Top 20 Selling Games Of 2016 & Other Gaming Industry Data

The Electronic Software Association has published some data about the U.S. video game market. It’s always interesting to see which games sold the best in a given year, and 2016 proves that shooters and violent games still make up a big portion of the gaming landscape. Given the rather mediocre reception that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare received, it might surprise some to see it still nab the number top selling position for the year. More impressive is seeing Grand Theft Auto V hanging in there at number three! For Nintendo the only two games to crack the top twenty were Pokémon Sun & Moon, at numbers eleven and twelve respectively.

The best selling genre of games are shooters, garnering 27.5% of the total number of games sold in 2016. Action and RPGs came in second and third with racing games ranking the worst.



This last chart shows how physical game sales have fallen in the past six years and digital sales have steadily grown. It should be noted that this chart is a little misleading when it comes to video game console sales because it includes subscriptions, DLC, mobile apps, and social network games – all of which are unavailable to purchase in a physical format. While there’s no doubt the trend is leaning toward digital game purchases, these numbers are not representative of the video game console market as a whole. It would be interesting to see the breakdown if mobile were taken out of the equation.



For more data on the gaming industry, be sure to check out the full report here.


Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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