CoD: Modern Warfare, The Outer Worlds, and Switch Top a Sluggish October Says NPD

Nov 15
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The NPD Group have released their full North American sales data for October 2019, and the year-on-year comparisons aren’t pretty. Consumers spent $1.03 billion on games and hardware, down 34 percent compared to October 2018. Now, the side-by-side isn’t entirely fair – October 2018 saw the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty came out at the beginning of the month that year. That said, there’s no putting any sort of happy face on hardware sales, which are down 41 percent year on year. Nintendo Switch was again #1, gaining sales year-on-year, but the PS4 and Xbox One continue to sputter badly.

October was, of course, a big month for new releases with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, The Outer Worlds, and Luigi’s Mansion 3 coming in at #1, 2, and 3, respectively. Other new additions include Ghost Recon Breakpoint at #6 (a big disappointment for a major Ubisoft release), WWE 2K20 at #7 (honestly, a best-case scenario consider how bad the game is), and Ring Fit Adventure at #10.

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Here are October’s top-20 games according to NPD:

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  2. The Outer Worlds
  3. Luigi’s Mansion 3
  4. Madden NFL 20
  5. NBA 2K20
  6. Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  7. WWE 2K20
  8. FIFA 20
  9. Borderlands 3
  10. Ring Fit Adventure
  11. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
  12. Mario Kart 8
  13. Minecraft
  14. Grand Theft Auto V
  15. Mortal Kombat 11
  16. Overwatch
  17. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  18. Code Vein
  19. Red Dead Redemption II
  20. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

And here are the NPD best-sellers of 2019 so far. Unsurprisingly, CoD: Modern Warfare has immediately jumped to the top of the list:

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  2. NBA 2K20
  3. Madden NFL 20
  4. Borderlands 3
  5. Mortal Kombat 11
  6. Kingdom Hearts III
  7. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  8. Anthem
  9. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  10. Grand Theft Auto V

What games did you pick up in October? Anything unexpected in this month’s NPD numbers?

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