September’s NPD numbers were finally revealed yesterday! To nobody’s surprise, the PlayStation 4 and Destiny topped the charts.
Sony confirmed that they were the industry leader in console sales for the ninth straight month last night on Twitter. PlayStation 4 sales saw a huge increase from August, tripling its sales.
Nintendo also boasted a strong month, increasing 3DS sales from August by 55 percent. They also stated that Wii U sales significantly went up compared to August, but did not provide any statistics.
So far, Microsoft has not commented on last month’s NPD numbers, but we will update the story once they have.
Here is the top ten best sellers at retail in the United States during September. Remember, this does not include digital sales or bundles. The order of consoles in parentheses are from bestselling to worst.
- Destiny (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
- Madden NFL 15 (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One)
- FIFA 15 (PS4, 360, PS3, Xbox One, Wii, Vita, 3DS)
- Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (3DS)
- Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- NHL 15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
- Minecraft (360, PS3)
- The Sims 4 (PC)
- Disney Infinity 2.0 (360, PS3, Wii U, PS4, Xbox One)
- Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (PS4, 360, PS3, Xbox One, PC)
I find it extremely interesting that digital and bundle sales are not included in this sort of thing. The fact that they aren’t means you have to take the lists, numbers, and announcements with a grain of salt because they are not the actual totals. Proof of that is that Destiny sold best standalone on Xbox One, but it broke nearly every sales record possible on PlayStation 4, who likely has more than double the consoles out in the wild by now. It’s also interesting that we don’t actually know how Minecraft did because this is only retail sales, which was only available digitally for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One during September. The PlayStation Blog revealed that Minecraft was the second best selling digital game last month, which would probably push it higher than seventh on the list above.
On another note — I am extremely interested to find out the updated total lifetime sales of each console. It’s strange that Microsoft has been reluctant to reveal any numbers since April.