October NPD: Master Chief leads Xbox One to victory

There's very little that Master Chief can't do and his latest feat involves taking the Xbox One and leading it to an October victory over PlayStation 4.

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After falling to Sony for several months, Microsoft called in the big guns and the guns don't get much bigger than Halo. Master Chief helped propel Xbox One to the top spot in the October NPD hardware charts. The contrast between Xbox One consoles sold in October 2015 to October of last year is staggering, with this year selling 81 percent more year over year. Much of this can be credited to the Halo 5 Xbox One bundle that comes with a 1TB hard drive, doubling the storage of its previous models.

The dominance clearly spread to the software charts, where Halo 5: Guardians obliterated its competition. NBA 2K16 was sent down to second place, while the new Assassin's Creed: Syndicate rounded out the top three. Madden NFL 16 and WWE 2K16 followed, while only three other new releases charted and those came in the bottom three. They are Yoshi's Wooly World, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, and Rock Band 4. Guitar Hero Live just missed at #11, but with its higher selling point ranks #6 in terms of dollars made. Super Mario Maker also missed the top 10, but does rank up there on a SKU-basis.

Next month's charts should be interesting to see, because while Master Chief sits on top now, there's a nuclear explosion looming and the 'Fallout' could be intriguing.

October Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms incl. PC; new releases in bold)

  • Halo 5: Guardians (XBO)
  • NBA 2K16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
  • Assassin's Creed: Syndicate (PS4, XBO)
  • Madden NFL 16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
  • WWE 2K16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
  • FIFA 16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
  • Destiny: The Taken King (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
  • Yoshi's Wooly World (NWU)
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
  • Rock Band 4 (XBO, PS4)
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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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    November 12, 2015 4:43 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, October NPD: Master Chief leads Xbox One to victory

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      November 13, 2015 12:11 AM

      Super Mario Maker also missed the top 10, but does rank up there on a SKU-basis

      So what does that mean?

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        November 13, 2015 12:12 AM

        like if they didn't add the platforms together for multi-platform games, you mean?

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          November 13, 2015 12:59 AM

          Yeah, they used to do it by game on specific platform. Now they base everything on combined platform sales.

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            November 13, 2015 1:10 AM

            ah, interesting

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            November 13, 2015 4:58 PM

            I'd like to see the breakdown of where the sales are going, but at the end of the day there's not any real difference between CoD between platforms.

            I find it stranger that Smash 3DS and SmashU are counted as the same game when they're pretty different. Good effort on Nintendo for getting them so close though.

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      November 13, 2015 5:17 AM

      Good to see game sales are moving well, even before CoD and Fallout hit.