According to The NPD Group’s October report, the video game industry has generated $791.1 million in total sales for hardware and software. This is a 5 percent increase from October 2012 when the industry generated $755.7 million.
“This is the third month in a row where overall video game retail sales increased,” says NPD analyst Liam Callahan. “Up 5 percent over October 2012 due to 10 percent software growth combined with a modest 1 percent growth of accessories, while portable hardware sales minimized decreases in overall video game hardware sales.”
Nintendo’s “Pokémon X” & “Pokémon Y” were two of the biggest sales drivers for October as they each ranked at #2 and #3 respectively. Furthermore, portable devices are seeing an increase in sales year-over-year thanks to 2DS and Pokémon. The 3DS is this month’s best selling platform while the Xbox 360 has outsold PlayStation 3. In other news, “Grand Theft Auto V” continues to sell extremely well in October as it holds onto its number one position.
Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed IV” debuted strong at number six, but it saw a small sales decline from Assassin’s Creed III’s debut. “Batman: Arkham Origins” currently stands above Assassin’s Creed IV at number 5. “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD”, which released in North American retail stores on October 4th, was nowhere to be found in the top 10 list. Keep in mind that NPD’s results do not currently consider digital sales.
The top ten best selling software for October was the following:
1. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
2. Pokémon X (3DS)
3. Pokémon Y (3DS)
4. Battlefield 4 (360, PS3, PC)
5. Batman: Arkham Origins (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
6. Assassin’s Creed IV, Black Flag (360, PS3, Wii U)
7. NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PC)
8. Skylanders: Swap Force (Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS)
9. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, PC)
10. WWE 2K14 (360, PS3)
Overall, this is good news for Nintendo’s 3DS, Rockstar Games, and the gaming industry as a whole.
Source: Venture Beat