Spider-Man, Forza Horizon 4 Set Sales Records In The US

Spider-Man tops the charts.


The NPD Group has released its monthly report for September, revealing the consoles and games that sold the best in the United States during the month.

Starting with games, Sony's PS4 exclusive Spider-Man topped the charts and set a new record for highest launch-month dollar sales for any PlayStation exclusive ever. The game made more money over its launch than any other title across the entire industry this year. To put Spider-Man's success into further perspective, the NPD said first-month sales were 37 percent higher than the combined launch-month sales of every other Spider-Man game released since 1995.

NBA 2K19 landed at No. 2 in September, and it enjoyed the highest launch-month dollar sales of any sports game released since NPD started tracking in 1995. NBA 2K19 also had the best launch of any game in the NBA 2K franchise in history.

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey made the September chart, landing at No. 3, and it enjoyed double-digit sales growth compared to Assassin's Creed: Origins. The NPD's tracking period for September ran until October 6, just one day after Odyssey launched.

Another September highlight was Forza Horizon 4, which had 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."

September's Shadow of the Tomb Raider debuted at No. 5, but sales dropped compared to the launch month for Rise of the Tomb Raider. Overall, total game sales reached $747 million in September, which is flat compared to last year.

On the hardware side, the PS4 was the best-selling console in September in terms of units sold and dollars spent. September was the best month for unit sales of any console (beside a non plug-n-play system) since September 2014. Specifically, the PS4 Slim 1 TB system was the month's best-selling piece of hardware in terms of unit sales and dollar amount.

Xbox One sales were strong as well, rising 30 percent compared to a year ago. The Xbox One X 1 TB system is the best-selling Xbox One console for the year for dollars and units sold, which is surprising given the Xbox One S is less expensive. Overall, hardware spending dropped 3 percent to $306 million compared to last year. As mentioned, the PS4 and Xbox One posted gains, but they were not strong enough to offset the declines from other systems.

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.

September 2018 Game Sales

September All Platforms

  1. 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. Rainbow Six: Siege
  17. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy^
  18. Super Mario Odyssey*
  19. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  20. Minecraft***

Year To Date All Platforms

  1. Far Cry 5
  2. God of War
  3. 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*

All Platforms Ending September 2018

  1. Call of Duty: WWII^
  2. Super Mario Odyssey*
  3. Far Cry 5
  4. Star Wars: Battlefront II^
  5. NBA 2K18
  6. Assassin's Creed Origins
  7. God of War
  8. Spider-Man
  9. Monster Hunter: World
  10. NBA 2K19

September 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

September PS4

  1. 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

September Nintendo Switch (no digital sales)

  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

September 3DS (no digital sales)

  1. Pokemon Ultra Sun
  2. Pokemon Ultra Moon
  3. Mario Kart 7
  4. Super Smash Bros.
  5. Minecraft
  6. Super Mario 3D Land
  7. Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps
  8. Warioware: Gold
  9. Mario Party: The Top 100
  10. Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: White Dog Squad

*Digital sales not included

^ PC digital sales not included

*** includes 100% of physical and digital on Sony and Microsoft consoles

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