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Charts: October 2009

The NPD Group have released the video game hardware and software charts for October 2009. The slim PS3 is still chugging along nicely this month, but the Wii reclaimed the top spot:

  • Wii – 506.9K
  • DS – 457.6K
  • Playstation 3 – 320.6K
  • Xbox 360 – 249.7K
  • Playstation Portable – 174.6K
  • Playstation 2 – 117.8

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves takes a well-deserved place at the top of the software chart. Borderlands (said by one analyst to have been ‘sent to die’ at retail) has done well for itself, standing toe-to-toe with Wii Fit (and very likely outselling it across all formats). Forza Motorsport 3 didn’t do badly for only a couple of days of sales, but DJ Hero, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City didn’t make the charts in a  similarly short release window.  Also missing is Demon’s Souls, but that was always expected to be a fairly niche title:

  1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Sony, PS3) – 537,000
  2. Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo, Wii) – 441,000
  3. Borderlands (2K Games, 360) – 418,000
  4. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Wii) – 314,000
  5. NBA 2K10 (2K Games, 360) – 311,000
  6. Halo 3: ODST (Microsoft, 360) – 271,000
  7. NBA 2K10 (2K Games, PS3) – 213,000
  8. Forza Motorsport 3 (Microsoft, 360) – 175,000
  9. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (Square Enix, DS) – 169,000
  10. FIFA Soccer 10 (Electronic Arts, 360) – 156,000

The NPD’s Anita Fraser tweeted the overall stats.  The industry as a whole is down compared to last year, but the consoles all being cheaper is obviously a factor:

October VG sales at $1.1B for month, down 19% from LY. Console hardware hardest hit down 21% in unit sales from LY. #NPDGames

Microsoft’s incredibly quick press release mentioned six 360 games in the console top 10 (ignoring handhelds), which means that Brutal Legend on 360 only just missed the chart, so even if it has to have sold less than 156,000 units on each console it did not do terribly.

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