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NPD Sep 2018: Spider-Man has largest launch in PlayStation exclusive history, PS4 best selling HW

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Thanks to the NPD Group & VentureBeat for the breakdown.

Here are the numbers for September 2018:
  • Total: $1,376 million (up 7 percent from $1,285 million in September 2017)
  • Hardware: $306 million (down 3% from $306 million)
  • PC and console software: $747 million (flat compared to $744 million)
  • Accessories: $323 million (up 43 percent from $225 million)
Year-to-date spending across video game Hardware, Software, Accessories and Game Cards is up 16 percent when compared to the same period a year ago, to $8.9 billion. Growth has occurred across all categories of spending, with Accessories & Game Cards driving the largest dollar growth.


SOFTWARE

Dollar sales of Console, Portable and PC Games Software reached $747 million in September 2018, flat when compared to a year ago. Year-to-date software spending is up 5 percent versus a year ago, to $3.9 billion.

Marvel's Spider-Man breaks PlayStation exclusive record:
Marvel's Spider-Man achieved the highest launch month dollar sales for any PlayStation exclusive in history, and is the seventh largest launch ever achieved by any game on any PlayStation platform.

Marvel's Spider-Man generated higher dollars sales in its launch than any other game this year and currently ranks as the third best-selling game of 2018, and the #8 best-selling game over the last 12 months.

Marvel's Spider-Man achieved launch month sales 37 percent higher than the combined launch month sales of all other Spider-Man games released since The NPD Group began tracking in 1995.

Forza Horizon 4 has the biggest launch for an Xbox racing game:
Forza Horizon 4 achieved the highest launch month dollar sales in Forza franchise history, and is the biggest launch for a racing game on any Xbox platform in history. Forza Horizon 4 was the seventh best-selling game of September.

NBA2K19 becomes fastest selling sports game:
NBA 2K19 debuts as the #2 best-selling game of September, and instantly becomes the 5th best-selling game of 2018. NBA 2K19 achieved the highest launch month dollar sales of any Sports genre game released since The NPD Group began tracking the industry in 1995. NBA 2K19 represents the biggest launch of any game in the NBA 2K franchise, and it is now the best-selling Sports game of 2018 year to date.

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey outdoes Origins:
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey appears at #3 on the September charts with double-digit percentage dollar sales growth when compared to the launch of Assassin's Creed: Origins a year ago. Assassin's Creed: Origins now ranks as the 6th best-selling game over the past 12 months.

FIFA 19 has biggest opening since FIFA 16:
FIFA 19 launches at number 4 on the September charts, with higher launch month dollar sales than any release in the franchise since FIFA 16, and the third highest launch month dollar sales for any soccer game in history.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider charts at #5:
Shadow of the Tomb Raider enters the charts as the fifth best-selling game of September, achieving the second highest launch month dollar sales for the franchise following only Tomb Raider, which launched in 2013.

Super Mario Party charts at #9:
Super Mario Party was the top selling game on Nintendo Switch for the month and the 9th best selling game overall. Please note that digital sales are not included in NPD data.

HARDWARE & ACCESSORIES

Hardware spending down despite PS4 & XB1 gains:
Hardware spending in September 2018 fell 3 percent when compared to a year ago, to $306 million. Significant gains in spending on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hardware were offset by declines across all other platforms.

8th gen + Plug & Play consoles drive YTD spending:
For the 2018 year-to-date period, hardware spending has increased 18 percent to $2.4 billion. Spending gains for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and plug-n-play devices such as the NES Classic and SNES Classic have driven growth.

PS4 was the best selling console in September:
PlayStation 4 was September's best-selling hardware platform in both units and dollars sold. PlayStation 4 hardware achieved the highest September unit sell-through for a non plug-n-play console since the PS4 in 2014.

Sony's PlayStation 4 remains the best-selling console hardware platform year to date. The PS4 Slim System 1TB was the month's best-selling hardware item in both dollars and units.

Xbox One sales are up YoY and YTD:
Xbox One hardware dollar sales in September grew more than 30 percent when compared to a year ago, and are now up more than 60 percent year to date.

The Xbox One X System 1TB Black is the best-selling Xbox One hardware item of the year in both dollars and units sold.

Accessories & Game Cards:
Total spending on Accessories and Game Cards grew 43 percent in September 2018 when compared to a year ago, to an all-time high of $323 million.

Year to date, Accessories and Game Card spending has grown 35 percent when compared to a year ago, to $2.6 billion. This is also an all-time high, significantly exceeding the $1.9 billion generated in the 2017 year to date period.

