The October 2013 NPD report reflecting retail video game hardware and software sales has been released. While Grand Theft Auto V keeps the top spot for another month, Nintendo sweeps in with Pokémon X and Y in the second and third positions.
The NPD also reports that overall sales in the sector (new, physical goods) are up 5 percent year-over-year. They account for $ 791.1 million. NPD also reports that with the addition of rental, used, and digital, total spent for the month is approximately. $ 1.3 billion. NPD will be solidifying details that fall outside new, physical sales in a report in February.
The 3DS was on top of the hardware category for the sixth month in a row. This is also the first time that portable hardware sales have gone up since the Vita launch in February 2012.
In the console group, Xbox 360 reclaimed the lead after PlayStation 3 stepped up in September. Here are the top ten best selling games of the month:
- Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)**
- Pokemon X (3DS)
- Pokemon Y (3DS)
- Battlefield 4 (360, PS3, PC)
- Batman: Arkham Origins (360, PS3, NWU, PC)**
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS3, NWU)**
- NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PC)**
- Skylanders SWAP Force (WII, 360, PS3, NWU, 3DS)
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, NWU, 3DS, PSV, PC)
- WWE 2K14 (360, PS3)
Battlefield 4 charted impressively given that it was out for a mere five days in the cycle. The same thing is true of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
It’s no surprise that Grand Theft Auto held the top spot, and given the strong sales of Pokémon X and Y, Nintendo has every reason to be excited. Nintendo reports that over 1.7 million units of those two games (combined) were sold last month.
Next month is going to be extremely interesting as new-generation software enters the field in a big way. We’ll definitely see some of the best selling games of this month make a return trip, and Call of Duty: Ghosts will also make a splash.