Mario Golf: Super Rush | Source: Nintendo

Even though the world is reopening and families are starting to get outside their homes, the U.S. video game industry is still booming.

According to The NPD Group, retail sales for the first half of 2021 grew 15% vs the first six months of 2020 for a total take of $28.9 billion. Sales growth slowed a bit in June as total consumer spending across video game hardware, content, and accessories spiked 5% over last year.

While game content was up just 1% and gaming accessories fell by 1%, gaming hardware sales spiked 112% last month. Overall, gaming hardware is up 45% this year. NPD says that the Microsoft Series X|S consoles led the charge in total dollar spend last month while Nintendo Switch continued to dominate in terms of units sold. Nintendo Switch remains this year’s best-selling hardware platform in both dollar and unit sales while Sony’s Playstation 5 is the fastest-selling platform in U.S. history in terms of units sold during its first eight months in the market.

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The Top 10 Games in the U.S. for June 2021

  1. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Sony)
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War (Activision Blizzard)
  3. Mario Golf: Super Rush* (Nintendo)
  4. MLB: The Show ’21^ (Sony)
  5. Scarlet Nexus (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  6. Resident Evil: Village (Capcom USA)
  7. Mario Kart 8* (Nintendo)
  8. Minecraft (Various publishers)
  9. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Sony)
  10. Mortal Kombat 11 (Warner Bros. Interactive)

*Digital sales not included. ^Xbox digital sales not included.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.