"Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order" was one of the year's best new games.
"Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order"/Electronic Arts

  • Video game sales have been down this year, but that hasn't stopped popular franchises from reaching record revenue numbers.
  • The Nintendo Switch dominated hardware sales all year while Microsoft and Sony prepared to launch their new consoles during the 2020 holiday season.
  • These are the best-selling games of 2019, as of November 30, based on data from the NPD Group.
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It's the end of another busy year in the gaming business, and 2020 is looking especially exciting with Sony's PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Xbox Series X on the horizon. Overall, the anticipation of new consoles has driven video game sales down this year by about 12%, but the best-selling games of 2019 still managed to set new records, especially popular franchises like "Call of Duty" and "Pokémon."

According to data from the NPD group, eight of the top 10 best-selling games of 2019 were direct sequels. The other two games are "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order," which launched a month before the end of the latest blockbuster "Star Wars" film trilogy, and "Anthem," a new franchise from the creators of the critically-acclaimed "Mass Effect" and "Dragon Age" games.

"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" earned more than R8.7 billion during its opening weekend in October and had the best digital launch of any "Call of Duty" game to date. The franchise is a perennial best-seller and this year's reboot of the 2007 classic "Modern Warfare" brought nostalgic fans back to the series.

With Microsoft and Sony prepping for the future, the Nintendo Switch dominated video game hardware sales throughout 2019. The release of the Switch Lite in September helped pushed the console's lifetime sales over 40 million units, making the Switch one of the fastest-selling video game consoles of all time.

It's worth noting that Nintendo's "Pokémon Sword" and "Pokémon Shield" are two versions of the same game, but they count separately on the sales charts. If counted together, the "Pokémon" games would have outsold "Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order" and "Anthem" and earned at least the eighth spot on the year's list of best-sellers. Together "Sword" and "Shield" managed to achieve the highest grossing launch of any "Pokémon" game to date.

These are the top 10 best-selling games of 2019 as of November 30, according to data from the NPD Group:

10. "Anthem (Electronic Arts)

BioWare/EA

9. "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order" (Electronic Arts)

EA/Respawn Entertainment

8. "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" (Nintendo)

"Super Smash Bros. Ultimate"/Nintendo

7. "Tom Clancy's The Division 2" (Ubisoft)

"Tom Clancy's The Division 2"/Ubisoft

6. "Kingdom Hearts 3" (Square Enix)

"Kingdom Hearts 3"/Square Enix

5. "Mortal Kombat 11" (Warner Bros. Interactive)

"Mortal Kombat 11"/NetherRealm Studios

4. "Borderlands 3" (Take 2 Interactive)

"Borderlands 3"/Gearbox Software

3. "Madden NFL 20" (Electronic Arts)

"Madden 20"/EA Sports

2. "NBA 2K20" (Take 2 Interactive)

"NBA 2K20"/Take Two Interactive

1. "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare"

"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare"/Activision

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