Borderlands 2 Enjoys 1.5 Million In Sales; EA Dominate September With Sports

By Ishaan . October 11, 2012 . 4:10pm

The NPD Group have released their monthly industry report for September, and it reveals that Electronic Arts published five of the ten best-selling titles in North America during the month, with an assortment of sports games. Topping the chart at the #1 spot was Madden NFL 2013.


Following Madden at #2 was popular co-operative shooter-cum-RPG, Borderlands 2, which Game Informer report sold 1.48 million copies in its first month on shelves. NPD’s Anita Frazier says that’s a 234% increase over launch sales of the original Borderlands.


Meanwhile, Game Informer also mention that New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the 3DS sold over 295,000 copies in its second month.


The top ten best-selling games in September were as follows:


Rank Title System Publisher
01. Madden NFL 2013 PS3, 360, Wii, PSV Electronic Arts
02. Borderlands 2 PS3, 360, PC Take 2
03. FIFA Soccer 13 PS3, 360, 3DS, Wii, PSV, PSP Electronic Arts
04. New Super Mario Bros. 2 3DS Nintendo
05. Guild Wars 2 PC NCSoft
06. NHL 13 PS3, 360 Electronic Arts
07. World of WarCraft: Mists of Pandaria PC Activision Blizzard
08. NCAA Football 13 PS3, 360 Electronic Arts
09. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes PS3, 360, 3DS, Wii, PC, PSV, DS Warner Bros.
10. Battlefield 3 PS3, 360, PC Electronic Arts

  • Budgiecat

    Nice artwork. Too bad you can’t see your characters in the game to appreciate it though..

    • natchu96

      Play with friends. You can see them.

      234% is quite a lot . . . it’s basically tripling the number . . .

  • Wake

    I was making progress with clearing my gaming backlog but Borderlands 2 just came along and halted that. This game is just freakin’ addicting.  

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    If Borderlands 2 sold 1.48m copies and WoW sold 2.7m how is it in second place and WoW in 7th? Oh wait I think it sold 2.7m in it’s first week which actually went into October because it was a late release in September. Eh nevermind then.

    … I sadly haven’t had time to play Borderlands 2 and I haven’t touched it in 2 weeks. Having a life sucks :( I guess I have weekends to play it but I need to get 90 this weekend in WoW and Pokemon White 2 was out today as well D:
    Damn first world problems. *kicks rock*

  • CirnoLakes

    I’m not really a huge fan of first person shooters or grittiness. Not surprising as a Siliconera user. And something which Borderlands has both of. So I’ve tended to ignore stuff about Borderlands. And anything I actually know about it is fairly accidental.

    And that accidental news I’ve stumbled upon has lead me to believe… are they actually trying to make Borderlands more cute and less manly? Sure, it’s borderlands, some kind of awful desert world dystopia place full of burly men and no prettyboys.

    But now they’ve added… Tiny Tina and Gaige? A psycho yandere doll girl obsessed with tea parties and Gaige, a girl with bright red pigtails and My Little Pony skills.

    Eh, still nothing to make me excited about Borderlands. It’s just another game in the first person shooter boom I’d kind of like to end. But it’s a little improvement in a dudebro boom, in a dudebro genre, in a dudebro market. It’s nice to see a first person shooter do something a little less macho.

    • Jack Frazee

       The first Borderlands also had some cute stuff, and both games are very silly throughout.

      I’m not a very big fan of FPS games in general, but I absolutely love Borderlands, but with one caveat. I do not believe I would have as much fun with the game if I did not play almost exclusively with my long-time multiplayer/co-op friend.

      If you had a good co-op buddy, give it a try (the first game is FREE if you have PS+!). If you’re a lone soldier or play with randoms, you likely will not have as much fun.

    • Rentekabond

      Borderlands itself has already been very much not a dudebro game as, despite the chisled physique of 2 of the main characters from the first game and most of the enemies, The characters in Borderlands are a bunch of nerds, constantly quoting internet and nerd culture. Borderlands 2 is even better at this, with characters that have even more diversity, going so far as to quote YugiOh in Haiku form for no other reason than because they can. 

      And if you don’t like Men, there was a girl character in each game that was playable (2 for Borderlands 2, now) to break up the “machismo” you’re sick of. 

      There’s plenty of charm and wit in both games that go far beyond what you dismiss as a simple dudebro game, moreso than I can say about the OtakuWaifu genre these days. So while I can’t tell you to love the game, give it a shot, as it’s a really good game.

      • CirnoLakes

        That sounds nice. And I hope I haven’t come across as a terrible bigot. That’s just been my impressions of what I’ve seen of the game. And given I’m not much into first person shooters, I haven’t looked much deeper.

        I might grab the game if it goes on one of those insane Steam sales anytime soon. But other than that, I have a lot more other games demanding my attention I’d rather play first.

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