It’s becoming a familiar story that repeats itself month after month: video game sales are sliding, but there are bright spots and better times ahead.

Last month, NBA2K20 hit stores, where it was welcomed by a massive consumer response, instantly becoming the year’s best-selling game and securing a spot in the record books with the most launch-month sales of any sports video game in history, surpassing the record set by its predecessor, NBA2K19.

According to the NPD Group, overall sales for the entire video game category — including hardware, software, and accessories — was $1.2 billion, an 8% decline versus last year. In terms of overall software sales, this September’s $732 million was a 4% decrease from the same period last year.

TOP 20 VIDEO GAME TITLES | SEPTEMBER 2019

  1. NBA 2K20 | Take 2 Interactive
  2. Borderlands 3 | Take 2 Interactive
  3. FIFA 20 | Electronic Arts
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening | Nintendo
  5. Madden NFL 20 | Electronic Arts
  6. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint | Ubisoft
  7. Gears 5 | Microsoft
  8. Code Vein | Bandai Namco Games
  9. NHL 20 | Electronic Arts
  10. Mario Kart 8 | Nintendo
  11. Minecraft | Multiple
  12. Grand Theft Auto V | Take 2 Interactive
  13. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate | Nintendo
  14. Spyro Reignited Trilogy | Activision Blizzard
  15. Red Dead Redemption II | Take 2 Interactive
  16. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege | Ubisoft
  17. Plants vs Zombies: Battle For Neighborville | Electronic Arts
  18. Marvel’s Spider-Man | Sony
  19. Catherine | Atlus
  20. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild | Nintendo

Year-to-date software sales are flat at $3.9 billion, and overall spending across video game hardware, software, accessories, and game cards is down 6% at $8.3 billion.

The biggest decrease is a 22% drop in hardware sales (a repeat of August), continuing the downward trend as we near the end of the cycle for current-generation systems and look ahead to the next-gen systems that will begin launching late next year. Gains continue for Nintendo Switch, which is the best-selling system of the year.

With big titles in the pipeline for fall, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and new installments of the Pokémon franchise, the gaming industry should see a bit of a boost moving into the holiday season.