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September 2018 NPD - Money For All


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Here are the numbers for September 2018:


Total: $1,376 million (up 7 percent from $1,285 million in September 2017)


Hardware: $306 million (down 3% from $306 million)


PC and console software: $747 million (flat compared to $744 million)


Accessories: $323 million (up 43 percent from $225 million)


Year-to-date spending across video game Hardware, Software, Accessories and Game Cards is up 16 percent when compared to the same period a year ago, to $8.9 billion. Growth has occurred across all categories of spending, with Accessories & Game Cards driving the largest dollar growth.

Dollar sales of Console, Portable and PC Games Software reached $747 million in September 2018, flat when compared to a year ago. Year-to-date software spending is up 5 percent versus a year ago, to $3.9 billion.

Marvel's Spider-Man breaks PlayStation exclusive record: 


Marvel's Spider-Man achieved the highest launch month dollar sales for any PlayStation exclusive in history, and is the seventh largest launch ever achieved by any game on any PlayStation platform.

Marvel's Spider-Man generated higher dollars sales in its launch than any other game this year and currently ranks as the third best-selling game of 2018, and the #8 best-selling game over the last 12 months.

Marvel's Spider-Man achieved launch month sales 37 percent higher than the combined launch month sales of all other Spider-Man games released since The NPD Group began tracking in 1995.

Forza Horizon 4 has the biggest launch for an Xbox racing game:

Forza Horizon 4 achieved the highest launch month dollar sales in Forza franchise history, and is the biggest launch for a racing game on any Xbox platform in history. Forza Horizon 4 was the seventh best-selling game of September.

NBA2K19 becomes fastest selling sports game: 

NBA 2K19 debuts as the #2 best-selling game of September, and instantly becomes the 5th best-selling game of 2018. NBA 2K19 achieved the highest launch month dollar sales of any Sports genre game released since The NPD Group began tracking the industry in 1995. NBA 2K19 represents the biggest launch of any game in the NBA 2K franchise, and it is now the best-selling Sports game of 2018 year to date.

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey outdoes Origins: 

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey appears at #3 on the September charts with double-digit percentage dollar sales growth when compared to the launch of Assassin's Creed: Origins a year ago. Assassin's Creed: Origins now ranks as the 6th best-selling game over the past 12 months.

FIFA 19 has biggest opening since FIFA 16:

FIFA 19 launches at number 4 on the September charts, with higher launch month dollar sales than any release in the franchise since FIFA 16, and the third highest launch month dollar sales for any soccer game in history.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider charts at #5:

Shadow of the Tomb Raider enters the charts as the fifth best-selling game of September, achieving the second highest launch month dollar sales for the franchise following only Tomb Raider, which launched in 2013.

Super Mario Party charts at #9:

Super Mario Party was the top selling game on Nintendo Switch for the month and the 9th best selling game overall. Please note that digital sales are not included in NPD data.

Hardware spending down despite PS4 & XB1 gains:

Hardware spending in September 2018 fell 3 percent when compared to a year ago, to $306 million. Significant gains in spending on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hardware were offset by declines across all other platforms.

8th gen + Plug & Play consoles drive YTD spending:

For the 2018 year-to-date period, hardware spending has increased 18 percent to $2.4 billion. Spending gains for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and plug-n-play devices such as the NES Classic and SNES Classic have driven growth.

PS4 was the best selling console in September:

PlayStation 4 was September's best-selling hardware platform in both units and dollars sold. PlayStation 4 hardware achieved the highest September unit sell-through for a non plug-n-play console since the PS4 in 2014.

Sony's PlayStation 4 remains the best-selling console hardware platform year to date. The PS4 Slim System 1TB was the month's best-selling hardware item in both dollars and units.

Xbox One sales are up YoY and YTD:

Xbox One hardware dollar sales in September grew more than 30 percent when compared to a year ago, and are now up more than 60 percent year to date.

The Xbox One X System 1TB Black is the best-selling Xbox One hardware item of the year in both dollars and units sold.

Total spending on Accessories and Game Cards grew 43 percent in September 2018 when compared to a year ago, to an all-time high of $323 million.

Year to date, Accessories and Game Card spending has grown 35 percent when compared to a year ago, to $2.6 billion. This is also an all-time high, significantly exceeding the $1.9 billion generated in the 2017 year to date period.

For the first time in tracked history, both September and year-to-date Game Card spending now exceeds that of Accessories.


Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel, ranked on dollar sales

1. Marvel's Spider-Man

2. NBA 2K19

3. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

4. FIFA 19^

5. Shadow Of The Tomb Raider

6. Madden NFL 19^

7. Forza Horizon 4

8. Destiny 2^

9. Super Mario Party*

10. NHL 19

11. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes Of An Elusive Age

12. WWE 2K19

13. Grand Theft Auto V

14. Mario Kart 8*

15. Naruto To Boruto: Shinobi Striker

16. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege

17. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy^

18. Super Mario Odyssey*

19. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*

20. Minecraft*

* Digital sales not included
^ PC digital sales not included

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Switch should be up for the holidays, especially with Pokemon and Smash.

Good on SquareEnix for proving the naysayers wrong about Tomb Raider.  The review spat over on Steam over a price cut (yes, that's a thing) didn't seem to reflect actual sales.

Yay for DQXI charting at #11 too.  Deserves to be higher, but at least it wasn't an utter flop.

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From resetera:



So, Dragon Quest XI set the record for Dragon Quest releases and sold more than twice the amount of the previous series record holder (revenue). Not too shabby.


SquareEnix said it had to do well in order for future DQ games to get the same localization work.  Good thing it did, because they did a fantastic job.  The voice syncing is ace.  So are the other creative aspects of the writing/translation.

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3 hours ago, TheLeon said:

No more God of Legs? Damn


I miss saying God of Legs.


Also, holy shit at how well Spidey sold.


Best selling games in 2018 so far:


  1. Far Cry 5
  2. God of War 2018
  3. Marvel's Spider-Man
  4. Monster Hunter: World
  5. NBA 2K19
  6. Madden NFL 19^
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Call of Duty: WWII^
  9. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
  10. Mario Kart 8*
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