NPD September 2014: Sony Sweeps Again


Each month industry experts are given a report that details all of the consoles and software numbers sold from physical retail brick-and-mortar stores within the United States, which are then reported on by sites privileged with that sort of information. They are published from the NPD group, with this month’s numbers reporting for NPD September 2014.

Top 10 most sold physical software titles in the US, according to NPD September 2014 numbers (bracket order=most-to-least sold version):

  1. Destiny (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
  2. Madden NFL 15 (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One)
  3. FIFA 15 (PS4, 360, PS3, Xbox One, Wii, Vita, 3DS)
  4. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (3DS)
  5. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  6. NHL 15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  7. Minecraft (360, PS3)
  8. The Sims 4 (PC)
  9. Disney Infinity 2.0 (360, PS3, Wii U, PS4, Xbox One)
  10. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (PS4, 360, PS3, Xbox One, PC)

The platforms listed after each title are listed in order from most sold, to least. No one’s really surprised that Destiny’s on top, but what’s really strange is that it’s the single instance where the Xbox One actually beat out the PS4. This could be because Microsoft offered a free game with the purchase of the Xbox One, which many probably took advantage of during the Destiny release. Sony destroyed the competition for the ninth month running otherwise, tripling August PS4 sales, and even though they lost the Destiny battle, I’m sure their Destiny bundle didn’t hurt them any.

Smash Bros. 3DS is number 4, in spite of only having two days to compete and only one console available to it. It sold 705,000 copies. Nintendo also reported selling 140,000 3DSes, up 55 percent from last month, and the Wii U is up 50 percent as well. GameInformer also reported that Hyrule Warriors was number 11, but would have made it if the list was ordered by SKU and not by title. Not a bad month for Nintendo at all.

It’s also good (though not surprising) to see that The Sims 4 made it as high as it did, given the surge of disappointed press surrounding its debut, though EA seems to be making a quick recovery from that. EA is well-represented above, including Madden, FIFA 15, NHL 15, and The Sims.

Only one month to go before the holiday season starts kicking in, and we’re likely to see surges of new console purchases, especially with all the new game releases still to come in November. Next month we’ll be looking for contenders such as Bayonetta 2, multiple Assassin’s Creed games, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and (on the very last day) Grand Theft Auto V. It’ll be interesting too to see if Sony continues to dominate the market, or if it gives way to Nintendo as Smash sales continue and they release five more anticipated titles.

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