Consumer spending on video games was not as bleak as it looks on the page. Gaming fans in the United States spent $1.03 billion on hardware, new full game software, and accessories, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. While this is down 34% from last October, 2018 was an outlier due to the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 and four weeks of Call of Duty sales.

October 2019 was actually above average, with strong sales performances from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, The Outer Worlds, and Luigi’s Mansion 3. Here are the full results:

October 2019 Dollar Sales Oct’18 Oct’19 Change
Total Video Game Sales $1.57b $1.03b -34%
Video Games Hardware $307m $182m -41%
PC & Video Games Software (PC, Console and Portable; Physical and Full Game Digital Formats from the STEAM, PlayStation and Xbox platforms) $983m $620m -22%
Video Games Accessories & Game Cards $277m $231m -4%

“October 2019 tracked spending across video game hardware, software, accessories, and game cards totaled $1.03 billion,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. “That’s the second highest total for an October month this decade, trailing only the record setting $1.57 billion in October 2018.”

While 2019 was mostly keeping pace with 2018 through September, the former was always going to fall behind the latter in October. Most years, including this one, don’t have a game like Red Dead Redemption 2. And Call of Duty: Black Ops IV launched in early October 2018. Modern Warfare, meanwhile, launched halfway through the NPD’s reporting period.

So as expected, 2019’s year-to-date sales are down significantly from the previous comparable period.

“Year-to-date spending across tracked video game hardware, software, accessories, and game cards has fallen 10 percent when compared to 2018, to $9.3 billion,” said Piscatella.

Let’s get to the software charts.

Software

NPD tracks physical sales at retailers, but it also gets digital data directly from publishers. But not every company participates. For example, Nintendo doesn’t share its first-party sales, and Activision Blizzard does not provide its Battle.net sales.

These charts are sorted by dollar sales — not number of units sold.

Top 20 best-selling games of October in the U.S.

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  2. The Outer Worlds
  3. Luigi’s Mansion 3*
  4. Madden NFL 20
  5. NBA 2K20
  6. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
  7. WWE 2K20
  8. FIFA 20
  9. Borderlands 3
  10. Ring Fit Adventure
  11. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening*
  12. Mario Kart 8*
  13. Minecraft#
  14. Grand Theft Auto V
  15. Mortal Kombat 11
  16. Overwatch
  17. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  18. Code Vein
  19. Red Dead Redemption II
  20. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*

* Digital sales not included
# Digital sales only include Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Again, the comparison to 2018 is rough, but Piscatella notes that this is one of the best-performing Octobers ever.

“Dollar sales of tracked video game software declined 37 percent in October versus a year ago, to $620 million,” said Piscatella. “Despite this decline, October 2019 tracked software sales represent the third highest total ever achieved for an October month, trailing only October 2008 and October 2018.”

For the whole year, the bright spot is software for Nintendo Switch.

“Year-to-date dollar sales of tracked video game software are down 7 percent, to $4.5 billion,” said Piscatella. “Gains in sales of Nintendo Switch software sales have been offset by declines across all other platforms.”

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

The latest Call of Duty is keeping that franchise’s momentum going strong.

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare debuts as the best-selling game of October 2019, and is now the best-selling game of 2019 year to date,” said Piscatella. “This is the 12th consecutive year a Call of Duty game has ranked as the best-selling game of its release month. Call of Duty remains the best-selling video game franchise in U.S. tracked history by dollar sales.”

Luigi’s Mansion 3

“Luigi’s Mansion 3 was the third best-selling game of October, while also being the month’s best-selling game on Nintendo Switch,”said Piscatella. “Luigi’s Mansion 3 set a new launch month franchise sales record, besting the previous high set by Luigi’s Mansion.”

Fighting games in 2019

“Year-to-date sales of fighting genre games are at an all-time high, with genre sales 11 percent higher than the previous year-to-date high set in 2015,” said Piscatella. “Both Mortal Kombat 11 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have significantly contributed to that success.”

The 10 best-selling games of 2019 so far

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  • NBA 2K20
  • Madden NFL 20
  • Borderlands 3
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  • Anthem
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  • Grand Theft Auto V

The 10 best-selling games of the last 12 months

  • Red Dead Redemption II
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII
  • NBA 2K20
  • Madden NFL 20
  • Borderlands 3
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • NBA 2K19
  • Battlefield V

Xbox One

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
  • Madden NFL 20
  • The Outer Worlds
  • NBA 2K20
  • Borderlands 3
  • WWE 2K20
  • FIFA 20
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Gears 5

PlayStation 4

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  • The Outer Worlds
  • NBA 2K20
  • Madden NFL 20
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
  • WWE 2K20
  • FIFA 20
  • Borderlands 3
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Grand Theft Auto V

Nintendo Switch

  • Luigi’s Mansion 3*
  • Ring Fit Adventure
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening*
  • Mario Kart 8*
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  • Overwatch
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt*
  • Super Mario Maker 2*
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*

Nintendo 3DS

  • Pokemon: Ultra Sun*
  • Pokemon: Ultra Moon*
  • Mario Kart 7*
  • Luigi’s Mansion*
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D*
  • Super Mario 3D Land*
  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon*
  • Super Mario Maker*
  • Super Smash Bros.*
  • Minecraft*