Far Cry 6, Back 4 Blood led October’s best-selling games, per NPD

Far Cry 6 and Back 4 Blood topped the list of October’s best-selling games in the U.S., according to a report from industry tracking group NPD.

But Nintendo also had a strong showing, with the Switch capturing the top spot for hardware in both units sold and dollars spent.

What’s more, Metroid Dread debuted in the number-three spot. Given that NPD doesn’t track any digital sales of Switch games and that the two games that beat Dread are both multiplatform releases, that’s an impressive performance. In fact, it’s the best debut in the history of the series, bringing in nearly twice as much money as the previous leader, Metroid Prime for the GameCube.

Here’s the full top 20 list for software:

  1. Far Cry 6
  2. Back 4 Blood
  3. Metroid Dread
  4. Madden NFL 22
  5. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles
  6. FIFA 22
  7. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  8. Mario Party Superstars
  9. NHL 22
  10. NBA 2K22
  11. Mario Kart 8
  12. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  13. Ghost of Tsushima
  14. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  15. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  16. Minecraft
  17. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  18. Diablo II: Resurrected
  19. Mortal Kombat 11
  20. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Total industry spending was up year over year, with U.S. consumers spending 16 percent more than they did last October on hardware, software, and accessories combined. Hardware in particular saw an 82 percent jump over last year.

From January through October, U.S. sales for the gaming category have reached $46.7 billion—12 percent higher than the same period of 2020. Keep in mind, too, that 2020 was itself a record year thanks to pandemic-boosted interest in gaming.

For more on the NPD’s latest report, check out analyst Mat Piscatella’s Twitter thread. And be sure to check out our reviews of Far Cry 6 and Back 4 Blood.

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