Unsurprisingly, Madden NFL 13 was able to take the top spot as the top selling game of the month, but it was Borderlands 2 number two spot on the list that really caught our eye.
“Borderlands 2, with its bazillion guns-a-blazing, exceeded the first month’s unit sales of the first game which launched in October 2009 by 234%," said NPD analyst Anita Frazier. Fifa Soccer 13, New Super Marios Bros. 2, and Guild Wars 2 rounded out the top five.
The bad news is that video game sales continued to slide in September, declining 24 percent year-over-year in September 2012 from $1.11 billion to $848.3 million according to the NPD Group. The number is a bit misleading though, as they only represent new physical retail sales of hardware, software and accessories which only account for about 50 percent of the total amount consumers spend on games.
Had NPD included digital format sales, as well as add-on content downloads including microtransactions, subscriptions, and mobile apps the number would be at about $1.6B, meaning people are still spending just as much money (if not more) on games this year as they were last year, just in different ways.
As for consoles, the Xbox 360 was the highest-selling home console for the month with 270,000 units sold. Nintendo also had a bright month, as the overall sales of the Nintendo 3DS increased 89 percent year-over-year. “Nintendo 3DS XL continues to galvanize our Nintendo 3DS business,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Hardware sales are up, software sales are increasing exponentially and the attach rate is growing stronger every month."
To see the full Top 10 check after the break.
Here's the full Top 10 for September:
- Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSV)
- Borderlands 2 (360, PS3, PC)
- FIFA Soccer 13 (360, PS3, PSV, Wii, 3DS, PSP)
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
- Guild Wars 2 (PC)**
- NHL 13 (360, PS3)**
- World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (PC)**
- NCAA Football 13 (360, PS3
- Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSV, PC)
- Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC)**
What do you think of the NPD numbers for September? Are you surprised at all?