Not Even Resident Evil 6 And Pokémon BW2 Could Prevent October Declines In U.S.

By Ishaan . November 8, 2012 . 4:03pm

October represented a month of “steep declines” for videogame sales at retail, owing to lower sales of games as compared to last year, when hits like Battlefield 3 and Batman: Arkham City were released, the NPD Group reported this afternoon. Hardware sales dropped 37% while total retail spend dropped from $1 billion to $755.5 million.


There were a few exceptions to the decline trend. Skylanders: Giants sold over 160% more units than last year’s Skylanders title did in its debut month and NBA 2K12 outsold last year’s game by 60%. Meanwhile, FIFA Soccer 13 saw an increase of 13% as compared to its predecessor. However, these games alone weren’t enough to offset the decline of the retail console software market.


Sales of portable software, however, were up 37% as compared to last year, owing to the release of Pokémon Black/White 2.


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


Rank Title System Publisher
01. NBA 2K13 PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, PC Take 2
02. Resident Evil 6 PS3, 360 Capcom
03. Pokémon Black 2 DS Nintendo
04. Dishonored PS3, 360, PC Bethesda Softworks
05. Pokémon White 2 DS Nintendo
06. Madden NFL 13 PS3, 360, Wii, PSV Electronic Arts
07. FIFA Soccer 13 PS3, 360, 3DS, Wii, PSP, PSV Electronic Arts
08. Medal of Honor: Warfighter PS3, 360, PC Electronic Arts
09. Borderlands 2 PS3, 360, PC Take 2
10. Skylanders Giants PS3, 360, 3DS, Wii Activision Blizzard


Game Informer report that Bethesda’s Dishonored sold 460,200 copies in the month of October. Meanwhile, XCOM, which didn’t chart in the top-10, sold 114,000 copies. No sales figures have been provided for Resident Evil 6, but we do know that Capcom had shipped 4.5 million copies of the game, worldwide, by the first week of October.


On the bright side, the NPD Group say that November will be a month to look forward to as far as sales go, owing to the release of Assassin’s Creed III, Halo 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and the Wii U.


On the hardware front, the Xbox 360 sold 270,000 units in October and was the top-selling hardware platform for the 15th consecutive month.

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  • eilegz

     good to see that re6 its selling well

    • Unlimax

       Good for the series .. or for Capcom ?

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Nice that Pokemon is still doing well.^_^ And seeing Skylanders, i believe next month we will also see it charting there.^_^

    • Budgiecat

      Pokemon “not doing well” doesn’t really exist in this universe.

      If ever you hear that Pokemon is “not doing well”, question the reality that you are in. You might be plugged into the Matrix or a RECALL system living in a false world

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Lol. Maybe Pokemon not doing well does not happen in our world here.T_T

        I would love a another world where Dreamcast succeed though.T_T

  • Aurizen

    I seen this coming, the games release wasn’t spread out enough, ever good game is released in October, people are trying to save their money for other games later this year, these game should have came out in the summer when everyone is free to have fun and no school.

  • brian yep

    I’m guessing since XCOM sold so low, we’ll probably (still) keep getting mostly stuff like “dudebro shooters” such as Call of Duty.

    • malek86

      XCOM is a success, 2K said so, especially on PC.

      That said, I still want to see that shooter one they showed before.

      • Budgiecat

        Why you always gotta be shooting stuff. Whats wrong with fists and kicks every now and then. Or maybe even biting

        • malek86

          It’s more hygienic.

  • cameron forsyth

    i see that here in the uk they are doing some contemptible counter measures to keep balance between digital and retail sales, as well as the general price bump in stores now i have to pay an extra £15 for a digital release? 

  • Budgiecat

    With that game list I’m not surprised

  • nba selling more than re6 ?


    i guess nba2k is like madden now.

  • Grimaldus Templar

    Games like NBA which customers are known to be diehard fans of, know what they’re buying when they pay for it. They don’t take a risk, they get an upgrade of what they bought last time, like COD. It isn’t a risk, however other games which are mostly new don’t get big sales because gamers are sick and tired of being ripped off with crappy games on a 60 dollar price tag. People are broke, if we’re going to spend 60 dollars on some disk, I’d want to to be playing it for well over a month. Replay value = money’s worth. 

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