Top 20 Best-Selling Games In The US For October 2017 Revealed

Shadow of War tops the charts.


Following Nintendo's initial report, The NPD Group has now released its full report for October 2017 US sales, covering games and hardware. Starting with games, Middle-earth: Shadow of War was No. 1 for the month, with Assassin's Creed: Origins, Super Mario Odyssey, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, and NBA 2K18 rounding out the top five. You can see a list of the top 20 best sellers below.

Shadow of War sales were 20 percent better than the launch month of Shadow of Mordor back in 2014, the NPD Group noted. Additionally Odyssey had the third-highest launch month for a mainline Mario game since NPD tracking began, only behind New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario Galaxy. Specific unit sales for Shadow of War--and all other games--are now shared in these NPD Group reports. If they are released at all, specific unit sales figures would more likely come directly from publishers.

Total game sales amounted to $474 million for October, which is down 20 percent compared to last year. There were a lot of HUGE games released in October this year, but the NPD Group noted it was always going to be a tough comparison given that the massively successful Battlefield 1 came out in October 2016. On a year-to-date basis, game spending is up 3 percent to $4.2 billion.

Some other software takeaways from the NPD Group report include:

  • Racing game sales more than doubled compared to October 2016, with overall racing game sales up 37 percent this year.
  • Sales of role-playing games jumped by more than 20 percent this month, and are up 43 percent year-to-date.
  • Destiny 2 is 2017's best-selling game to date.
  • NBA 2K18 is the best-selling sports game of 2017.
  • Ubisoft had the strongest month during October 2017 in terms of game sales, while Activision Blizzard is No. 1 for the year so far.

On the hardware front, the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console of the month, though the PlayStation 4 is still the top-seller overall for 2017. Total October US hardware spending amounted to $238 million, which is up 10 percent. For the year, hardware spending rose 19 percent to $2.3 billion, with Switch, plug-and-play consoles like the SNES Classic, and the PS4 called out as contributors to the growth.

The Accessories and Gamecards category saw spending fall 7 percent, to $113 million. A bright spot was steering wheel sales, which more than doubled thanks in part to the high-profile launches of Forza Motorsport 7 and Gran Turismo Sport.

The PS4's DualShock 4 controller was the best-selling accessory in October, and now becomes the top-selling accessory for all of 2017. The NPD Group added that Sony's Gold wireless stereo headset is the top-seller of the year for PS4, with Turtle Beach's Ear Force Recon 50X headset topping the charts for Xbox One this year.

Overall, covering software, hardware, and accessories, US video game sales dropped 11 percent to $825 million. While hardware grew, it wasn't enough to offset the declines in the games and accessories categories.

OCTOBER 2017 Top 20 Games (All Platforms)

*Titles marked with an asterisk do not include digital sales*

  1. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  2. Assassin's Creed Origins
  3. Super Mario Odyssey**
  4. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  5. NBA 2K18
  6. FIFA 18
  7. WWE 2K18
  8. Madden NFL 18
  9. Destiny 2*
  10. Forza Motorsport 7
  11. Gran Turismo Sport
  12. Grand Theft Auto V
  13. The Evil Within 2*
  14. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus*
  15. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  16. Mario Kart 8*
  17. Fire Emblem: Warriors*
  18. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  19. NHL 18
  20. Rainbow Six Siege

October Top 10 Xbox One Games

  1. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  2. Assassin's Creed: Origins
  3. Forza Motorsport 7
  4. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  5. NBA 2K18
  6. FIFA 18
  7. Destiny 2
  8. WWE 2K18
  9. Madden NFL 18
  10. Grand Theft Auto V

October 2017 Top 10 PS4 Games

  1. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  2. Assassin's Creed: Origins
  3. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  4. NBA 2K18
  5. FIFA 18
  6. Gran Turismo Sport
  7. WWE 2K18
  8. Madden NFL 18
  9. Destiny 2
  10. The Evil Within 2*

October 2017 Top 10 Nintendo Switch

  1. Super Mario Odyssey*
  2. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  3. Mario Kart 8*
  4. Fire Emblem: Warriors*
  5. Pokken Tournament DX*
  6. Splatoon 2*
  7. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle*
  8. FIFA 18*
  9. NBA 2K18*
  10. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2*

October 2017 Top 10 3DS Games

  1. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions*
  2. Metroid: Samus Returns*
  3. Miitopia*
  4. Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth*
  5. Pokemon Sun*
  6. Fire Emblem: Warriors*
  7. Super Smash Bros. *
  8. Mario Kart 7*
  9. Super Mario Maker*
  10. Layton's Mystery Journey Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy*

Top 10 Selling Games of 2017

  1. Destiny 2*
  2. NBA 2K18
  3. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. For Honor
  8. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  9. Injustice 2
  10. Mario Kart 8

Top 10 Selling Games for the 12-Month Period

  1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  2. Destiny 2*
  3. Battlefield 1
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. NBA 2K18
  6. NBA 2K17
  7. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  8. Madden NFL 18
  9. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  10. Final Fantasy XV

This story has been updated and corrected.

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Dungeons 3, people. Absolutely the most fun game I played in October. Played 100% of it in just over a week.

On PC, Xbox, and PS4 -- don't need a 1080, an X or Pro to enjoy it, either.

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Wow, look at all of the Sony exclusives!!!

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How is for honor in the 10 ten selling games, the game is pure crap.

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I think middle earth shadow of war severed that. Its a great game. I'm still playing it now

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Surprised Forza 7 outsold GT Sport. Very nice to see Nintendo back in the game but I wonder what could of been if the switch failed and they went full on 3rd party. Owell either way I'm happy the industry is strong. Now if we could just kill off loot boxes and micro transaction I'd be happy ass pigs in shit.

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@chiefwiggum16: 80% of the overall top 10 have MT. Fck AAA.

Support indie games!

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@Pyrosa: Why "fck" AAA? When presented with two single-player, microtransactionless games — 1 borderline great (Wolfenstein II) and one quite good (Evil Within 2) — the consumer base said a collective "no thanks." Seems more a people problem than a publisher one.

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@chiefwiggum16: forza was released on oct 3 turismo on oct 17 so obviously forza would sell more since it had the entire month to sell.

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@hardcoregamer1: why mario sell more even tho it came at the end of the month so it only had 4 days of sales, im impressed it was the best seller individually

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@hardcoregamer1: Makes sense, but there are people who are true die-hard Forza players. (Not a fan myself, but they're technically pretty amazing.)

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Rainbow six siege still going strong