During October US consumer spending on games reached $4.6 billion, a 16% increase year-over-year according to the latest NPD data.
Year to date spending reached $46.7 billion, which is up 12% compared to the same time in 2020.
Consumer spending on hardware increased 82% year-on-year, to $472 million. Year-to-date hardware spending grew 53% to $3.9 billion.
Aided by the release of the OLED Model, the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console for the month in both units and dollars.
For games, Far Cry 6 debuted as No. 1 while also being the eight best-selling game of 2021 to date. It was also the top selling title on both PlayStation and Xbox platforms in October.
Second on the charts was Back 4 Blood as Metroid Dread was third best-selling title.
Overall spending on gaming content (including subscriptions and cloud gaming) saw a 11% increase year-over-year at $3.76 billion.
Accessories spending was up by 5% year-on-year, for a total of $158 million, as year-to-date accessory sales saw a 9% increase when compared to last year.
Here are the US Top 20 (based on dollar sales) for the period between 8/29/2021 through 10/2/2021, courtesy of The NPD Group:
|Last Month||This Month||Title|
|NEW||1||Far Cry 6|
|NEW||2||Back 4 Blood|
|1||4||Madden NFL 22|
|NEW||5||Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Hinokami Chronicles|
|NEW||7||Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy|
|NEW||8||Mario Party Superstars*|
|11||11||Mario Kart 8*|
|7||12||Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War|
|8||13||Ghost of Tsushima|
|17||14||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*|
|14||15||Animal Crossing: New Horizons*|
|9||17||Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales|
|5||18||Diablo II: Resurrected|
|20||19||Mortal Kombat 11|
|25||20||The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*|
*Digital sales not included