Hogwarts Legacy is the Best-Selling Video Game in the U.S. Market in 2023

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In 2023, Hogwarts Legacy emerged as the best-selling game in the United States, surpassing even stalwarts like Call of Duty.

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Hogwarts Legacy is the Best-Selling Video Game in the U.S. Market in 2023

According to final data from Circana, Hogwarts Legacy secured its position as the best-selling game of the year in the United States by selling 12 million copies in its first two weeks. It kept up its strong sales throughout the year as it was launched on last-generation platforms. Notably, this achievement breaks the streak of Rockstar games and Call of Duty titles that have traditionally dominated the annual sales chart.

It’s the first time since 2008 (with the original Rock Band) that a game developed by Rockstar or a Call of Duty game has not claimed the top spot in the annual sales chart.

Though Hogwarts Legacy has topped the charts, Modern Warfare 3 and Modern Warfare 2 both ranked No. 2 and No. 7 on the annual software list. Madden NFL 24 debuted at No. 3, placing it above Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, a PS5 exclusive, at No. 4. And since Nintendo withholds its digital sales information from Circana, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom came in at number five just from physical sales.

The complete list of best-selling games of 2023 in the US (Top 20 Best-Selling Premium Games), based on Circana’s data, includes:

  1. Hogwarts Legacy
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  3. Madden NFL 25
  4. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  6. Diablo 4
  7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  8. Mortal Kombat 1
  9. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  10. EA Sports FC 24
  11. Starfield
  12. Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  13. Resident Evil 4
  14. MLB: The Show 23
  15. Dead Island 2
  16. Final Fantasy 16
  17. Street Fighter 6
  18. Elden Ring
  19. Mario Kart 8
  20. Minecraft
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Not only the general list, but Circana also shared the list of best-selling games in the US charts in 2023 on specific consoles.

Top 20 Titles Ranked by U.S. Monthly Active Users:

RankPlayStation TitlesXbox TitlesSteam Titles
1.FortniteFortniteLethal Company
2.Call of Duty HQ*Call of Duty HQ*The Finals
3.Grand Theft Auto V (Remastered)Grand Theft Auto V (Remastered)Counter-Strike 2
4.RobloxRobloxBaldur’s Gate III
5.Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Sony)MinecraftReady or Not
6.God of War: RagnarokThe FinalsCyberpunk 2077
7.NBA 2K24Goat Simulator 3Call of Duty HQ*
8.Madden NFL 24 [EA Sports]Rainbow Six: Siege [Tom Clancy’s]Rocket League
9.PowerWash SimulatorFar Cry 6BattleBit: Remastered
10.The FinalsMadden NFL 24 [EA Sports]Grand Theft Auto V (Remastered)
11.Mortal Kombat 1NBA 2K24Destiny 2
12.MinecraftRemnant IIApex Legends
13.Apex LegendsRocket LeagueRust
14.LEGO 2K DriveForza Horizon 5Team Fortress 2
15.Rocket LeagueStarfieldWarhammer 40,000: Darktide
16.Rainbow Six: Siege [Tom Clancy’s]Apex LegendsVampire Survivors
17.Cyberpunk 2077Overwatch 2Risk of Rain 2
18.Destiny 2Destiny 2Warframe
19.Overwatch 2Halo: InfiniteRainbow Six: Siege [Tom Clancy’s]
20.NBA 2K23Madden NFL 23 [EA Sports]Deep Rock Galactic

Top 20 Best-Selling Premium Games by U.S.:

RankPlayStation TitlesXbox TitlesNintendo Titles
1.Hogwarts LegacyCall of Duty: Modern Warfare III (2023)The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
2.Marvel’s Spider-Man 2Hogwarts LegacySuper Mario Bros. Wonder
3.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (2023)Madden NFL 24Mario Kart 8
4.Madden NFL 24Diablo IVPokemon: Scarlet/Violet
5.Star Wars: Jedi: SurvivorCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022)Hogwarts Legacy
6.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022)Star Wars: Jedi: SurvivorSuper Mario RPG (2023)
7.Mortal Kombat 1StarfieldSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate
8.Diablo IVMortal Kombat 1New Super Mario Bros.
9.EA Sports FC 24EA Sports FC 24Mario Party Superstars
10.MLB: The Show 23Dead Island 2Minecraft
11.Final Fantasy XVIResident Evil 4 (2023)Animal Crossing: New Horizons
12.Resident Evil 4 (2023)Assassin’s Creed: MirageThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
13.God of War: RagnarokCall of Duty: Black Ops IIISuper Mario 3D World
14.Dead Island 2Elden RingSuper Mario Odyssey
15.Street Fighter 6Dead Space (2023)Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope
16.Assassin’s Creed: MirageCall of Duty: Black Ops IINintendo Switch Sports
17.FIFA 23 [EA Sports]Madden NFL 23Pikmin 4
18.Gran Turismo 7FIFA 23Kirby’s Retum to Dream Land
19.NBA 2K24*NHL 24Luigi’s Mansion 3
20.Dead Space (2023)Remnant IIFire Emblem Engage

Another fact to note is, that Hogwarts Legacy was the best-selling game of the year on PlayStation platforms, ranked 2nd on Xbox platforms, and placed 5th on Nintendo platforms.

On the hardware front, the PS5 claimed the top spot as the best-selling console in both units and dollars, followed by the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X/S.

In terms of overall spending on video game content, Circana reported a 1% increase from 2022. The gaming landscape in 2023 witnessed a refreshing change with Hogwarts Legacy making a significant impact on the sales charts.

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