The NPD Group, an analyst group that follow sales data and more in the industry, have the results in for the best-selling games of 2017. The results may (or may not) surprise you, depending on how tuned in you are to the popular space of video games. Overall, 2017 was a solid year for games as a whole, seeing an 11 percent growth in sales.
Once again, a Call of Duty game topped the list, with Call of Duty: WW2 selling more than any other entry since 2012. Not even server issues could slow it down. Even with its biggest sales in years, that hasn't stopped Call of Duty from dominating the yearly lists with a previous four-year streak being snatched away only by Grand Theft Auto 5 in 2013.
Call of Duty resumed its reign at the top of NPD's yearly charts after. Of course, the NPD doesn't account for everything. Some companies withhold their earnings for certain sales, as Bungie did for Destiny 2's PC sales this year and Nintendo does with their digital sales across all games. Games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds are absent too, having not shared their precise numbers with The NPD Group. Though, from what we know, the game sold around 20 million copies before its Xbox One release.
Rounding out the rest of the list aren't any surprises. Star Wars Battlefront 2, considering all the drama around its release, is still at number eight on the list (though, that does not count its PC sales). Grand Theft Auto 5 continued to sell aplenty, as we assume every human in the entire world owns at least three copies of the 2013 Rockstar game at this point in time. Last year, the game even passed a major milestone in being the best-selling game of all-time in the U.S. since The NPD Group began tracking sales in 1995. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands, a sleeper hit that sold a lot and has a fairly quiet community, came in at number seven on the NPD list.
You can find the entirety of The NPD Group's best-selling games of 2017 below.
NPD’s 10 best-selling games of 2017
- Call of Duty: WWII
- NBA 2K18
- Destiny 2**
- Madden NFL 18
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
- Star Wars: Battlefront II**
- Super Mario Odyssey*
- Mario Kart 8*
* Digital sales not included
** PC digital sales not included