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NBA 2K20 Tops US Charts in September, Switch Best-Selling Console - VGChartz
NBA 2K20 Tops US Charts in September, Switch Best-Selling Console

NBA 2K20 Tops US Charts in September, Switch Best-Selling Console - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 October 2019 / 3,461 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in the US in September 2019, according to figures from NPD.

Overall spending on hardware dropped 22 percent year-on-year to $240 million, while spending on software dropped four percent to $732 million. Overall spending on video games fell eight percent to $1.278 billion.

"Nintendo Switch was again the best-selling hardware platform of September and remains the best-selling platform of 2019," said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella.


"Year-to-date spending across tracked video game hardware, software, accessories, and game cards has fallen 6 percent when compared to 2018, to $8.3 billion," said Piscatella. "Declines in hardware spending have driven the decrease."

NBA 2K20 was the best-selling game in the US in September and is already the best-selling game of 2019. 

"NBA 2K20 debuts as the best-selling game of September 2019, and instantly becomes the best-selling game of 2019 year-to-date," said Piscatella. "NBA 2K20 launch-month sales were the highest for any sports game in history, exceeding sales of the previous record holder, NBA 2K19."

Borderlands 3 debuted in second place and had the best launch in franchise history. It is also already the third best-selling game in 2019.

Gears 5 debuted in seventh place. While it might appear to be a low debut for one of the biggest franchises on the Xbox, the game was available day one on Game Pass.

Here are the top 20 best-selling games in terms of dollars:

  1. NBA 2K20
  2. Borderlands 3
  3. FIFA 20
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening*
  5. Madden NFL 20
  6. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
  7. Gears 5^
  8. Code Vein
  9. NHL 20
  10. Mario Kart 8*
  11. Minecraft#
  12. Grand Theft Auto V
  13. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  14. Spyro Reignited Trilogy
  15. Red Dead Redemption II
  16. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  17. Plants vs Zombies: Battle For Neighborville
  18. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  19. Catherine
  20. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*

*Does not include digital sales
^Does not include Steam digital sales

#Only includes digital sales for PlayStation 4 and Xbox one

Here are the top 10 selling games so far in 2019:

  1. NBA 2K20
  2. Mortal Kombat 11
  3. Borderlands 3
  4. Madden NFL 20
  5. Kingdom Hearts III
  6. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  7. Anthem
  8. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  9. Resident Evil 2 2019
  10. Grand Theft Auto V

Here are the lists of top 10 selling games by platform for the month:

Xbox One

  1. Borderlands 3
  2. NBA 2K20
  3. Gears 5
  4. FIFA 20
  5. Madden NFL 20
  6. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
  7. NHL 20
  8. Plants vs Zombies: Battle For Neighborville
  9. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  10. Grand Theft Auto V

PlayStation 4

  1. NBA 2K20
  2. Borderlands 3
  3. FIFA 20
  4. Madden NFL 20
  5. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
  6. NHL 20
  7. Code Vein
  8. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  9. Catherine
  10. Minecraft

Nintendo Switch

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening*
  2. Mario Kart 8*
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  4. Spyro Reignited Trilogy
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  6. Super Mario Maker 2*
  7. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes Of An Elusive Age*
  8. Astral Chain*
  9. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
  10. Super Mario Party*

Nintendo 3DS

  1. Pokemon: Ultra Sun*
  2. Pokemon: Ultra Moon*
  3. Super Mario Maker*
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D*
  5. Mario Kart 7*
  6. Super Mario 3D Land*
  7. Super Smash Bros.*
  8. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D*
  9. Minecraft*
  10. Luigi’s Mansion*

thanks VentureBeat.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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8 Comments

Sholities (on 17 October 2019)

Nice! Code Vein is in the top 10! Hope we get a sequel!


Cerebralbore101 (on 18 October 2019)

Yeah that game looks pretty neat. Saw it on Jimquisition a few days ago. Might pick i up.


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The_Liquid_Laser (on 17 October 2019)

Mario Kart 8, Smash Bros, and Zelda: BotW continue to impress. Many months later they are still charting even though they are only on a single platform and don't include digital sales.


Zenos (on 17 October 2019)

To be pedantic written like that those games are on 2 platforms, but most people also want to forget the Wii U. :P


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The_Liquid_Laser (on 18 October 2019)

Context matters. We are talking about the above sales charts. Doubt any of those games sold on the Wii U last month.


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SanAndreasX (on 19 October 2019)

So I guess the NBA now outsells the NFL as far as video games go? I know they did it one year a couple of years back. Hope Dragon Quest XI S did okay between physical and digital copies.


Cerebralbore101 (on 18 October 2019)

Wait, why the heck are NBA and MK11 so high on this list? "20 best-selling games in terms of dollars" Oh I see. NPD is counting dollars and not actual sales numbers. Neat.


Zenos (on 17 October 2019)

The Switch top 3 sellers are great games and don't depress me.