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FIFA 21 Debuts in First on the US Charts in October, Nintendo has Strong Month

FIFA 21 Debuts in First on the US Charts in October, Nintendo has Strong Month - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 13 November 2020 / 2,856 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in the US in October 2020 selling 735,926 units, outselling the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in terms of units sold and total dollars, according to figures from NPD. October NPD includes the dates for October 4 through October 31.

The Switch has been the best-selling console for 23 consecutive months, since December 2018, which is the longest streak since NPD started tracking sales numbers. 

Overall spending on hardware increased 41 percent year-on-year to $259 million in October. Year-to-date spending has increased by 23 percent to $2.54 billion. Spending on video game content increased 12 percent year-over-year to $3.43 billion. Year-to-date spending has increased by 23 percent to 33.20 billion.

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Overall spending on video games increased 14 percent to $3.84 billion in September. Year-to-date spending has increased by 20 percent to $37.50 billion.

"Consumer spending across video game hardware, content, and accessories reached $3.8 billion in October 2020, 14% higher when compared to a year ago," said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. "Mobile, subscription, hardware, and accessories were among the largest growth segments. Year-to-date spending totaled $37.5 billion, 20% higher than the same period in 2019."

Nintendo accounted for nine of the top 20 best-selling games in October, while EA sports game - FIFA 21, Madden NFL 21, and NHL 21 - took three of the top four spots.

FIFA 21 debuted in first place on the NPD charts for October 2020. This is the first time a game in the FIFA franchise has debuted in first place in the US. 

"FIFA 21 was the best-selling game of October, the first time a FIFA franchise release has launched at No. 1 in the U.S. market," said Piscatella. "FIFA 21 was the best-selling game of October on both PlayStation and Xbox platforms."

Watch Dogs Legion Sales

Watch Dogs Legion debuted in third place, despite only being available for the last three days of the month. 

"Watch Dogs Legion debuted as the third best-selling game of October, despite having only three days of sales tracking in the month," said Piscatella."Watch Dogs Legion was the second best-selling game of the month on Xbox platforms, and third best-selling game of the month on PlayStation platforms."

NHL 21 debuted in fourth place and launch sales in terms of revenue are the highest since NHL 16 launched in September 2015.

"NHL 21 entered the charts as the fourth best-selling game of October," said Piscatella. "Launch month dollar sales were the highest for an NHL release since the September 2015 launch of NHL 16."

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit debuted in fifth place and was the best-selling Nintendo game. 

"Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit ranked as the fifth best-selling game of October, and was the best-selling game on Nintendo platforms," said Piscatella.

Mario Kart Live Home Circuit Sales

Here are the top 20 best-selling games in terms of dollars for October 2020:

All Platforms
Rank Last Month Rank October 2020 Top 20 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales Publisher
1 NEW FIFA 21 Electronic Arts
2 3 Madden NFL 21 Electronic Arts
3 NEW Watch Dogs: Legion Ubisoft
4 NEW NHL 21 Electronic Arts
5 NEW Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Nintendo
6 2 Super Mario 3D All-Stars* Nintendo
7 8 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
8 9 Star Wars: Squadrons Electronic Arts
9 6 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Activision Blizzard (Corp)
10 11 Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time Activision Blizzard (Corp)
11 10 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe* Nintendo
12 12 Ghost of Tsushima Sony (Corp)
13 5 NBA 2K21* Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
14 1 Marvel’s Avengers Square Enix Inc (Corp)
15 14 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
16 13 Ring Fit Adventure Nintendo
17 17 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild* Nintendo
18 4 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Activision Blizzard (Corp)
19 20 Super Mario Party* Nintendo
20 16 New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe* Nintendo

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

Top 10 best-selling Nintendo Switch games for October2020

Rank Last Month Rank October 2020 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales Publisher
1 NEW Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Nintendo
2 1 Super Mario 3D All-Stars* Nintendo
3 2 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
4 3 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe* Nintendo
5 5 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
6 4 Ring Fit Adventure Nintendo
7 7 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild* Nintendo
8 9 Super Mario Party* Nintendo
9 6 New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe* Nintendo
10 NEW Pikmin 3* Nintendo
* Digital sales not included

Top 10 best-selling PlayStation 4 games for October 2020

Rank Last Month Rank October 2020 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales Publisher
1 NEW FIFA 21 Electronic Arts
2 3 Madden NFL 21 Electronic Arts
3 NEW Watch Dogs: Legion Ubisoft
4 5 Ghost of Tsushima Sony (Corp)
5 NEW NHL 21 Electronic Arts
6 7 Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time Activision Blizzard (Corp)
7 6 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Activision Blizzard (Corp)
8 8 Star Wars: Squadrons Electronic Arts
9 4 NBA 2K21* Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
10 1 Marvel’s Avengers Square Enix Inc (Corp)
* Digital sales not included

Top 10 best-selling Xbox One games for October 2020

Rank Last Month Rank October 2020 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales Publisher
1 NEW FIFA 21 Electronic Arts
2 NEW Watch Dogs: Legion Ubisoft
3 2 Madden NFL 21 Electronic Arts
4 NEW NHL 21 Electronic Arts
5 6 Star Wars: Squadrons Electronic Arts
6 5 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Activision Blizzard (Corp)
7 8 Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time Activision Blizzard (Corp)
8 4 NBA 2K21* Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
9 1 Marvel’s Avengers Square Enix Inc (Corp)
10 3 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Activision Blizzard (Corp)
* Digital sales not included

Top 10 best-selling games of 2020 through October 2020

Rank Last Month Rank Year-to-Date Ending October 2020 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales Publisher
1 1 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Activision Blizzard (Corp)
2 2 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
3 4 Madden NFL 21 Electronic Arts
4 3 The Last of Us: Part II Sony (Corp)
5 5 Ghost of Tsushima Sony (Corp)
6 6 Final Fantasy VII: Remake Square Enix Inc (Corp)
7 7 Marvel’s Avengers Square Enix Inc (Corp)
8 10 Super Mario 3D All-Stars* Nintendo
9 11 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe* Nintendo
10 8 Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Bandai Namco Entertainment
* Digital sales not included

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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6 Comments
Jumpin (on 13 November 2020)

Mbappe looks like he dropped an anvil on his toe.

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Original (on 14 November 2020)

Among the top 20 video best seller 9 of them were Nintendo games and they didn't even release that many games as last year

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DitchPlaya (on 13 November 2020)

Does every single article need to have a Nintendo twist?

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Jumpin DitchPlaya (on 13 November 2020)

It's valid in this case, Nintendo won the month.

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Jumpin DitchPlaya (on 13 November 2020)

If there's anything wrong with the article, it should have led with a discussion about Nintendo's accomplishments, not Fifa.

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AFattyGamer (on 13 November 2020)

Why is the Microsoft Series X nor Sony PS5 having the main article selections? Like 9th gen literally dropped a few days ago and the main VGChartz articles are Switch, or Game Reviews related. Where's the PS5 Spider Man Miles Morales, Demon Souls main articles? Where's the Microsoft Series X heavy hitting Gamepass articles? Where's the potential sale estimates for Sony PS5 and Microsoft Series X and S? Come on VGChartz...

  • -7