The analysts of the NPD Group have presented the current monthly report. October is of course a first forerunner for the Christmas business, so the industry can be happy: In the US, spending on video games and accessories increased by 16% compared to the same period last year.
The five-year-old Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware, thanks in part to its OLED model. And thanks to Metroid Dread too. It debuted at #3 of the best-selling games in a month with Far Cry 6 and Back 4 Blood taking the top two spots. Mario Part Superstars and Guardians of the Galaxy were also released in October.
At the same time, Metroid Dread had the best launch month in Metroid history. Based on physical sales, Metroid Dread has doubled the revenue of Metroid Prime, previously the best performer in its category.
And that in times when digital purchases are guaranteed to become more common than when Metroid Prime was released. In other words, Metroid Dread is a huge hit. Specific sales figures from Nintendo are still pending.
Update, November 12 at 4:40 PM: opposite the Washington Post Nintendo President Doug Bowser gave the specific number of 854,000 games sold in the United States. In addition, according to Doug Bowser, 711,000 switch devices were sold in October, of which 314,000 were OLED models.
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