September NPD Sales Report: Video Games Still Sell


Latest news from the September NPD sales report: People are still buying video games and companies are still selling them. Who could have seen it coming?

All kidding aside, the most notable element of the month is that the PlayStation 5 has dominated unit sales, shattering a Nintendo Switch streak that has lasted almost two years, since December 2019. Considering the release of the Switch model OLED this month, the Switch will likely bounce back for October, but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.

Software side, September was the month for the annual sports game releases (FIFA and NBA 2k), so those sales numbers dominated alongside Madden from last month. It’s been a relatively quiet month for Nintendo, with no Switch exclusives in the overall Top 10 sales and only three full-fledged new titles. Top 10, including two cross-platforms (Diablo II: Resurrected and Sonic Colors: Ultimate).

If there is a modest success, it is that of WarioWare: Get It Together! Which has recorded the best-selling franchise since Smooth Moves of 2007. It came in second in the Switch charts, only falling behind the perpetual sale of Mario Kart 8. The rest of the Top 10 had some familiar titles: Smash Bros. Ultimate, Animal Crossing New Horizons, Pokémon Sword & Shield… nothing fancy.

We’ll be sure to come back next month with more exciting revenue data. Until then, know that video games are still in the making, and still in the process of being sold.


Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official whereabouts.



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