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US game spending grows 16% to $4.6bn in October, says NPD | US monthly charts

With the launch of the OLED Model, the Nintendo Switch reclaims position as best selling console for the month

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 MonthThis MonthTitle
NEW1Far Cry 6
NEW2Back 4 Blood
NEW3Metroid: Dread*
14Madden NFL 22
NEW5Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Hinokami Chronicles
26FIFA 22
NEW7Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
NEW8Mario Party Superstars*
89NHL 22
310NBA 2K22*
1111Mario Kart 8*
712Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War
813Ghost of Tsushima
1714Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
1415Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
1416Minecraft
917Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
518Diablo II: Resurrected
2019Mortal Kombat 11
2520The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*

*Digital sales not included

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