In the month before the new console generation, games hardware and accessories spending nonetheless saw new records set in the US.
Total games spending for October reached $3.8 billion, up 14% year-over-year, according to The NPD Group. This was largely driven by growth in the aforementioned hardware and accessories, as well as mobile and subscription services.
Hardware specifically saw 41% year-over-year growth to $259 million thanks to Nintendo Switch sales, which not only were the second-best October unit sales for a console in the US, they also set a new dollar sales record for the month, surpassing the previous record set by the Wii in 2008.
(This is because while the Wii still holds the unit sales record, it cost $50 less than the Switch, thus bringing in less revenue despite selling around 70,000 units more in the same month).
Accessories spending set an October record overall, up 23% year-over-year to $148 million, with gamepad spending alone also achieving a new record for the month.
And in software, overall sales reached $3.43 billion, up 12% year-over-year, with FIFA 21 topping the charts in its launch month as the first time a FIFA franchise release reached No.1 in the US.
Watch Dogs: Legion debuted at No.3 under Madden NFL 21, despite only launching three days before the end of tracking for the month. It was followed by NHL 21 at No.4, which saw the highest launch month sales for an NHL game since NHL 16 in 2015.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit debuted at No.5 and was the best-selling game on Nintendo platforms. Overall, nine of the top 20 games for the month were