September NPD: Destiny #1, PS4 Proves Pachter Wrong
As if you didn't see this one coming.
Activision's latest blockbuster, Destiny, owned the U.S. sales charts in September, according to the NPD results.
The game was #1 in new, physical software sales and once again, the PlayStation 4 led the next-gen charge. Sony also confirmed that PS4 was the most popular platform for playing Destiny, and all of this proves analyst Michael Pachter wrong, as he expected the Xbox One to outsell Sony's machine during September.
Hardware sales jumped 136 percent to $432.7 million, well up from the $183.4 million posted in September 2013. Of course, it's important to remember that the PS4 and Xbox One wren't out yet at this time last year. Software sales were down 36 percent year-over-year (from $754 million to $481.2 million), but the NPD reminded us that Grand Theft Auto V released in September 2013, which really skews the numbers. Added NPD analyst Liam Callahan:
"The launch of Activision-published and Bungie-developed Destiny in September 2014 proved successful in a number of ways: year-to-date through September data it is the top-selling video game on a unit basis, making it the most successful launch of the year so far as well. But an even more prestigious feat was the fact that Destiny had the best launch month of all-time for any new IP in video game software."
Here's the top 10 list for the month, and remember that this only includes physical copies. The NPD doesn't yet have a way to track digital sales but if they're going to continue to be accurate in the future, they had best figure it out.
- Madden NFL 15
- FIFA 15
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
- Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
- NHL 15
- The Sims 4
- Disney Infinity 2.0
- Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
Related Game(s): Destiny
10/16/2014 9:41:16 PM Ben Dutka