Total video game sales for the 5-week period from Aug. 28 through Oct. 1 are $838.2 million, a 23 percent decrease from this period last year, according to The NPD Group. Video game hardware also declined 25 percent from this time last year, decreasing from $311.7 million to $234.3 million. Video Games software decreased from $453.4 million from $581.1 million last year, down 22 percent.
“The release of the PS4 Slim and the second month of the Xbox One S was not enough to stimulate total hardware spending and this month’s new software releases, NBA 2K17, FIFA 17, NHL 17 and Forza Horizon 3 could not compete with last year’s stronger slate of new games which included NBA 2K16, FIFA 16,NHL 16, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Destiny: The Taken King, Mad Max, Disney Infinity 3.0, and Super Mario Maker for the Wii U,” says NPD’s Video Game Analyst, Sam Naji.
While video games accessories also saw a decrease by 27 percent, from $179.5 million last year to 130.8 million this year, PC Games software increased 3 percent from $19.3 million last year to 19.8 million this year.
The Top 10 Games across all platforms by dollar sales are NBA 2K17, Madden NFL 17, FIFA 17, NHL 17, Bioshock: The Collection, Destiny: The Collection,Grand Theft Auto V, Overwatch, Forza Horizon 3, and Call of Duty: Black Ops III.