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Top 20 Best-Selling Games In The US For September 2017

Destiny 2 tops the charts.


After a last-minute delay, the NPD Group today released its full report for September 2017 video game software and hardware sales in the United States. Starting with games, Bungie's Destiny 2 topped the all-platforms chart, with NBA 2K18, Madden NFL 18, FIFA 18, and Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle rounding out the top five for the period.

Total spending on games in the US during September amounted to $744 million, a dramatic increase of 49 percent year-over-year. Also notable is the fact that Destiny 2 had the strongest first-month spend than another game so far this year. Additionally, after just one month on the market, it surpassed Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Wildlands to become the best selling game of 2017 so far. With Call of Duty: WWII coming up in November, Destiny 2 may not hold the record for much longer. Destiny 2 is also now the third best-selling game of the trailing 12 months, only behind juggernauts like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1.

The NPD Group also mentioned that Destiny 2's total revenue in its first month--combining physical and digital--was stronger than Destiny 1.

September 2017's No. 2 game, NBA 2K18, is now the highest-selling sports game of 2017. Additionally, the pro basketball game enjoyed the "largest consumer spend in launch month of any sports genre title" since the launch of PS4 and Xbox One.

Another software note this month is that Psyonix, the developer and publisher of Rocket League, is now part of the NPD's Digital Leader Panel. This means that the NPD Group now tracks digital sales of Psyonix's games. Rocket League didn't make it into any of the NPD Group's tracked sales charts for September 2017, however.

Moving to hardware, revenue jumped 34 percent to $316 million. The Nintendo Switch sold the most units among current-generation consoles, though it was the PS4--which is more expensive--that generated the largest total consumer spend. Strictly looking at console unit sales for all consoles, the SNES Classic sold the best. This is particularly notable given that the console launched on September 29, right at the very end of the NPD Group's reporting period for the month. Additionally, the SNES Classic has now surpassed the NES Classic in terms of life-to-date spend after just one month.

For the full year, hardware spending in the US jumped 20 percent to $2.1 billion. The Nintendo Switch, SNES Classic, and PS4 were called out as key contributors to this growth. And while the Switch outsold the PS4 (and Xbox One) in September, the PS4 is still the best-selling console of 2017.

On the accessories front, the black DualShock 4 controller sold the best in September, while the Switch Pro Controller is the top-seller for the year. Total spending on games--covering software, hardware, and accessories--rose 39 percent to $1.2 billion in September 2017.

SEPTEMBER 2017 Top 10 Games (All Platforms)

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

  1. Destiny 2*
  2. NBA 2K18
  3. Madden NFL 18
  4. FIFA 18
  5. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle*
  6. Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. NHL 18
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  10. Rainbow Six Siege
  11. Mario Kart 8*
  12. Metroid: Samus Returns*
  13. Pokken Tournament*
  14. Overwatch*
  15. Ark: Survival Evolved*
  16. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  17. NBA Live 18
  18. Splatoon 2*
  19. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  20. Minecraft

September 2017 Top 10 Xbox One Games

  1. Destiny 2
  2. NBA 2K18
  3. Madden NFL 18
  4. FIFA 18
  5. NHL 18
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Rainbow Six Siege
  8. Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite
  9. Overwatch
  10. Ark: Survival Evolved*

September 2017 Top 10 PS4 Games

  1. Destiny 2
  2. NBA 2K18
  3. Madden NFL 18
  4. FIFA 18
  5. Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. NHL 18
  8. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  9. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  10. Rainbow Six Siege

August 2017 Top 10 Nintendo Switch

  1. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle*
  2. Mario Kart 8*
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  4. Pokken Tournament DX*
  5. Splatoon 2*
  6. Arms*
  7. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse*
  8. FIFA 18*
  9. Lego Worlds*
  10. Rayman Legends*

September 2017 Top 10 3DS Games

  1. Metroid: Samus Returns*
  2. Monster Hunter Stories*
  3. Pokemon Sun*
  4. Miitopia*
  5. Mario Kart 7*
  6. Super Mario Maker*
  7. Super Smash Bros.*
  8. Pokemon Moon*
  9. Hey! Pikmin*
  10. New Super Mario Bros. 2*

Top 10 Selling Games of 2017

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

Top 10 Selling Games for the 12-Month Period

  1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  2. Battlefield 1
  3. Destiny 2*
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. NBA 2K17
  6. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  7. NBA 2K18
  8. Madden NFL 18
  9. Madden NFL 17
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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