Game Sales Bring in $1.1B for October, Wii Retakes Hardware Charts

NPD has kept its word and released gaming sales numbers for October, revealing game-related revenues of $1.1 billion for the month, a 73 percent year-over-year increase.

Hardware sales brought the biggest increase with growth of 127 percent over last year to $469.7 million. The console sales were led by Nintendo's Wii, which reclaimed its spot atop the hardware sales charts after the Xbox 360's Halo 3-related sales spike last month.

Nintendo actually took the top two hardware spots, with the Wii selling 519,000 units and the portable DS moving 458,000. Microsoft's Xbox 360 came in at a respectable third with 366,000 units sold, followed by Sony's PlayStation family with 286,000 PSP sales, 184,000 PS2 sales, and 121,000 PS3 sales.

On the software side, Bungie's Halo 3 (X360) still topped the charts when considering all editions of the game, but the various versions of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (PC, PS2, PS3, Wii, X360) showed up in four places in the top 10 best-selling games of the month, with all versions of the game selling 1.4 million copies total.

Look below for the full list of top-10 software sales.

  1. Halo 3 [all editions] (X360, Bungie, Microsoft) 434,000 units
  2. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Bundle (X360, Neversoft, Activision) 383,000 units
  3. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Bundle (Wii, Vicarious Visions, Activision) 286,000 units
  4. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Bundle (PS2, Budcat, Activision) 271,000 units
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (NDS, Nintendo) 263,000 units
  6. Wii Play with Wii Remote (Wii, Nintendo) 240,000 units
  7. The Orange Box (X360, Valve, EA) 238,000 units
  8. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (PS2, Budcat, Activision) 232,000 units
  9. FIFA 08 (PS2, EA Canada, EA) 130,000 units
  10. Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day! (NDS, Nintendo) 117,000 units