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NPD October 2021: #1 Far Cry 6, #2 Back 4 Blood, #3 Metroid Dread, #5 Demon Slayer ; Switch #1 HW in Units + Revenue [UPDATE: NSW=711K / Dread = 854K]


State of the market
October 2021 consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories grew 16% vs YA, reaching an October record $4.4 billion. Year-to-date consumer spending reached $46.7 billion, gaining 12% when compared to the same period in 2020.

US NPD HW - October video game hardware dollar sales increased 82% when compared to October 2020, to $472 million. Year-to-date hardware spending has increased 53% when compared to the same period a year ago, reaching $3.9 billion.

Switch was the best-selling hardware platform of October in both units and dollars, aided by the launch of the Nintendo Switch - OLED Model. PlayStation 5 remains the best-selling hardware platform of 2021 year-to-date in dollars, while Nintendo Switch leads in units.

“After 12 months in market, combined units of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series are flat when compared to the same number of months for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One,” said Piscatella. From GamesBeat https://venturebeat.com/2021/11/12/october-2021-npd-switch-oled/

Far Cry 6 debuted as October's best-selling game, instantly becoming the 8th best-selling game of 2021 to date. Far Cry 6 ranked 1st on both PlayStation and Xbox platforms in October.

Back 4 Blood was October's #2 best-selling game, also ranking 2nd on both PlayStation and Xbox platforms.

Metroid: Dread debuted as October's #3 best-selling game, while also ranking 1st on Switch. Metroid: Dread achieved the highest launch month sales of any Metroid franchise release in tracked history. Launch month physical dollar sales of Metroid: Dread nearly doubled those of the previous franchise best, Metroid: Prime.

Software charts

Top 20

2021 Year To Date Top 10

Last 12 Months




October 2021 spending on video game accessories increased 5% when compared to a year ago, to $158 million. Year-to-date accessory sales reached $1.9 billion, increasing 9% when compared to a year ago.

Gamepads remain the best-selling accessory segment year-to-date, with growth of 7% when compared to the same period a year ago.

The Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller was the best-selling accessory of October, while the PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller White remains the best-selling accessory of the year.

Switch: 711,000 (-3%) October 2020 was 735,926
OLED: 314,000
Others: 397,000

Metroid Dread: 854,000 (Digital is included)

Thanks Mat Piscatella!
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