October NPD: Nintendo Switch & Super Mario Odyssey Shine, Wolfenstein Falters

October was a great month for Nintendo. Not so much for Bethesda.


The October NPD report has brought some early holiday joy to console hardware manufacturers and most game developers. Nintendo has come out of the month as the big winners. The Nintendo Switch has come out of the month as the best-selling console, ahead of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This is despite the console remaining a hard-to-find commodity. Hardware sales are up year-to-year from last October, mainly on the strength of the Switch.

Software-wise, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor tops the physical sales list for the month of October. However, with only the final five days of the month on the market, both Assassin's Creed Origins and Super Mario Odyssey came in fierce, finishing at the #2 and #3 slots respectively. Odyssey's place on the list, in particular, is a jaw-dropper, given its place as a console exclusive. It is the third-best launch for a Mario game in the company's history, behind New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario Galaxy, both of which released on the Wii to its historically massive install base. Ubisoft also has plenty to celebrate, with Origins and South Park: The Fractured But Whole taking the #2 and #4 spots, respectively.

October proved to be a strong month for sports games, with NBA 2K18, FIFA 18, WWE 2K18, and Madden NFL 18 taking up the #5 through #8 slots. According to the NPD Group, racing game sales are also up year-to-year, thanks to Forze Motorsport 7 and Gran Turismo Sport.

As for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, I'd like to shine a spotlight on this tweet:

With that in mind, Wolfenstein II finished out of the top 10 entirely, lagging in at the #14 spot. October was a disappointing month for Bethesda, as a whole. Its other high-profile title, The Evil Within, finished just ahead of Wolfenstein at #13.

October 2017 Top 20 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales; new releases in bold

  • Middle Earth: Shadow of War (Warner Bros. Interactive)
  • Assassin's Creed: Origins (Ubisoft)
  • Super Mario Odyssey** (Nintendo)
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Ubisoft)
  • NBA 2K18
  • FIFA 18
  • WWE 2K18
  • Madden NFL 18
  • Destiny 2**
  • Forza Motorsport 7
  • Gran Turismo Sport
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • The Evil Within 2**
  • Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus**
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild**
  • Mario Kart 8**
  • Fire Emblem: Warriors**
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  • NHL 18
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege

(** - Digital sales not included in ranking)

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    November 16, 2017 5:25 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, October NPD: Nintendo Switch & Super Mario Odyssey Shine, Wolfenstein Falters

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      November 16, 2017 5:26 PM

      Not looking good for ole BJ...

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        November 16, 2017 5:27 PM

        Dat Bethesda PR and marketing for non-Elder Scroll and Fallout games tho...

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        November 16, 2017 5:44 PM


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        November 16, 2017 6:13 PM

        Wolfenstein has lasting value. The Witcher, et. al., still show up on charts years after after release. Bethesda will make their money back in due time. People just need to stop thinking of game sales like they were box office returns.

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      November 16, 2017 5:39 PM

      Whoever decided to release wolfenstein on one of the most crowded weeks in gaming this year deserves a spanking.

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        November 16, 2017 5:54 PM

        Yeah 10/27 was Mario Odyssey day. Releasing any other game that day is a dumb idea. Still, 4 days of the month isn't a fair comparison to conclude that Wolf bombed. I already knew I was going to buy it, just not in October.

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          November 16, 2017 6:00 PM

          4 days of the month were enough for Assassin's Creed and Mario to perform really well though. Aren't sales of SP-only games typically front-loaded, or will it bounce back in November despite facing more competition?

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            November 16, 2017 6:05 PM

            I am stunned that AC Origins has sold as well as it has, though I do hear it's actually good.

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              November 16, 2017 6:09 PM

              It would seem that taking a year off really helped the series.

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          November 16, 2017 6:06 PM

          Maybe they thought since the Switch isn’t in ubiquitous supply (or at least it wasn’t when they made the call) that Mario Odyssey wouldn’t be as much of a threat.

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            November 16, 2017 6:10 PM

            There was also AssCreed Origins, Destiny 2, South Park, Shadow of war, cod ww2, etc all releasing within 2 weeks of its release date.

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        November 17, 2017 4:57 AM

        It could also be a patient gamer effect, people who don't buy single player games on release and wait for a deep sale

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      November 16, 2017 6:08 PM

      For me, wolf just looked boring. It just didn't have that catch that made me want the game.

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      November 16, 2017 6:16 PM

      no digital sales included in these numbers for those who skipped that important detail

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