December 2021 NPD: Halo Infinite was the second best-selling game of the month

Halo Infinite
Halo Infinite (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

What you need to know

  • The NPD group shares monthly data for the best-selling games of the month in the U.S.
  • According to the December 2021 NPD report, Call of Duty: Vanguard and Halo Infinite were the first and second best-selling games of the month.
  • The Nintendo Switch and PS5 tied in terms of dollar sales for the best-selling console of the month.

The NPD group shared the results for December 2021 and the year of 2021 as a whole, per NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. Much like in November 2021, the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in terms of units sold. Amazingly enough, in terms of dollar sales, the Nintendo Switch and PS5 were tied for the month.

As for games, Call of Duty: Vanguard was the best-selling game of the month, followed closely by Halo Infinite at the number two spot.

December 2021 NPD: Here are the top 20 games sold in the U.S.

  1. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  2. Halo Infinite
  3. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl*
  4. Madden NFL 22
  5. Battlefield 2042
  6. Mario Kart 8
  7. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  8. Mario Party Superstars*
  9. NBA 2K22*
  10. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  11. FIFA 22
  12. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  13. Minecraft
  14. Far Cry 6
  15. Just Dance 2022
  16. Forza Horizon 5
  17. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
  18. Ghost of Tsushima
  19. Super Mario 3D World*
  20. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*

That's all for this month's results!

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

  • With 25 million Game Pass subs, I wonder how much of that ate into the Halo figures?
  • Two Microsoft games 1 and 2!
  • Someone like to explain how two FREE TO PLAY games are #1 and #2 in the Game SALES chart? There is no SALE when people download and play these games, only when they make in-game purchases.
  • Halo Infinite (campaign) costs US$60 (Also available on Game Pass, so it's even more impressive that it's #2)
  • > "The Xbox Series X|S was the second best-selling console, while PS5 came in third. The Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 5 were essentially tied in terms of dollar sales." That the PS5 and Switch being tied in dollar sales despite the Xbox selling more than PS5 - illustrates how well the Series S is selling (Keeping in mind the Switch has 3 models out there: Switch Lite for US$199, regular Switch for US$299, and the OLED model for US$349. All 3 cost less than the PS5, but the OLED model costs more than the Series S)