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October Console Game Sales: Fable 2 Tops the Charts

Sales-tracking research group NPD has released its analysis of US console hardware and software sales for October 2008, revealing Lionhead's open-world action-RPG Fable II (360) as the month's best-selling game.

Meanwhile, Ubisoft's Far Cry 2 did not make the list despite showing a strong debut on the PC, while EA's Dead Space barely squeaked onto the list in the 10th position.

The top ten U.S. console games in October, according to NPD, were:

  1. Fable II (Lionhead, Xbox 360) - 790,000 units
  2. Wii Fit (Nintendo, Wii) - 487,000 units
  3. Fallout 3 (Bethesda, Xbox 360) - 375,000 units
  4. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii) - 290,000 units
  5. Wii Play (Nintendo, Wii) - 282,000 units
  6. Saints Row 2 (Volition, Xbox 360) - 270,000 units
  7. SOCOM Confrontation (Slant Six, PS3) - 231,000 units
  8. LittleBigPlanet (Media Molecule, PS3) - 215,000 units
  9. NBA 2K9 (Visual Concepts, Xbox 360) - 202,000 units
  10. Dead Space (EA Redwood Shores, Xbox 360) - 193,000 units

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

From The Chatty
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    November 13, 2008 3:47 PM

    I remember watching an interview before the season began where some industry experts had to list their predicted Hits and Misses, one suggested Fable 2 would be the big flop of the year.

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      November 13, 2008 4:20 PM

      I'm of two minds on that one. I rented Fable 2 and I enjoyed it, but I just couldn't bring myself to buy it looking at all the other titles that were coming out a week or two after it. I really wanted to pick it up, but I just couldn't bring myself to spend the $60, and now I'm glad that I didn't because I wouldn't touch it now because I have other games that are calling to be more.

      I'm really impressed that Fallout 3 did about 1/2 the numbers that Fable 2 did. FO3 was out 3 days before the end of the month. F2 was out for over two weeks before the end of the month. Factoring in the other platforms for FO3 in those 3 days I'm sure they got pretty close to F2's numbers.

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      November 13, 2008 5:31 PM

      What were the big flops of this year?

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      November 13, 2008 9:26 PM

      There was no way Fable 2 would be a flop in the sales department...just too much interest in it for it to fail in that respect.

      I would argue it is a flop on delivering for the hype though. Yahtzee nailed it in his review for Zero Punctuation. Sure it sold a lot but I think a lot of people think it's just a so so game.

      Fable 2 has taken a back seat to Fallout 3 for me...I'm much more interested in the Fallout 3 world than the Fable 2 world (I did not play the previous titles of either franchise)...I've only scratched the surface of it's content so far. Fable 2 it seems like I was pretty much done with it after about a week of play. I've been playing Fallout 3 pretty much non-stop since I got it on release day.

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