NPD: 2019 Is a Record Year for Fighting Game Sales

NPD: 2019 Is a Record Year for Fighting Game Sales

Still, Modern Warfare dominated October and the year.

The big news out of October is that Call of Duty, once again, has come out on top. NPD's video game sales report for last month confirms that Modern Warfare has already become the best selling game of 2019 so far, and kept the Call of Duty's chart topping in its release month streak alive for a twelfth year running.

Call of Duty's continued dominance isn't the only takeaway from October, though. NPD analyst Mat Piscatella highlights two other intriguing stats: First, driven largely by Mortal Kombat 11's dominant performance in late Spring and steady sales of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, 2019 has broken the previous record for year-to-date fighting game sales.

Second, the PlayStation 4 is now the third fastest-selling home console of all time behind the Wii and PlayStation 2. Just last month, the PlayStation 4 crossed 102.8 million units sold, putting it in second place on the list of all-time best selling consoles.

Here's the top 10 for October, sorted by console and ordered first through tenth:

Overall Top 10 Games For October 2019

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Luigi's Mansion 3*
  • Madden NFL 20
  • NBA 2K20
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
  • WWE 2K20
  • FIFA 20
  • Borderlands 3
  • Ring Fit Adventure

Top 10 PS4 Games For October 2019

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • The Outer Worlds
  • NBA 2K20
  • Madden NFL 20
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
  • WWE 2K20
  • FIFA 20
  • Borderlands 3
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Grand Theft Auto V

Top 10 Xbox One Games For October 2019

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
  • Madden NFL 20
  • The Outer Worlds
  • NBA 2K20
  • Borderlands 3
  • WWE 2K20
  • FIFA 20
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Gears 5

Top 10 Nintendo Switch Games For October 2019

  • Luigi's Mansion 3*
  • Ring Fit Adventure
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening*
  • Mario Kart 8*
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  • Overwatch
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt*
  • Super Mario Maker 2*
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*

*-Digital Sales not included.

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