You Will Probably Not Guess The Best-Selling Game Of 2019

It's not Anthem, I couldn't put the actual game as the lead image or it would ruin the surprise

I was going through the most recent NPD numbers for the last month, and something jumped out at me, a bit of news that I realized I had missed for a little while now. Something has unseated Kingdom Hearts 3 as the best-selling game of the year.

If you guessed what this is out of hand, I will applaud you, but even as plugged-in to the industry as I supposedly am, this caught me off guard, as the new champion, as of June, apparently, is not what I was expecting.

That would be Mortal Kombat 11.

The game has sold extremely well. It has toppled the half-year reign of Kingdom Hearts 3, and is now the second highest seller in franchise history, behind only Mortal Kombat X, but there’s obviously still time to top that. As of right now, Mortal Kombat 11 is the fifth best-selling fighting game in video game history.

It’s true that we obvious still have some heavy hitters to come. Madden came out last month, and it’s incredibly likely that it will end up passing up Mortal Kombat 11 in short order here to take the crown. I would also be amazed if FIFA, Borderlands 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare also didn’t pass up MK 11 when they’re released this fall (if they didn’t, they would all be considered huge bombs).

And yet I am impressed with Mortal Kombat 11 all the same, as I think fighting games are often not given the credit they’re due, given their niche (very big niche) community that often goes ignored, which I am guilty of as well. Mortal Kombat 11 has outsold Kingdom Hearts 3, but also Anthem, The Division 2, Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5, MLB The Show, Ultimate Alliance 3 and a bunch of others. Those are some decently heavy hitters.

Mortal Kombat 11 has solid, not stunning, Metacritic scores, sitting at an 82 on PS4 and 86 on Xbox One with fewer reviews in. But it has very clearly connected with fans who have kept giving the series life. The original Mortal Kombat was released in 1992, and yet here we are in 2019, with the eleventh major game in the series outselling everything else for eight months of the year. Not too shabby.

I haven’t played yet myself, too much Destiny, obviously, but I want to give it a shot now. Seems like I have time with Borderlands 3 still a month away. If you see me online, have mercy.

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