Nintendo has shared a lot of positive news about its global hardware and software hardware sales over the past few weeks and now the NPD Group has revealed the "top 10" most played video games in the first quarter of 2022.
The only first-party title on the list from Nintendo was Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Other games featured included titles like Minecraft, Fortnite and Among Us. Here's a bit of extra detail, via Mat Piscatella of the NPD Group:
"Here are the top 10 most played games of Q1 2022 in the U.S. ranked by year of initial release. (Source: The NPD Group's PlayerPulse) Half of the top 10 weren't launched this decade. Elden Ring ranked 20th. Ahead of it were games like Rocket League, World of Warcraft and Skyrim."
– Minecraft (2009)
– Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
– The Sims 4 (2014)
– Fortnite (2017)
– Among Us (2018)
– Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020)
– Call of Duty: Warzone (2020)
– Madden NFL 22 (2021)
– Call of Duty: Vanguard (2021)
– NBA 2K22 (2021)
According to Nintendo's most recent financial data, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now the second-highest selling Switch game globally - shifting 38.64 million units. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still out in front with 45.33 million units.
What do you think of the top 10 most played games of Q1 2022 in the US? Have you been playing any of these titles? Tell us down in the comments.
[source twitter.com, via nintendoeverything.com]
who plays the sims in 2022???
I played The Sims Bustin' Out (PS2 & Gamecube), The Sims 3 + Pets on PS3, The Sims 3 Pets 3DS, The Sims 4 PS4.
And My Sims, My Sims Kingdom, My Sims Party, My Sims Racing, My Sims Agents, My Sims Sky Heroes.
No real surprises for me, personally fell of Animal Crossing but good to see it's still going strong
@valharian My wife and now apparently my sister.
Does 'most played' mean most hours or most people? Many games aren't really meant to be played for 200 hours. And if they mean most people, I bet they don't count games like Candy Crush.
The same website had a 'most sold games of 2022' and it included Arceus, Kirby, and Mario Kart 8 in top 10.
Animal Crossing was my most played in 2020 and second most in 2021. After 600 hours I think I've finally retired but there are definitely plenty of people out there still playing the DLC for 8 zillion hours.
I probably contributed the majority amount of time in Minecraft lol.
Removed - unconstructive
Im a sucker for age of empires type games. Northgard on switch is just a treat. I can play those types for hours n hours
@FishyS I don’t think most people would expect mobile games to be included in these numbers. It’d be like comparing the NBA to a cooking show because they’re both on TV.
As for Mario Kart 8, Kirby, and the rest, no that’s not really a surprise either. People like Nintendo games: that’s why they’re still in business. The real surprise is that Elden Ring made the top 10 and that’s coming from a huge fan of the series.
@Bolt_Strike Actually both of those games are in the top 10 sold for 2022, just not in the top 10 played. I’d say that makes sense, as there’s not too much reason to keep playing Kirby after you beat it, compared to Minecraft or animal crossing, games that you never really “beat “.
So all those Mario kart copies sold and no ones playing it
@UltimateOtaku91 That’s a common misconception. See, this is a top 10 list, but people are actually playing more games than just those on this list.
@nimnio In my mind it's odd to count Genshin Impact (mostly a mobile game but also on pc) differently than fortnite (mostly a pc game but also on mobile). I would be curious which has the most players overall. Not to mention that half the games on Switch are mobile ports. 😝 I do agree genre-wise that comparing cooking shows and NBA is weird, but this list literally has NBA and life simulation games with cooking so is already a bit weird comparing every possible genre at once. Personally I would want all the free-to-play games separated from the list because it seems unfair to compare them with paid; that would segregate most mobile games but also games like fortnite.
@valharian apparently many, many people
@Bolt_Strike are you joking?
And this is why Sims 4 keeps getting broken packs.
@Bolt_Strike while I can understand Legends. Who is playing Kirby 100+ hours?
@Bolt_Strike pretty much all kids are normies
Okay, I see what's going on here, I misinterpreted. The article comes off like these are the best Switch games but another look at this list suggests otherwise. I'd like to know what the Top 10 most played Nintendo games of 2022 are (if games like Mario Kart 8, Legends Arceus, and Kirby aren't on THAT list, I'd be very shocked). I don't care what people are playing on Playstation, Xbox, PC, or mobile because it's all normie crap and part of the reason I'm a Nintendo fan is to get away from all of that.
