October 2013 will go down as one of the greatest and most profitable times to be a gamer. A massive amount of titles came out but, none more iconic between Pokémon and Grand Theft Auto. Thanks to the latest and arguably greatest entries in both respective franchises the total amount of software sales for the month were $495.1 million with is up 10% from last year while, hardware sales were $171.7 million down 8% from last year.
As of November 2nd, these are the Top 10 games in the country:
- 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)
According to NPD analyst Liam Callahan, “this is the third month in a row where overall video game retail sales increased, up 5% over October 2012 due to 10% software growth combined with a modest 1% growth of accessories, while portable hardware sales minimized decreases in overall video game hardware sales.” He then goes on to say that October 2013 “marked the sixth consecutive month that the Nintendo 3DS led overall hardware sales.” He notes that portable sales “helped partly offset the decline of console hardware sales, leading to an eight percent reduction in overall hardware sales from October 2012, the smallest year-over-year decline so far this year.”
Nintendo reported that more than 452,000 3DS systems were sold in the US in October, doubling last month and marking “the most units any portable video game system or home console has sold in a single month in 2013.” Pokémon X and Y sold more than 1.7 million units, making October “the biggest month for Nintendo 3DS software all year.” Compared to say the Xbox 360 in which 166,000 units were sold during that time period. Making Nintendo’s once struggling handheld the bestselling in the country. Who knew all you had to do was make games that people will play to death then people will buy the hardware.