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  1. Every month, NPD Group -- a market research company -- releases a list of the top 20 best-selling video games and, usually, it's pretty predictable. However, October's NPD top 20 list is a bit surprising on a few fronts. The #1 top-selling game was Middle Earth: Shadow of War, with Assassins' Creed: Origins, Super Mario Odyssey, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole rounding out the next three spots respectively. No surprise there. Then things get interesting. Destiny 2 came in at #9, below the likes of highly popular sports games like NBA 2K18 and FIFA 18. Forza Motorsport 7 (at #10) managed to beat out Gran Turismo Sport (which came in at #11); the latter of which is clearly losing its hold on the racing genre, at least in the US. But perhaps the biggest surprise on the list is that Bethesda's two major releases for the month, The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, both ended up outside of the top 10 and barely within the top 75 percentile of the list. What does this mean for Bethesda? It's too early to say for now considering the games might have a better long tail than its launch numbers signify, but it is alarming to see Bethesda's recent games continuing to disappoint sales-wise. Whether this may impact their studios or their current methods of achieving profit -- perhaps a greater emphasis on microtransactions is in order -- remains to be seen. Also notable is Fire Emblem Warriors managing to snag a spot on the NPD list at #17. It was unlikely that it would place super high on the list due to the high amount of big AAA titles out in October, so its appearance is nice to see, even if it isn't the sales juggernaut some would have hoped. Source: NPD [via Jason Schreier] Are you surprised The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus didn't land in the top 10?
  2. The March NPD sales numbers for the United States have been released. The Playstation 4 was the best selling console in March despite a push from Titanfall Xbox One bundles. Speaking of Titanfall, it grabbed the top spot on the software sales chart followed by inFAMOUS: Second Son and South Park: Stick of Truth. Below are the top ten selling software in order: Titanfall (XB1, PC) inFAMOUS: Second Son (PS4) South Park: Stick of Truth (360, PS3, PC) Call of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, XB1, NWU, PC) Dark Souls II (PS3, 360) Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4, XB1, PS3, 360) NBA2K14 (360, PS4, PS3, XB1, PC) Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3, PSV) The Lego Movie Videogame (360, PS3, 3DS, NWU, XB1, PS4, PSV) Minecraft (360) The main take away this month is that the game industry is alive and well in the United States. The Playstation 4 and Xbox One continue to outpace their predecessors, even the PS Vita saw a boost thanks to FFX/X2 HD Remaster. Hopefully these trends continue. Source: Joystiq Which of these games did you purchase this month? Worth the price tag?
  3. It's that time of the month again; NPD numbers are in so let the ranking of video game and console sales begin! For Nintendo, the news is largely positive. Sales of its 3DS family once again launched the handheld into the top spot in terms of hardware sales, even besting the Xbox 360 and PS3 in a month where Grand Theft Auto V released and broke launch records. Also, sales of Wii U consoles are up 200% from the following month. This translates to 3x as many, so estimates put that number around 90,000 units sold. It's not exactly the 150,000-200,000 that the other consoles usually sell on a monthly basis, but it's a start; perhaps the Wii U is finally gaining a bit of momentum in the market. This news follows a $50 price cut for the console that was inacted in late September, and this data only accounts for 15 days being reported at the new price. Lastly, Pokemon X and Pokemon Y managed to sell more than 4 million units in its first two days on the market earlier this month. While those are astounding numbers, the full monthly numbers for October are looking to be even more impressive. Sadly, not a single Nintendo game placed in the top 10 selling games of September. It is also reported that The Wonderful 101 failed to break the Top 50 best selling games of the month as well, though the number of eShop downloads aren't figured into that. Nintendo still has a number of big upcoming games slated for release between now and the end of next month, including The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Mario Party: Island Tour, Wii Party U, Wii Fit U, and Super Mario 3D World. Are you surprised at any of the sales numbers that were revealed?
  4. Marcus Estrada

    NPD to Start Tracking Digital Game Sales

    If you ever look at NPD statistics released month after month, you'll see trends that seem to bode ill for gaming as a whole. Sometimes it seems, and is interpreted, that gaming is in a decline. However, the real point to make is that physical game sales are in decline while digital sales pick up the excess and continue to grow. Because of this, NPD is finally set to address what they have been missing by tracking digital sales. They have previously followed total consumer spending (including mobile, social, subscription, etc) but they can only do so much without the industry offering better standards of data presentation. David McQuillan, president of the games group of NPD, said the following to Games Industry International. By the way, POS stands for Point of Sale: "The plan is to have digital POS sales integrated into our US new physical POS retail sales data to enable more efficient analysis for our clients. The timing of when that will happen has not been finalized. Since hardware and accessories can't be sold digitally, we don't think digital will ever become bigger than physical retail sales at the total industry level. That said, if you're isolating content sales, we're already at the point where we estimate that digital sales of content are at par with new physical retail sales. Digital sales will continue to grow, but we also believe that we'll see a return to growth in new physical retail sales of content in 2014." Their findings will track stats globally, as opposed to region-centric reports that NPD has been doing thus far. They are likely right by assuming physical hardware sales will increase in 2014 due to the influx of two new consoles, but who knows what years beyond 2014 hold.
  5. Are you hungry for the cold hard numbers of American consumer spending when it comes to video games? If so, you've got oddly specific tastes, but are also in luck! The NPD Group released the 2012 Games Market Dynamic: US report today which details a lot of interesting buying trends. How much was spent on video games over the past year? A massive $14.8 billion was spent on new, used, digital, physical, and DLC content for games. Notably, the number does not include video game consoles or other hardware that goes along with them. In comparison to 2011, spending is down 9%. What of the divide between physical and digital games? Digital download titles were not a big factor at the start of this generation, but now that we're near the end of it things have definitely changed. Purchases of all physical media-based games reached $8.88 billion. This is a massive 21% decrease from just last year. Digital games and downloadable content rose with $5.92 billion sales equating to a 16% increase. Digital's gains mostly made up the losses by physical counterparts, but not quite enough to stop the overall decline of purchases in 2012. Do you think that digital game sales will continue their rapid growth in 2013?