NPD October 2019 Report: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, The Outer Worlds, and Luigi’s Mansion 3 Lead the Charge

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The October 2019 NPD report for the US video game market is in and we have all the details about what the top selling hardware and software for the month were.

Total spending for the month reached $1.03 billion which was down 34% when compared to $1.57 billion the market made in October 2018. Given that Red Dead Redemption 2 launched last October it’s probably not too big of a surprise to see spending down a bit this year. Despite that, this was still the second best October for spending this generation only trailing October 2018.

Hardware spending was down a lot this past month coming in at $182 million which is down 41% when compared to $307 million in October 2018. Software spending across consoles and PC was $620 million which was down 22% from the $983 million the market made in October 2018.

The Nintendo Switch was once again the best selling hardware for the month of October 2019 both in unit sales and dollar sales. It is still the best selling console year-to-date and also the only console to have sales gains both in October and on the year.

The software charts for October saw Call of Duty: Modern Warfare take the top spot for the month. The game has also instantly become the best selling game of 2019 in that short period. The Outer Worlds was the second best selling game in October which is really good for a brand new IP and even more so because it was available on Xbox Game Pass.

Coming in at No.3 was Luigi’s Mansion 3 from Nintendo. It was the best selling Nintendo Switch title for the month and set a new launch month franchise sales record beating out both of the prior titles in the franchise.

Below you can see the full top 20 selling games for the month of October 2019 as well as the top 10 selling games on each platform, the top 10 selling games of 2019 year-to-date and the top 1o selling games over the past 12 months.

Top 20 best-selling games of October in the U.S.

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  2. The Outer Worlds
  3. Luigi’s Mansion 3*
  4. Madden NFL 20
  5. NBA 2K20
  6. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
  7. WWE 2K20
  8. FIFA 20
  9. Borderlands 3
  10. Ring Fit Adventure
  11. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening*
  12. Mario Kart 8*
  13. Minecraft#
  14. Grand Theft Auto V
  15. Mortal Kombat 11
  16. Overwatch
  17. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  18. Code Vein
  19. Red Dead Redemption II
  20. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*

* Digital sales not included
# Digital sales only include Xbox One and PlayStation 4

The 10 best-selling games of 2019 so far

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  • NBA 2K20
  • Madden NFL 20
  • Borderlands 3
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  • Anthem
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  • Grand Theft Auto V

The 10 best-selling games of the last 12 months

  • Red Dead Redemption II
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII
  • NBA 2K20
  • Madden NFL 20
  • Borderlands 3
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • NBA 2K19
  • Battlefield V

Xbox One

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  • 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

PlayStation 4

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  • 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

Nintendo Switch

  • 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*

Nintendo 3DS

  • Pokemon: Ultra Sun*
  • Pokemon: Ultra Moon*
  • Mario Kart 7*
  • Luigi’s Mansion*
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D*
  • Super Mario 3D Land*
  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon*
  • Super Mario Maker*
  • Super Smash Bros.*
  • Minecraft*
Justin Oneil
One of Head Writers and PR here on ThisGenGaming.com. I've been playing games for over 20 years now and play everything from AAA blockbusters to Indie games. You can find me on all the current consoles and on my twitter account.
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Justin Oneil

One of Head Writers and PR here on ThisGenGaming.com. I've been playing games for over 20 years now and play everything from AAA blockbusters to Indie games. You can find me on all the current consoles and on my twitter account.