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GTA V, Pokemon keep software sales growing in October

Rockstar's latest sells 1.1 million to hold off pocket monsters, Battlefield, Batman, and Assassin's Creed atop sales chart

Some industry watchers expect the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to spark a new era of growth in the console gaming market, but it looks like the market wasn't going to wait for the new hardware to start its turnaround. The NPD Group released its US retail sales figures for October today, showing overall industry sales up for the third straight month.

Between October 6 and November 2, gaming hardware, software, and accessories combined to generate $791.1 million at US retailers, up 5 percent year-over-year. Most of the gains were driven by software, which (including PC games) were up 10 percent to $495.1 million. Grand Theft Auto V sold nearly 1.1 million copies to top the charts in its second month of release, holding off a strong field of new releases including Pokemon X and Y, Battlefield 4, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. In all, eight of the top 10 games were new releases, with only GTA V and another Take-Two offering, NBA 2K14, surviving from September's top 10.

"Growth in video game software sales over the last few months has reversed negative year-to-date trends caused by declines seen earlier in the year with video game software sales currently flat to last year," said NPD Group's Liam Callahan. "With the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One, we hope to see positive trends over November and December which would lead to an increase in software sales for the year."

Pokemon X and Y were particularly influential, as the NPD Group said portable software was responsible for the majority of growth over last year. Those games launched alongside the lower-priced 2DS, which helped give the portable hardware market its first comparable year-over-year increase since the PS Vita launched in February of 2012. The 3DS also marked its sixth consecutive month as the best-selling system on the charts. However, continued declines for non-portable consoles drove hardware totals down 8 percent year-over-year to $171.7 million.

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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd7 years ago
GTAV most certainly did not stave off Pokemon. Pokemon X&Y sold a combined 1.7 million units. Quite a bit higher than GTAV's 1.1 million.

Edit: Also 3DS/2DS combined for over 450K, outselling everything else combined by almost two times over.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Nicholas Pantazis on 15th November 2013 2:24am

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.7 years ago
In Japan, they count Pokemon X and Y as 1 game yet separate the 3DS and 3DS XL as separate consoles.
The opposite of NPD here in the US.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 7 years ago
Also the 360 outsold the PS3 again, making Sony's win last month(once in nearly 36 straight months) the very definition of a fluke. However, now that all three next gen systems will be out by the end of this month Microsoft's long standing 360 reign in the US could finally be coming to an end by next March/April once the XBO and PS4 become fully established with their first and second waves of software.
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