End-of-year figures show sales of physical goods in the game industry reached $13.13 billion.
Big, long-lived franchises dominated the video gaming world in 2015, with “Call of Duty: Black Ops III,” “Madden NFL 16” and “Fallout 4” topping the U.S. sales charts, according to NPD Group.
Here’s the full top 10, and the publisher of each, from NPD’s data:
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Activision Blizzard)
2. Madden NFL 16 (Electronic Arts)
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3. Fallout 4 (Bethesda Softworks)
4. Star Wars Battlefront 2015 (Electronic Arts)
5. Grand Theft Auto V (Take 2 Interactive)
6. NBA 2K16 (Take 2 Interactive)
7. Minecraft (Microsoft)
8. Mortal Kombat X (Warner Bros. Interactive)
9. FIFA 16 (Electronic Arts)
10. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision Blizzard)
NPD’s data tallies retail sales of new games across game consoles, including the Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox, as well as personal computers. It excludes the growing realm of digital game purchases. Also excluded are games bundled as package deals with new consoles.
The U.S. video game industry as a whole sold $13.13 billion in physical goods last year, unchanged from 2014.
That figure consists of $4.86 billion in sales of consoles and other hardware, down 4 percent from a year earlier; $5.29 billion in games, down 3 percent; and $3.1 billion in accessories like headsets and interactive gaming toys, up 12 percent.
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the latest generation of each console, are far outpacing their predecessors in sales, NPD said. Through the first 26 months of availability of this generation, combined sales exceed those of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 during the same span by 47 percent.