NPD Results for October 2014 Shows Smash Bros. 3DS at Number 2

The consumers have spoken, and they choose Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Reported by Venture Beat, the NPD results for October 2014 confirmed that the latest installment of Smash Bros. is quite popular, charting at number 2 in the Top 10 (behind NBA 2K13). Nintendo also confirmed that the title, a game on a single platform up against multi-platform titles, has sold 1.2 million copies in the United States. That number is sure to grow as we continue into the holidays, boosted by the accompanying Wii U installment releasing in one week from today. Nintendo also says that out of that total, 485,000 copies were sold digitally.

The Top 10 games sold for October included:

1. NBA 2K15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
2. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS)
3. The Evil Within (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC)
4. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (360, PS3, PC)
5. Destiny (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
6. Skylanders: Trap Team (360, Wii, Wii U, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, 3DS, mobile)
7. FIFA 15 (PS4, 360, PS3, Xbox One, Wii, PS Vita, 3DS)
8. Madden NFL 15 (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One)
9. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4, XBox One, PC)
10. Minecraft (360, PS3, PS4)

Notice that Skylanders: Trap Team did well on Nintendo platforms. The Wii and Wii U editions sold best just under the Xbox 360 version (and yes, the original Wii version sold better of the two). Unfortunately, Wii U-exclusive Bayonetta 2 failed to chart for the month at all. Also of note, Nintendo did not release any hardware figures (specifically for the Wii U, a telling sign), only indicating that hardware sales were up 47% in ten months versus the same time last year, and its software sales were up a whopping 84% (no doubt thanks to Mario Kart 8). November will undoubtedly bring better news with the launch of Smash Bros. on Wii U.

What are your thoughts on this past month’s NPD results?

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