Animal crossing is just so addictive, and a perfect pick up and play game for 15-20 mins a day, it's a great diversion from the more traditional games I am currently playing on my Switch and Series X.
@valharian The Sims is massive and they're constantly making new DLC packs for it.
I'm still amazed by now that there are no more updates for "Animal crossing: New horizons", it's a massive seller, second only to "Mario kart 8 Deluxe", and #5 most played!
It's a massive success, still popular after 2 years, there's no sequel on the horizon (That we know of, anyway), why drop update support for it?
@Bolt_Strike Since this is most played it makes sense that it shows games with a lot of replay value like MineCraft, GTA V, Fortnite etc.
While Legends of Arceus and Kirby were good games, most players likely just played the story mode and after that barely returned to them. Those games got most content from the story, while about all the games listed here got big online modes and contain more of a never-ending gameplay cycle. Mario Kart 8 does fit this bill though. I was expecting that to be played more than Animal Crossing this year to be honest.
@MysticX This list is ranked in the order these games released. AC is not necessarily #5.
I haven't played a single game on that list. Closest I've come is watching my kid play Fortnite and Minecraft. And she keeps asking me for GTA, but last time I checked my parenting handbook, 14 was a little young for GTA.
This list doesn’t surprise me though. Most people don’t have gaming as their primary hobby and many that do have small libraries (in relation to the number of games available). People play what has a satisfying game loop and is popular/trendy. And all the games on that list mostly satisfy that.
@valharian my sister does, and there is a huge, and I mean huge modding community that is very active for it…
Just goes to show that some games that are quote unquote “dead” aren’t actually dead at all. The general public just doesn’t talk about it as much as they used to
It’s interesting that I’ve seen memes about how some of these games died a long time ago.., no, they haven’t. It’s just y’know, the memes and stuff have died down… it’s no longer trendy to talk about em like when they first burst onto the scene.
They may not be “as” popular as they were, doesn’t mean they still ain’t getting played.
@BTB20 Fair enough, it's in the top 10 out of... how many games?
Still quite a staggering feat, and still hard to understand why no more updates are coming, unless they're working on another Animal Crossing game but haven't announced it yet...
What about my 400 extra hours in Smash this quarter?
@Alpha008 I mean you can't look at a single tweet from Fortnite without hundreds of kids saying "dead game" over and over and over. Internet people are pretty stupid as a general rule of thumb.
At 700 hours of Fortnite I'm enjoying it more than when I first started (even if the Switch can barely handle it at times). Spent $8 for a battle pass 2 years ago and still get it free every season from that one purchase, now THAT'S how you do f2p companies.
@MysticX They dropped update support for ACNH because the dev team had moved on to Splatoon 3.
@MysticX I would assume that because they’re constantly making new games, the devs had to move on to the next project because they didn’t schedule it knowing anch would be such a huge success. That’s only my speculation though
@FishyS All good points. It would be nice to know a lot more about the data. Now that I re-read your first comment, I'm especially wondering about hours vs. player count.
Because the data is coming from a marketing research company, you think they'd be more interested in player count than hour count, because a person who plays a hundred hours of video games a month doesn't generally make a company more money than a person who plays ten.
How can they possibly know these numbers? Unless they are specific to online play, I feel like its almost impossible to estimate these.
How? How is GTA:V still, STILL(!!!!) in the top 10? This never ceases to blow my mind.
@IceClimbers Still, occasional additions of some furniture items, maybe a few new text lines (Villager dialogue gets repetitive after a while), that should be doable without harming Splatoon 3 development...
It just feels like a shame to leave ACNH to wither like this.
I don't have any of these, but I tend to avoid time consuming sandbox or online games. For full disclosure, I do have COD Cold War on PS4 although mainly for the single player campaign. I honestly wish I did enjoy Animal Crossing. I have New Leaf on 3DS and it's undeniably charming. Every once in a while I'll fire it up and accomplish a few tasks, but it just doesn't hold my attention.
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