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author: Jacob Blazewicz

Call of Duty and The Outer Worlds Dominate US Sales - NPD report

The NPD analytical group published a report on the American gaming market in October. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and The Outer Worlds had an outstanding launch, and the shooter from Activision is already the best-selling production of 2019.

Nowe Call of Duty najlepiej sprzedającą się grą października? Kto by się spodziewał! - Call of Duty i The Outer Worlds na szczycie sprzedaży w USA - raport NPD - wiadomość - 2019-11-15
New Call of Duty is the best-selling game of October? Who would've expected that?

The next month brings us a new summary of the American gaming market from the NPD group. The report for the period from October 6 to November 2 shows that last month players spent $1.03 billion on digital entertainment. This is significantly worse than last year (-34%), but analyst Mat Piscatella points to last year's launch of Red Dead Redemption 2, as well as the debut of the Call of Duty series at the beginning of the month, and not at the end as in the case of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. In addition, hardware sales dropped significantly (by as much as 41% year on year), which should not be surprising in the context of the upcoming ninth generation of consoles. What is more, it is still the second best result ever recorded in October, which shows the strong condition of the market.

Games

Breakpoint nie porwało recenzentów, ale sprzedało się całkiem nieźle. - Call of Duty i The Outer Worlds na szczycie sprzedaży w USA - raport NPD - wiadomość - 2019-11-15
Breakpoint didn't charm the reviewers, but it sold pretty well.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare may have had a late start in comparison to last year's Black Ops IIII, but this did not affect the position of the series this year. In just a week, the new CoD was not only the best-selling game of October, but also the most frequently purchased game of 2019. However, while the shooter's success does not surprise (the franchise has already won twelve times in October), the second position on the list may be surprising. The Outer Worlds from Obsidian Entertainment sold better than such productions as FIFA 20 or Borderlands 3, which is a huge success for the creators. The more so, because both aforementioned productions also did very well last month.

Zarówno październik, jak i cały 2019 rok okazały się nad wyraz udane dla Nintendo. - Call of Duty i The Outer Worlds na szczycie sprzedaży w USA - raport NPD - wiadomość - 2019-11-15
Both October and the whole of 2019 were very successful for Nintendo.

In addition, the list includes many regulars, such as the Electronic Arts' sports series, Grand Theft Auto V, Overwatch and Minecraft. The top ten also included Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, despite the critics' unfavourable opinions. The biggest winner is Nintendo, whose productions secured six places in the ranking, despite the fact that digital sales were traditionally not included. Two of them made it to the top ten, including Ring Fit Adventure, the de facto spiritual heir to the popular WiiFit. Luigi's Mansion 3 took the third place, which is impressive as the title debuted only on October 31. The list also included the publisher's third October debut - The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and most of Switch's biggest hits (except for Super Mario Odyssey). Not surprisingly, Nintendo's performance is the brightest point of 2019, although it was not enough to compensate for the losses on other platforms. As a result, software sales in the past ten months were slightly worse than a year ago (a decrease by 7% to USD 4.5 billion).

Klasyczne „get over here!” przyciągnęło sporo nabywców. - Call of Duty i The Outer Worlds na szczycie sprzedaży w USA - raport NPD - wiadomość - 2019-11-15
The classic "get over here!" has worked on a lot of buyers.

As a curiosity it should be added that 2019 turned out to be a record-breaking year for... fighting games. Matt Piscatella says that the games of this genre sold 11% better than in the previous best year, four years ago. The main reasons for this result are Mortal Kombat 11, which debuted in April, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which made its debut in December and recently became the best-selling fighting game in history (via Nintendo).

In April, the biggest revenue was generated:

#

Game title:

1.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

2.

The Outer Worlds

3.

Luigi's Mansion 3

4.

Madden NFL 20

5.

NBA 2K20

6.

Tom Clancy's 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

For Luigi's Mansion 3, Ring Fit Adventure, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild digital sales were not included in the results. In the case of Minecraft, digital distribution on PC is not included.

The most profitable games on individual platforms:

Xbox One:

#

Game title:

1.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

2.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint

3.

Madden NFL 20

4.

The Outer Worlds

5.

NBA 2K20

6.

Borderlands 3

7.

WWE 2K20

8.

FIFA 20

9.

Grand Theft Auto V

10.

Gears 5

PlayStation 4:

#

Game title:

1.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

2.

The Outer Worlds

3.

NBA 2K20

4.

Madden NFL 20

5.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint

6.

WWE 2K20

7.

FIFA 20

8.

Borderlands 3

9.

Mortal Kombat 11

10.

Grand Theft Auto V

Nintendo Switch

#

Game title:

1.

Luigi's Mansion 3

2.

Ring Fit Adventure

3.

The Legend of Zeld: Link's Awakening

4.

Mario Kart 8

5.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

6.

Overwatch

7.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

8.

The Witcher 3: The Wild Goner

9.

Super Mario Maker

10.

New Super Mario Bros. Deluxe 2

Nintendo 3DS:

#

Game title:

1.

Pokemon Ultra Sun

2.

Pokemon Ultra Moon

3.

Mario Kart 7

4.

Luigi's Mansion

5.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

6.

Super Mario 3D Land

7.

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

8.

Super Mario Maker

9.

Super Smash Bros.

10.

Minecraft

In the case of Nintendo games, digital distribution was not taken into account.

The best-selling games of 2019:

#

Game title:

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

Again, digital sales were not taken into account in the case of Nintendo games.

Hardware

As mentioned above, sales of hardware in October were 41% worse than last year. This is mainly due to the poor results of Xbox One and PlayStation 4, which this time has not been helped by any release comparable to Red Dead Redemption 2. However, Sony's device has been very successful for six years, ranking third on the list of the best-selling desktop platforms. Meanwhile, the younger Nintendo Switch is still doing great, gaining both in the past month (as the only console) and in 2019. On the other hand, sales of accessories dropped, although not as drastically as in the case of hardware (by 16%).

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