After relinquishing its crown to the PlayStation 5 in September, the Switch immediately reclaims its favorite leadership spot thanks to the launch of the OLED model and reinforcements from Metroid Dread and Mario Party Superstars. The Switch is therefore the best-selling console in October, whether in volume (the number of consoles sold) or in value (the turnover). Since the start of 2021, the Switch has also dominated the debates in volume, while the PlayStation 5 keeps the lead in value. Exceptionally, Nintendo even gives us a number: the manufacturer therefore sold 711,000 Switch in October 2021, including 314,000 OLED Switch.
Besides the release of the OLED model, Nintendo is benefiting from the release of Metroid Dread, which unsurprisingly achieves the best start in franchise history by far. Without even including the sales made on the eShop, the turnover of the game is almost double that of Metroid Prime for its launch month, which was released in November 2002 on a slightly less popular console. Metroid Dread logically stands out as the best-selling game on Switch for the month of October ahead of Mario Party Superstars. Again, Nintendo shares the full sales figure through The Verge : downloads included, Metroid Dread has sold 854,000 copies across the Atlantic, well ahead of the 360,000 sales of Metroid Prime on GameCube.
The biggest release of the month, however, goes to Far Cry 6 Ubisoft, which moved directly into the top 10 best-selling games since the start of the year. The game is ahead Back 4 Blood, which has as a reminder gathered more than 6 million players including Xbox Game Pass subscribers. For the record, the previous headline from Turtle Rock Studios, Evolve, was also placed second when it was released in February 2015 but did not have a brilliant career so far.
Demon Slayer stronger than Guardians of the Galaxy
Quickly distributed to more than a million copies worldwide, Demon Slayer : The Hinokami Chronicles shone in the United States as evidenced by his presence in the top 5. Mat Piscatella of the NPD has also confirmed that the performance of the game is at the top of the basket when compared to the launches of the games Naruto shippuden from the same studio. The good deal for Sega which took care of publishing the Aniplex game all over the world except in Japan.
Another big new release, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy appears in 7th position and clearly does not perform the same launch as a Marvel’s Avengers, which was the best seller for its September 2020 release, but Eidos Montreal’s game goals are not necessarily the same either. Square Enix has not yet commented on the start of the game. Tales of Arise, Deathloop, Life is Strange : True Colors, WarioWare : Get It Together and Sonic Colors Ultimate all quickly bowed out.
Spending on mobile games still exceeded $ 2 billion in October. Candy Crush Saga, Garena Free Fire, Roblox, Coin Master, Pokémon GO, Call of Duty Mobile, Homescapes, Lords Mobile, Clash Royale and Genshin Impact are among the best performing titles on this platform.
Finally, the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller is the accessory that generated the most money in October, while the white DualSense controller remains the best-selling accessory since the start of the year.