Another year, another kick-off for the Madden NFL franchise.

Madden NFL 21 was the best-selling game last month and is already the sixth best-selling game of the year, NPD reported on Monday. The game marks the 21st consecutive Madden franchise launch to top the bestseller charts in its respective launch month. NPD did not release sales for the game, but said Madden NFL 21 had "double-digit percentage sales growth in US dollars" compared to last year's Madden NFL 20.

But Madden NFL 21 wasn't the only EA Sports hit in the past month. The studio's other August start, UFC 4, landed the second best-selling game behind Madden NFL 21 last month, also securing the franchise's highest monthly sales, according to NPD.

Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Sony's Ghost of Tsushima landed in third and fourth place. Animal Crossing: New Horizons rounded out the top 5.

In total, Americans bought video game software and related content such as DLC worth $ 2.9 billion last month. That was more than the $ 2.1 billion spent last August.

NPD's data covers both physical and digital sales in the United States. The company gathers the information on video game consoles, games and accessories and reports its results monthly.

Although the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 will be out in November, gamers showed no signs of slowing their hardware spending over the last month either. They spent $ 229 million on gaming hardware in August, up 37% from $ 167 million in August 2019. Nintendo's Switch led the hardware fee last month, earning a record-breaking August. NPD didn't reveal how many Switch units Nintendo sold in the last month, but said sales more than doubled last August.

It was a similarly strong month for accessories, NPD reported on Monday. American consumers spent $ 166 million on accessories like controls, steering wheels and headsets last month, up 42% over the same period last year. Sony's DualShock 4 wireless controller was the best-selling accessory last month, beating the best-selling Xbox Elite Series 2 wireless controller in July. Logitech's G920 was the top-selling steering wheel last month, and the Turtle Beach Xbox One Ear Force Recon 70 was the leader in headsets in August.

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