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Switch was the best-selling console in the US in October, and Metroid Dread sets new franchise record

Update, 11/12/2021, 10:47 a.m. EST:

In a rare moment of financial candor, if you will, Nintendo released some official numbers on sales of Switch consoles, Metroid Dread, and more in October.

In a new interview with The Washington PostNintendo of America President Doug Bowser announced that the company had sold 711,000 Switch consoles in the United States in October. Of those 711,000, Bowser says, 314,000 of them were the recently released OLED model. He also revealed that many of the Switch units sold were bought by people who already owned one and upgraded to the OLED or bought another for someone else.

The Metroid Dread-front sold 854,000 copies in October, and Bowser says this is the best Metroid launch in the series’ history.

The original story of last month’s NPD numbers goes below …


Original story, 11/12/2021, 10:31 am EST:

Nintendo had a really great October if you judge US sales.

The NPD Group released its monthly update today, and it turned out that the Switch was the top-selling console for October in the US, in both units and dollars. That’s probably due to the excitement surrounding the new OLED model of the console released last month and the launch of new first-party games like Mario Party Superstars and Metroid Dread. Speaking of dread, it was a great October too.

“US NPD SW – Metroid Dread debuted as number 3 of the best-selling game in October and also took 1st place on the Switch,” writes Mat Piscatella of the NPD in a tweet. “Metroid Dread had the highest month of sales of any Metroid franchise release in tracked history.”

Dread’s physical dollar sales have also “nearly doubled over previous franchise bestseller, Metroid Prime,” according to Piscatella. Congratulations Metroid fans – you did it. Now let’s hope Nintendo sees this as a sign that the Metroid games are still to come.

Elsewhere in today’s NPD report, the Switch tops consoles in units sold for 2021, but the PlayStation 5 remains the best-selling hardware platform for 2021 in terms of annual sales. This makes sense considering the PS5 costs at least $ 400 (for the digital edition) while the most expensive switch – the OLED model – costs $ 350.

In terms of games, Far Cry 6 debuted as the best-selling game in October, and Piscatella writes on Twitter that it “instantly” became the eighth best-selling game of the year. Behind that, Back 4 Blood was the second best-selling game in October and Dread was third.

Other new releases this month also did well. For example, Eidos-Montreal’s Guardians of the Galaxy debuted as the seventh best-selling game in October, with less than a week in the October market. Nintendo’s Mario Party Superstars debuted in eighth place with even less time after being released just two days before the end of October.

Despite the October numbers, Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War remains the best-selling game of 2021 – it came as the twelfth best-selling game in October. It is followed by Madden NFL 22, the fourth best-selling game of the last month. Here are the entire top 10 best-selling games this year:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War
  2. Madden NFL 22
  3. MLB: The Show 21
  4. Resident Evil: Village
  5. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
  6. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  7. Mario kart 8
  8. Far Cry 6
  9. Minecraft
  10. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

For more information, see the Metroid: Dread Review by Game Informer, then the Far Cry 6 Review by Game Informer. After that, be sure to check out Game Informer’s Switch OLED review.


What was your favorite game released in October? Let us know in the comments below!



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