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 V||360, PS3||Take 2|
|02.||Madden NFL 25||360, PS3||Electronic Arts|
|03.||NBA 2K14||360, PS3, PC||Take 2|
|04.||Diablo III||360, PS3, PC||Activision Blizzard|
|05.||FIFA 14||360, PS3, PSV||Electronic Arts|
|06.||Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix||PS3||Square Enix|
|07.||Disney Infinity||360, Wii, PS3, Wii U, 3DS||Disney Interactive|
|08.||NHL 14||360, PS3||Electronic Arts|
|10.||Saints Row 4||360, PS3, PC||Deep 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.