Top 10 in Sales - October 2012

by William D'Angelo, posted on 12 November 2012 / 6,941 Views

Welcome to the ‘Top 10’ weekly feature. Each week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in a particular genre, platform, most recent month, even sprinkling in the top 10 selling games from a past year. All sales specified will be worldwide, unless stated otherwise.

This week we will be looking at the top 10 bestselling games in October 2012. Last week we looked at the top 10 bestselling games on the Nintendo 64 and the week before that the top 10 bestselling games on the PlayStation. If there is a particular top 10 you want to see leave a comment and it may be featured in a future top 10.

Top 10 Selling Games in October 2012

Looking at the top 10 bestselling games in October 2012, seven games debuted this month, while three were released prior to October. One game was released in June 2012 and two were released in September 2012.

The top 10 bestselling games in October 2012 sold a combined 10.64 million games, down from 11.90 million in September 2012. Pokémon Black / White Version 2 is the only game to sell two million or more units, while the top five games sold one million or more units. Just one game, Just Dance 4 didn’t sell 500,000 or more units.

There are six different publishers. Capcom, Electronic Arts, Bethesda, and Take-Two each had two games in the top 10, while Nintendo and Ubisoft each had one game.  The two Capcom games sold a combined 3.09 million units or 29.0 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two EA games sold a combined 2.42 million units or 22.7 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two Bethesda games sold a combined 1.22 million units or 11.5 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two Take-Two games sold a combined 1.15 million units or 10.8 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

Top 10 Selling Games in October 2012

Taking a look at the top 10 bestselling games in October 2012 as a graph really shows how only a few games sold well.  Pokémon Black / White Version 2 outsold the bottom four games in the top 10 combined. Resident Evil 6 sold a combined 3.09 million units and FIFA 13 sold a combined 2.42 million units.

As a quick note here are other software sales for the month of October: The top 20 games sold 200,000 or more units and the top 42 sold 100,000 or more units. 11.56 million games were sold on the PlayStation 3, 10.63 million on the Xbox 360 and 4.58 million on the Wii. 4.98 million games were sold on the DS, 2.31 million on the 3DS and 1.33 million on the PSP.

Here are the hardware sales for the month of October: The PlayStation is the top platform for the month with sales of 932,351. The 3DS sold 901,380 units which makes it the bestselling handheld for the month. The Xbox 360 sold 720,357 units and the Wii sold 190,266 units. The Vita sold 158,826 units, the PSP sold 138,424 units and the DS sold 127,914 units.

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2 Comments

Araknie (on 13 November 2012)

Pokèmon Black/White 2 it's really good i can tell you. It's difficult to complete, it has so many extra modes that can bring you really more than 40 hours to do them, it has a mode that you have to do daily and more more more. I don't even know how many secret out of the map i have found...i lost count. It's the real next step of Pokèmon that people waited so long.


Michael-5 (on 12 November 2012)

Request: Top 10 games which introduced a new genre (e.g. Super Mario Bros - Platformer, Resident Evil - Survival Horror, Super Mario Kart - Kart Racing, Need for Speed - 3D racer, etc). That's something you actually have to think about to make.


vfguy (on 13 November 2012)

Michael-5: Good idea, but several games predate most of your examples you make (Donkey Kong, Pitfall, Alone in the Dark, Virtua Racing, etc.). Another difficulty is that most genres have complicated beginnings that span multiple titles.


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