Insights: The Best Selling Video Games Of 2023

The fun that may be gained by playing one of the most popular video games of 2022 is well known to gamers.

You’re enabling yourself to participate in the conversation by playing a game that millions of people have played. Additionally, you’re participating in a current pop cultural mainstay. You’ll be able to claim to have played it and participate in the subsequent installment of the franchise.

These 2022 best-sellers span a wide range of tastes and styles, from the most recent title in an ongoing series to a brand-new, thrilling title. Almost every genre, console, and age group are covered here, including sports games, first-person shooters, racing, and fantasy. Taking a look at the best-selling video games of 2023

Here Are Best 10 Selling Video Games 2023

1. Elden Rings

Elden Ring comes last but not least. Is anything here surprising?

In 2022, this game occupied a large portion of the talk. It is only logical to place it first on the list. Elden Ring is a genuine mega hit created in the same vein as another well-liked game, Dark Souls, and was created with the assistance of fantasy master, George R.R. Martin.

Nearly 14 million copies of Elden Ring had been sold as of the end of Q2 2022. Those figures are likely much higher once Q3 draws to a close. It is presently ranked first among the best-selling video games of 2022. (so far, of course). It wouldn’t be unexpected if it stayed there at the end of the year.

2. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga capitalizes on the LEGO craze that swept the video game industry in the 2000s and early 2010s by collecting all nine of the main Star Wars films and giving them the full LEGO treatment. The LEGO video game franchise has consistently achieved high sales, from LEGO Harry Potter to LEGO Indiana Jones, LEGO Lord of the Rings, and LEGO Incredibles. This latest episode carries on that pattern.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was highly anticipated due to its scale, complexity, and numerous delays, and it did so well for a variety of reasons. Yes, there was buzz, but there were also a lot of players who were nostalgic because they had played earlier versions of this game as children and wanted to go back and indulge their inner child.

In addition, a whole new generation of children and adults believed that this was the ideal time to explore the LEGO Star Wars universe. Whatever the reason, though, these sales figures indicate that there will probably be more LEGO games in the future.

3. Pokémon Legends: Arceus

It’s not entirely surprising to see how successful Pokémon Legends: Arceus has been in 2022 so far given that it is a predecessor to Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, one of the most widely played Pokémon games of all time.

Arceus, a game from the eighth generation of the Pokémon brand, sends players back in time to the first period of Japan’s colonization and gives them the mission of, you guessed it, catching every Pokémon in the area.

Arceus is a deserving candidate for this third place on the list of the best-selling video games of 2022 with over 12 million copies already sold (and those figures are expected to increase as Black Friday and the holiday season approach). Pokémon will probably always be well-liked, and Arceus confirms that.

4. Horrizon II :Forbidden West

PlayStation users finally received Horizon II: Forbidden West, the game they had been expecting five years after the release of Horizon Zero Dawn.

The PlayStation exclusive, which was released in Q1 2022, rapidly raced to the top of the charts and managed to hold that position for the majority of the year. This 2022 best-seller unquestionably earned its slot because to a wider map and general upgrades over the original game.

It’s impressive that Horizon II, a PlayStation exclusive, has sold more copies than many other PlayStation exclusive titles. The fact that the original game was well-liked and the sequel appears to be equally as good speaks something about the type of people who are committed to this more recent franchise. Additionally, by being included in the PlayStation 5 game lineup, it undoubtedly attracted a whole new group of potential fans.

5. MLB: The Show 2

The release of a new MLB: The Show game every year is essentially certain, much like Madden. It’s no different this year, with MLB: The Show 22’s release putting the game here at number five thus far.

Both players and journalists were pleased to see The Show, the seventeenth installment in this decades-old series, grow and improve upon classic modes this time around.

The fact that The Show is playable on the Nintendo Switch for the first time in the franchise’s history may have contributed to some of its strong sales numbers. Future iterations of the game will sell even better with the inclusion of these new fans because this introduces the franchise to an entirely new sort of gamer and a completely new generation of gamers.

6. Call Of Duty: Vanguard

Call of Duty: Vanguard has been released for nine months, but sales are still higher than those of far more recent games. That’s the Call of Duty franchise summed up for you, though: Regardless of the complaints fans and critics may have about the most recent entry in the enduringly successful series, they will always turn out for the new one.

Even though it was still listed as one of the 2022 bestsellers, Call of Duty: Vanguard was regarded as a bit of a letdown. That holds true for both sales and gaming. Vanguard demonstrates that the Call of Duty franchise needs to come up with something better the next time if they want to continue to be successful. This includes historical inaccuracies, a lack of creative new features, and generally worse numbers compared to previous editions.

7. Gran Turismo 7

It only makes reasonable that this eagerly awaited mainstream entry in the long-running Gran Turismo series would sell so incredibly well given that Gran Turismo 6’s 2013 release was nearly ten years ago. (Its excellent aesthetics and engaging gameplay also contribute.) Gran Turismo’s seventh version broke the previous franchise high for first-month sales.

Although several people complained about the amount of in-game microtransactions, this is more of a problem with the video game industry as a whole than it is with Gran Turismo 7.

The praise of critics paints a more accurate image of this most recent Gran Turismo game’s quality. They commended the game’s cutting-edge graphics, extensive list of chores, and overall original take on a tried-and-true genre.

8. Kirdy And The Forgotten Land

There have been thirteen main Kirby franchise entries to date, and fans keep showing up for the most recent releases. The most recent Kirby game is precisely that: Kirby and the Forgotten Land (and one of the most highly rated entries in the series to date).

The Forgotten Land is a huge hit with Kirby fans and franchise newcomers alike. It is the first mainline entry to be fully animated in 3D.

The popularity of Kirby and the Forgotten Land essentially ensures that other Kirby installments will continue to be planned for release in the years to come after selling 2.1 million units in its first two weeks and continuing to sell many millions in the months that have followed. It makes sense because Kirby is a likeable main character and because Kirby games are easy for even the most inexperienced players to pick up.

9. Mario Kart 8

The fact that this eighth chapter of the Mario Kart series is still selling so well after all these years is a remarkable testament to its enduring popularity. Mario Kart 8 was released for the Wii U eight years ago—almost a decade!—and people are still purchasing it like it was just released last week.

It even outperforms Madden NFL 2022, a game that was only released last summer. But it makes sense because it’s entertaining, family-friendly, a console mainstay, and incredibly simple to learn.

Not to mention, Mario Kart 8 constantly adds a ton of new tracks to the game as part of ongoing updates. Since this release strategy is anticipated to last through 2023, Mario Kart 8’s position on the bestseller lists for that year is unlikely to change considerably over time.

Nintendo is probably taking its sweet time because they know that this eighth installment is still performing just well even though fans are asking for a new version of the wildly popular game.

10. Madden NFL 2022

Madden NFL 2022, the most recent game in a series with decades of history, barely qualifies as one of the most popular video games of 2022. (so far). The game’s cover depicts NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs), the first dual cover for the game series since 2009. The 33rd game in this long-running series, Madden NFL 2022, makes its inclusion on the year’s best-sellers all but certain.

Reviews for new Madden games are typically inconsistent, and the 2022 version is no exception. Both players and reviewers have criticized the game’s flawed mechanics, scant new features added between the prior and this editions, and overall lackluster gameplay. Still, you can be sure it will sell well as long as new Madden games are produced.

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