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These were the top-selling video games of 2019 at Amazon and GameStop

1 month ago by Jared Russo in Tech

The best-selling video games of 2019 are in! We looked at sales rank from Amazon ($NASDAQ:AMZN) and GameStop ($NYSE:GME) to uncover video games that held top sales consistently throughout the year. As you'll see, the big winners of 2019 were the Switch and anything Nintendo ($TYO:7974).

Next year, Sony ($NYSE:SNE) and Microsoft ($NASDAQ:MSFT) both have new consoles coming out, at which team we may see titles for those new machines dominate 2020. But for 2019, Nintendo ruled.

Both lists have been edited to remove duplicate listings, gift cards, accessories, and other non-game items. The Amazon list, in particular, had a cutoff: a minimum of 14 days on the best-sellers list. Some games were number 1 for a day or two, but then fell off, and that doesn't accurately represent what sold the best year-round. 

Amazon

Name

Category Rank (Avg)

Days on Best-Sellers List

Luigi's Mansion 3 (Nintendo Switch)

6.8

75

Pokemon Shield (Nintendo Switch)

12

71

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo Switch)

13.2

266

Pokemon Sword (Nintendo Switch)

13.9

78

The Last of Us Part II Special Edition (PlayStation 4)

21.5

16

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch)

22.1

188

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (PlayStation 4)

22.6

143

Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo Switch)

23.2

96

NBA 2K20 (Microsoft Xbox One)

25 16

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo Switch)

27.2 260

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

27.5 238

Just Dance 2020 (Nintendo Switch)

28.6 48
Marvel's Spider-Man (PlayStation 4) 31.4 167
Kingdom Hearts 3 Deluxe Edition (PlayStation 4) 32.1 20
Madden NFL 20 (PlayStation 4) 34.9 151
NBA 2K20 (PlayStation 4) 35.3 129
Super Mario Maker 2 (Nintendo Switch) 35.8 235
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PlayStation 4) 36.3 94
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Microsoft Xbox One) 36.6 130
Death Stranding (PlayStation 4) 38 73
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo Switch) 38.2 261
Final Fantasy VII Remake Deluxe Edition (PlayStation 4) 38.4 51
Madden NFL 20 (Microsoft Xbox One) 39.7 138

You can see that although the new releases (Pokemon and Luigi's Mansion) dominated the charts having only been available for a few weeks, a massive amount of people bought a Switch for the first time this year and had to get older classics. The staying power of Zelda, Smash Bros., Mario Kart, and others really left an impression on the Amazon best-sellers all year long.

Outside of the Switch being everywhere, PlayStation 4 versions of games sold way better than Xbox One copies. Also, quite a few games that haven't been released yet made it onto the list through the sheer power of pre-orders alone.

GameStop

Name

Category Rank (Avg)

Platform

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare C.O.D.E Edition

34.2

Sony PlayStation 4

Pokemon Sword and Shield Double Pack

43.9

Nintendo Switch

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare PC

91.2

PC

Final Fantasy VII Remake Deluxe Edition

93.5

Sony PlayStation 4

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Deluxe Edition

123

Sony PlayStation 4

Super Mario Maker 2

130.1

Nintendo Switch

The Last of Us Part II 

131

Sony PlayStation 4

Ring Fit Adventure

133.9

Nintendo Switch

Super Smash Bros. Melee

134.6

Nintendo Switch

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

139.8

Nintendo Switch

Gears 5 Ultimate Edition

149.7

Microsoft Xbox One

The GameStop in-store exclusive bundles made this list over the regular counterpart, which is telling, because GameStop really relies on toys and merch and clothing, not really games anymore, to make its money. Most of the best-selling items were dolls or action figures, and the occasional console bundle. Also, the 18-year old Melee outsold 1-year old Ultimate, if you wanted to know what was the more popular physical disc version of Super Smash Bros. was to people. 

The best-sellers lists are based on sales-rank data reported by both companies every day throughout 2019. In this case, we looked just at the "Video Games" category, averaged each product's sales rank for the year, and then weighted based on the number of days each product remained a best-seller.

About the Data:

Thinknum tracks companies using the information they post online - jobs, social and web traffic, product sales and app ratings - and creates data sets that measure factors like hiring, revenue and foot traffic. Data sets may not be fully comprehensive (they only account for what is available on the web), but they can be used to gauge performance factors like staffing and sales. 

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Jared is an editor for Thinknum, and has been writing for more than a decade. He previously worked at AOL, Vice, Google, Dotdash, and Sirius XM.

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