For the first time in tracked history, both September and year-to-date Game Card spending now exceeds that of Accessories.

RANKINGS
Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel, ranked on dollar sales
  1. Marvel's Spider-Man
  2. NBA 2K19
  3. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  4. FIFA 19^
  5. Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
  6. Madden NFL 19^
  7. Forza Horizon 4
  8. Destiny 2^
  9. Super Mario Party*
  10. NHL 19
  11. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes Of An Elusive Age
  12. WWE 2K19
  13. Grand Theft Auto V
  14. Mario Kart 8*
  15. Naruto To Boruto: Shinobi Striker
  16. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege
  17. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy^
  18. Super Mario Odyssey*
  19. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  20. Minecraft*
* Digital sales not included
^ PC digital sales not included

Xbox One
  1. NBA 2K19
  2. Forza Horizon 4
  3. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  4. FIFA 19
  5. Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
  6. Destiny 2
  7. Madden NFL 19
  8. NHL 19
  9. WWE 2K19
  10. Grand Theft Auto V
PlayStation 4
  1. Marvel's Spider-Man
  2. NBA 2K19
  3. FIFA 19
  4. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  5. Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
  6. Madden NFL 19
  7. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes Of An Elusive Age
  8. Destiny 2
  9. NHL 19
  10. WWE 2K19
Nintendo Switch
  1. Super Mario Party
  2. Mario Kart 8
  3. Super Mario Odyssey
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  5. Mega Man 11
  6. Mario Tennis Aces
  7. Splatoon 2
  8. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  9. Monster Hunter: Generations Ultimate
  10. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
Year To Date
  1. Far Cry 5
  2. God of War 2018
  3. Marvel's Spider-Man
  4. Monster Hunter: World
  5. NBA 2K19
  6. Madden NFL 19^
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Call of Duty: WWII^
  9. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
  10. Mario Kart 8*
 
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Raw64life

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At least Dragon Quest XI charted. That's kind of good news I guess.

Literally any kind of minute detail or insight about DQXI's performance on PS4 would be greatly appreciated.
 

TheRulingRing

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Plz Shu make a fanboy "Spiderman sold more than every Xbox game since..." tweet. I want to see burning wreckage.
 

Eikemo

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Oct 20, 2018
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Im glad, Spiderman is a huge get for Playstation, glad to see it paying off!
 

tyfon

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Nov 2, 2017
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Not to be nitpicking but the numbers here seem incorrect:
Hardware: $306 million (down 3% from $168 million)

Also very nice for Spidey :)
Next stop: TLoU2
 

BigTnaples

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Oct 30, 2017
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God damn!


Spiderman was amazing.


Can't wait to see what Red Dead does. Should be interesting to see what the PS4 Exclusive vs Xbox Counter combo deals and the DF analysis do to shape next month.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Charting 9th with 2 days of tracking is a good time.

DQXI hitting 11th place is higher than I thought but that’s great.
 

AegonSnake

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Oct 25, 2017
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Best Selling PS launch ever.
7th best selling launch ever.
Best Selling Launch of the Year.

So many records. goddamn.
 

OrbitalBeard

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Oct 25, 2017
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BotW might finally leave the NPD chart for the first tine since launch soon, though it’ll probably reappear in early 2019.
 

silva1991

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Oct 26, 2017
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Marvel's Spider-Man achieved launch month sales 37 percent higher than the combined launch month sales of all other Spider-Man games released since The NPD Group began tracking in 1995.
Damn

How did DQ11 do compared to the previous games?
 

Serene

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Oct 25, 2017
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So AC Odyssey did better than Origins and Shadow of the Tomb Raider seems to have done well relative to the franchise.

I guess that debunks a few narratives around here.
 

Trafalgar Law

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Nov 6, 2017
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Again the spidey game is an outlier
I wish people realized it doing it so well is insane
37 PERCENT HIGHER THAN ALL OTHER SPIDEY GAMES COMBINED
 

Kalentan

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Oct 25, 2017
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Confused, didn't Odyssey come out in October? Even the early edition was still October, no?
 

big_z

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The Xbox One X System 1TB Black is the best-selling Xbox One hardware item of the year in both dollars and units sold.
So the X outsells the S? That’s crazy considering the price and that the pro only only making up 20% of Sony’s sales.
 

KtotheRoc

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Oct 27, 2017
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Congrats Insomniac, Sony, and Marvel! Spider-Man really did hit the jackpot!

DQXI charting... Hopefully SE is happy with it.