Far Cry 6 tops software charts, while the Nintendo Switch, which has seen its new Switch OLED model hit the market, led hardware sales during a record October for US games industry sales figures.
Consumer spending across video game hardware, content, and accessories hit $4.4 billion last month, which was up 16% compared to a year earlier, according to market research firm the NPD Group. Far Cry 6, which is the latest entry in Ubisoft’s open-world FPS series, was October’s best-selling game, and is already the eighth best-selling title of 2021 to date, said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. It’s hardly surprising that Far Cry 6 tops charts so well, considering the reputation the Far Cry name carries.
The PS5 had recently dethroned the Nintendo Switch as the top-selling console back in September, ending its 33-month run. Nintendo however has reclaimed that top market spot in October, which can be mainly attributed to the release of the new Switch OLED model, significantly boosting the sales numbers for the home console.
The PS5 however is still ever-increasingly successful, with Sony‘s console still remaining the leader in regards to dollar sales, however, the Nintendo Switch and its various models are still leading in actual units sold on the market.
In regards to the game charts, Back 4 Blood and its zombie-slaying goodness made second place behind Far Cry 6, seeing strong numbers since its release. Behind this was the newly released Metroid Dread, which has seen the highest launch month sales of any franchise release in NPD tracked history. It was a major success for Nintendo, a company at the spearhead of many successes.
If you missed our recent review on Far Cry 6, feel free to check out our thoughts on the game here.
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