The Last of Us: Part II | Source: Naughty Dog

It’s a familiar tale at this point that video game sales have been booming in an era defined by a global pandemic.

According to The NPD Group, total spending on video games surged to $1.2 billion in the U.S. last month, a 26% surge when compared to last June. The increase across hardware, games, and accessories accounted for the biggest June month since 2019. Overall, the entire industry is up 19% year-to-date — an incredible feat for an industry that should be down as we approach the end of a console generation and prepare for the debut of Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Sony’s Playstation 5 this holiday season.

That said, hardware sales have seemingly peaked. Total hardware spending in June fell 17% over last year. This was the first month showing year-over-year declines since February. Once again, Nintendo Switch dominated sales charts.

Naughty Dog’s much-buzzed-about The Last of Us: Part II topped the game charts for June, and quickly became the third best-selling game of the year despite being a platform exclusive for Playstation 4.

Impressively, the new hardware boom from March-June led a 29% increase in sales for video game accessories with new dollar sales records set for gamepads, steering wheels, controller enhancements, and headsets.

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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.