Sales of video game hardware and software continued their monthly decline, with September revenue down 8% to $1.27 billion compared with $1.39 billion from the previous-year period, according to new data from The NPD Group.
“Year-to-date spending across tracked video game hardware, software, accessories, and game cards has fallen 6% when compared to 2018, to $8.3 billion,” analyst Mat Piscatella said in video blog. “Declines in hardware spending have driven the decrease.”
Indeed, sales of game consoles and handheld devices plummeted 22% to $240 million from $307 million last year. Hardware sales continue to be negatively impacted by Microsoft and Sony not releasing new edition consoles until the 2020 winter holidays.
Software sales dropped 4% to $732 million from $761 million in 2018. Accessories and game cards fell 7% to $308 million from $328 million last year.
Top-selling titles in the month based on revenue (not units)
- NBA 2K20
- Borderlands 3
- FIFA 20
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
- Madden NFL 20
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
- Gears 5
- Code Vein
- NHL 20
- Mario Kart 8
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Spyro Reignited Trilogy
- Red Dead Redemption II
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
- Plants vs Zombies: Battle For Neighborville
- Marvel’s Spider-Man
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild