NPD: Call of Duty Tops December US Sales; Final Fantasy XV Ranks Second but Wins on PS4

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare tops the NPD charts once again, but Final Fantasy XV performed admirably as well.

on January 19, 2017 7:00 PM

After revealing that PS4 won the busy month of December in the United States among home consoles, the NPD released today its software charts, ranking games for dollar revenue both across December and the whole year.

December sales ranked by dollar revenue:

  1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  2. Final Fantasy XV
  3. Battlefield 1
  4. Madden NFL 17
  5. NBA 2K17
  6. Watch Dogs 2
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Pokémon Sun
  9. FIFA 17
  10. Pokémon Moon

2016 sales ranked by dollar revenue:

  1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  2. Battlefield 1
  3. Tom Clancy’s The Division
  4. NBA 2K17
  5. Madden NFL 17
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Overwatch
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  9. FIFA 17
  10. Final Fantasy XV

On the hardware side, we learn that the PlayStation 4 Slim System 500GB Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End bundle was the best selling hardware offering in December, selling 1.2 million units during the month. Interestingly, in the November-December Holiday season, 18% of cumulative PS4 sales were PS4 Pro units.

On the Xbox One front, December shown a 10% year-on-year increase in unit sales from 2015.

While Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was at the top of December sales for the ninth consecutive year (considering the Call of Duty franchise), Final Fantasy XV is the top seller among games on PS4. Square Enix’s successful JRPG also had the best console launch in the history of the franchise, selling 19% more new physical copies than Final Fantasy XIII in the same time frame. On the other hand, if we count full game digital sales, Final Fantasy XV brought home 54% more in revenue than its predecessor in its debut month.

Pokémon Sun and Moon dominated portable gaming, and by the end of December they have sold  4.21 million units combined in the United States, which is the best result since Pokémon Diamond and Pearl sold 4.25 million units combined in the same time frame in 2007.

Recently, we learned that Final Fantasy XV shipped six million units worldwide, and given the results released today a sizable chunk are in the United States.

If you’re curious on how we feel about the top three, you can read my reviews of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Final Fantasy XV and Battlefield 1Final Fantasy XV was also crowned our game of the year, both by our staff and by our readers.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.