Software sales down 3 percent over same period last year.
Despite being out for a few days at the end of the month, 343 Industries’ Halo 5: Guardians topped software sales in the United States according to the NPD’s report for October 2015. This isn’t counting digital sales as usual.
Interestingly software sales were at $337.7 million compared to October 2014 which were at $349.9, indicating a 3 percent decline. NPD analyst Liam Callahan said this indicated that “hardware as console sales were offset by a 42 percent decline in portable sales. While console sales were up a modest 1 percent, 8th generation consoles had a strong month with 62 percent growth over October 2014 while 7th generation console sales dropped by 63 percent–higher than the year-to-date decrease in sales of 51 percent.
“Another cause for the decrease in October new physical sales was the 4 percent decrease in dollar sales for new launches. New launch weakness, coupled with a 5 percent drop in the performance of Q3 launches, led to the overall category decline of 3 percent.”
Other new titles included NBA 2K16 (2nd place), Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (3rd place), WWE 2K16 (5th place), Yoshi’s Wooly World (8th place), Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (9th place) and Rock Band 4 (10th place).