US game spending up 3% to $4.4bn in September, says NPD
PS5 ends Nintendo Switch's 33-month run as top game console in units sold
September saw US consumer spending on games reach $4.4 billion, a 3% increase year-on-year, according to the latest NPD data.
Year-to-date spending reached $42.3 billion, which is a 12% rise compared to the same time in 2020.
Spending on hardware increased 49% year-on-year, to reach $412 million. Year-to-date hardware spending saw growth of 49%, reaching $3.4 billion.
September broke the 33-month streak of the Nintendo Switch leading hardware sales, as the month saw the PlayStation 5 as the best-selling hardware platform in both units and dollars.
For games, Madden NFL 22 remained at No.1 since releasing on August 17. However, the month saw a number of new releases on the best-selling charts.
FIFA 22 came in second on the charts as NBA 2K22 was third. Tales of Arise from Bandai Namco was the fourth best-selling title while Diablo II: Resurrected placed fifth. Arkane Studios' latest FPS action title Deathloop was in sixth place as Square Enix's Life is Strange: True ColorS joined as tenth.
Overall spending on gaming content (including subscriptions and cloud gaming) was flat year-over-year at $3.78 billion.
Accessories spending was down by 12% year-on-year, totaling $171 million, while year-to-date accessory sales saw a 9% increase to $1.8 billion.
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|
|1||1||Madden NFL 22|
|NEW||4||Tales of Arise|
|NEW||5||Diablo II: Resurrected|
|3||7||Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War|
|2||8||Ghost of Tsushima|
|5||9||Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales|
|NEW||10||Life is Strange: True Colors|
|6||11||Mario Kart 8*|
|NEW||12||Diablo Prime Evil Collection|
|NEW||13||Sonic Colors: Ultimate|
|NEW||15||WarioWare: Get It Together!*|
|9||16||Assassin's Creed: Valhalla|
|11||17||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*|
|14||18||Animal Crossing: New Horizons*|
|12||19||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)|
|16||20||Mortal Kombat 11|
*Digital sales not included