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U.S October NPD Results show decline in software, increase in hardware

Last month's U.S charts are in, showing NBA 2K14 as the top selling title for the month, although software sales were actually down year on year.

This was in a month were Sunset Overdrive, The Evil Within, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Driveclub, Alien Isolation, Super Smash Bros. 3DS, Bayonetta and Lords of the Fallen all launched.

In fact Sunset Overdrive didn't even make the top ten, although the NPD charts do not includes bundled copies, so perhaps it would have if it did.

Here's how the software charts looked, with the highest selling format being listed first.

U.S NPD Charts for October
  1. NBA 2K15 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  2. Super Smash Bros. 3DS (3DS)
  3. The Evil Within (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
  4. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  5. Destiny (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
  6. Skylanders Trap Team (Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, 3DS, Mobile)
  7. FIFA 15 (PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, Wii, Vita, 3DS)
  8. Madden NFL 15 (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One)
  9. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  10. Minecraft (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4)
It's clear that when it comes to third party titles, the most popular formats at the moment for generation 8 consoles is the PS4, although Xbox 360 is still holding its own for generation 7, which makes you wonder when these console owners will shift and if it'll benefit Microsoft or Sony when they do.

On the hardware side PS4 outsold Xbox One for the tenth month in a row, although Microsoft will be hoping the huge price cut it has giving its console for November will make a difference to next months results. Indeed Microsoft says it's already won the first two weeks of November, but it could be that potential PS4 owners are waiting for Black Friday deals, so nothing is certain until next months' results are in. 

Nintendo meanwhile are celebrating not only another million selling game in Super Smash Bros for 3DS, but also the fact that its own console sales grew 47&. It may be behind Microsoft and Sony, but at least it's still seeing results.

Overall hardware was up a whopping 186% over October 2013, so it was certainly a good month for both Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony.

We're quite excited to see how both consoles perform next month.

Edited On 14 Nov, 2014

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