The NPD Group has officially unveiled its sales numbers for October 2017, and although Nintendo had a dominant month with hardware and software, there was a surprising game taking the number one spot.
WB Games' Middle-Earth: Shadow of War dominated in the first place position, winning over fans with a revamped system of what worked so well in Shadow of Mordor, while throwing in a number of new features. The game also took the number one spot in both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sales, along with sales in general.
Following close behind was Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Origins, which performed admirably considering it had a release later in the month – October 27th, to be precise. The game also dominated the second place position on both the Xbox One and PS4 charts.
Super Mario Odyssey followed in third, with South Park: The Fractured But Whole close behind in fourth and NBA 2K18 in fifth.
Here's the full top twenty. Make sure you note that titles with an asterisk – in this case, Bethesda's games – didn't include digital copies sold.
- Middle-earth: Shadow of War
- Assassin's Creed Origins
- Super Mario Odyssey*
- South Park: The Fractured But Whole
- NBA 2K18
- FIFA 18
- WWE 2K18
- Madden NFL 18
- Destiny 2*
- Forza Motorsport 7
- Gran Turismo Sport
- Grand Theft Auto V
- The Evil Within 2*
- Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus*
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
- Mario Kart 8*
- Fire Emblem: Warriors*
- Ghost Recon: Wildlands
- NHL 18
- Rainbow Six Siege
The company also made note of a few trends with sales numbers, including racing games more than doubling compared to October 2016, thanks to titles like Forza Motorsport 7 and Gran Turismo Sport; role-playing games saw a 20 percent leap over the previous year; and Destiny 2 has had no trouble becoming the best-selling title of 2017 thus far. (That could change with the launch of Call of Duty: WWII this month.)
In addition, Activision Blizzard was listed as the most successful company of the year thus far, while Ubisoft had a pretty great month for October, thanks to games like Assassin's Creed Origins.
We previously reported that the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware of the month, but PlayStation 4 is dominating the year. Overall hardware spending reached $238 million, up ten percent from the previous October period. That brings the total spending this year to $2.3 billion, up 19 percent from 2016.
We'll see what November brings with so many new releases on the market!