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NPD: September Video Game Sales Up 39%

23 Oct, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Video game spending in September, which includes hardware, software and accessories, grew 39% compared with the previous-year period, to $1.2 billion, according to new data from The NPD Group.

Packaged-media and PC software games combined to reach $744 million, up 49% versus a year ago. Year to date, consumer spending is up 7% compared with a year ago at $3.7 billion.

Hardware spending increased 34% to $316 million, driven by Nintendo Switch, SNES Classic and the Sony PlayStation 4.

PlayStation 4 led all hardware platforms in consumer spending, while Nintendo Switch sold the most units. SNES Classic was the overall top unit-selling hardware platform in the period.

Destiny 2 (Activision) was the top-selling game in September, driving more first-month sales than any other 2017 release to date. Despite just one month of sales, Destiny 2 is the third-best-selling game of the 12-month rolling period through September, trailing only Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Activision) and Battlefield 1 (EA).

NBA 2K18 (Take 2 Interactive) was the top-selling sports game of September. With one month of sales, NBA 2K18 also became the best-selling sports game year to date. 

NBA 2K18 had the largest first-month consumer spend of any sports genre title since the current generation of consoles launched in 2013,” analyst Mat Piscatella said in a statement.


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