Here are the best-selling games of 2022.
The Nintendo Switch continues to be the most popular console sold in North America for the fifth year running. Neither Xbox nor PS5 outpaced the Switch in sales in 2022, helping the console claim the title. The strong catalog of first-party titles also continue to drive software sales for the console.
9 out of 10 best-selling games on this list were published by Nintendo. Only Warner Bros. Interactive managed to breakthrough with the LEGO Star Wars: Skywalker Saga release. It’s an impressive debut made all the more impressive by the first-party titles that absolutely dominate the list. Let’s take a peek at the best-selling games on Nintendo Switch in 2022, according to NPD Group data.
Top 10 Best-Selling Switch Games of 2022
- Pokemon Scarlet/Violet
- Pokemon Legends: Arceus
- Mario Kart 8
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land
- Nintendo Switch Sports
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
- Mario Party Superstars
- Splatoon 3
These sales numbers take into consideration physical sales only for the Nintendo published games on the list. Nintendo sometimes shares more information on its lifetime first-party titles during its yearly financial calls. What’s impressive is how much of Nintendo’s catalog is primarily driven by first-party multi-player games.
It’s also important to note that while Nintendo continues to lead the pack in units sold, PS5 leads in dollars. That’s because each console costs nearly twice that of a Nintendo Switch. Rumors of a successor to the Nintendo Switch have also gotten heavier over the last few years. The Nintendo Switch OLED was rumored to have been a planned hardware upgrade–but the pandemic impacted those plans. Will we see a successor to the Nintendo Switch in 2023?
Nintendo also faces stiff competition from Valve with the Steam Deck, as long-time PC gamers now have a handheld that can take their desktop games mobile.
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