GTA5 And Kingdom Hearts Were Among September’s Best-Sellers In The U.S.


September was a big month for new software in the U.S., the NPD Group report. Among the best-selling games of the month was Grand Theft Auto V, which contributed generously to dollar sales for the month, accounting for over 50% of dollar sales.


“New software launches from the month of September combined to represent 63% of unit sales for the month,” the NPD Group say. “This was a big jump from what new software launches experienced last September, and caused average prices to rise by 18% for software as a greater percentage of sales stemmed from full-priced items.”


The top-ten best-selling games in September in the U.S. were as follows:


01.Grand Theft Auto V360, PS3Take 2
02.Madden NFL 25360, PS3Electronic Arts
03.NBA 2K14360, PS3, PCTake 2
04.Diablo III
360, PS3, PCActivision Blizzard
05.FIFA 14360, PS3, PSVElectronic Arts
06.Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 RemixPS3Square Enix
07.Disney Infinity360, Wii, PS3, Wii U, 3DSDisney Interactive
08.NHL 14360, PS3Electronic Arts
10.Saints Row 4360, PS3, PCDeep Silver

Reporting period: September 1st – October 5th, 2013.


On the hardware front, the PlayStation 3 outsold the Xbox 360 for the first time in 32 months, due to an exclusive Grand Theft Auto V PS3 bundle. However, both platforms were beaten by the Nintendo 3DS, which was the best-selling platform for the fifth month in a row. Unfortunately, Nintendo declined to provide 3DS unit sales for September.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.