The official numbers for the videogame industry in the United States have come in, and it was another hot month. As expected, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom performed exceptionally well, and is the second best-selling game of the year, following only behind Hogwarts Legacy. It’s also important to note that digital sales for Nintendo are not included in the data, only physical. You can see the full breakdown for May 2023 below via Mat Piscatella, including plenty of sales data numbers and the top 20 best-selling software.

May 2023

  • Total spending: $4.1 billion, up 12% year-on-year
  • Software: $3.6 billion, up 9%
  • Hardware: $338, up 56%
  • Accessories: $159 million, up 14%


  • Pokémon GO moved back into the top ten games (by consumer spend) in May despite the price hikes to certain in-app purchases over the past few months
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was the best-selling game of May 2023
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the #2 best-selling title of 2023 year-to-date, despite only physical sales from Nintendo being included in the best-selling titles charts
  • Switch was the best-selling hardware platform in both unit and dollar sales during May 2023
  • New physical video game software spending reached its highest May total since May 2014

Top 20 software sales

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom*
  2. Hogwarts Legacy
  3. Star Wars: Jedi Survivor
  4. Dead Island 2
  5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022)
  6. MLB: The Show 23*
  7. FIFA 23
  8. Mario Kart 8*
  9. Resident Evil 4 (2023)
  10. Far Cry 6
  11. Elden Ring
  12. Minecraft
  13. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  14. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  15. Madden NFL 23
  16. God of War: Ragnarok
  17. New Super Mario Bros.*
  18. Pokemon Scarlet/Violet*
  19. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  20. Super Mario 3D World*

‘*’ - digital sales not included

Finally, you can see the top 20 best-selling games of 2023 (so far!) in the United States below.

[Games Industry, Mat Piscatella]

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12M ago

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