October 2011 NPD: Battlefield 3 takes top spot, Batman close behind, 360 the top console

November has already been such a beast for game releases and we haven’t even hit the gaming Ragnarok of November 15, so you might have forgotten October was a pretty wild month for games too. Today the NPD group released sales for October and while we weren’t too shocked by the results, it at least highlighted what a huge month it was. And if we had to pick one winner for the month, it seems to be the 360.

Here’s the top 10 for software:

1. Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC)
2. Batman: Arkham City (360, PS3)
3. NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, PSP, Wii, PS2, PC)
4. Rage (360, PS3, PC)
5. Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360)
6. Dark Souls (PS3, 360)
7. Madden NFL 12 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP)
8. Forza Motorsport 4 (360)
9. Gears of War 3 (360)
10. FIFA Soccer 12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, 3DS)

Those positions are based on sales for every edition of the game and given what we already knew about Battlefield 3 and Batman sales we expected to see those two in the top spot. NBA 2K12 in third was a little more of unpredictable despite us loving it; perhaps those sales were spurred by sadness at the prospect of no real NBA games. Rage beat Just Dance 3, which we’re betting the folks at id are pretty happy about right now, and Dark Souls is looking about as good with sales as early news predicted.

Then there’s the hardware chart:

Xbox 360 - 393,000
3DS – More than 250,000
PS3 - 250,000 (estimate)
Wii - 250,000
NDS - 180,000

Those Nintendo numbers come from our previous sales story, while Microsoft proudly tweeted its winning numbers. Sony was less open, so don’t take those PS3 numbers as total fact, and PSP’s sales are a mystery. As you may have noticed, Microsoft is all over both lists, as each game in the top ten had a 360 SKU. Since November features exclusives like Uncharted 3 and Super Mario 3D Land we doubt this trend will repeat, and October seemed to be a good month for everyone, but if a winner must be declared for some, October was Microsoft’s.


  • Hig1134 - November 14, 2011 6:54 a.m.

    Here's the actual numbers from VGChartz: Americas for October, 2011 X360 480,038 (+18%) 33,831,426 PS3 333,703 (-4%) 21,233,296 Wii 325,267 (-0%) 42,303,353 3DS 305,142 (-) 2,136,735 DS 134,838 (-67%) 56,152,563 PSP 72,285 (-42%) 22,549,111 PS2 59,588 (-22%) 56,221,047 Worldwide for October, 2011 PS3 1,059,080(+4%) 55,044,694 3DS 870,542 (-) 6,437,533 X360 854,604 (+15%) 57,631,417 Wii 677,991 (-7%) 89,255,651 PSP 378,465 (-23%) 70,736,860 DS 325,708 (-70%) 149,206,254 PS2 139,116 (-47%) 144,258,534
  • PanaMusica - November 13, 2011 7:35 p.m.

    BF3 is great, MW3 is good. Just b/c he is a sick drunk does not mean Antista is wrong.
  • KGFan - November 13, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    Great to see that the 3DS is gaining momentum. With Super Mario 3D Land out now, I'm sure the sales numbers for the platform will be phenomenally higher.
  • thewulfen - November 12, 2011 1:54 p.m.

    Yeah, this list makes sense. November should be interesting to see once those numbers come out.
  • spideralex90 - November 12, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    Unfortunately I can tell you that MW3 will be atop the list for November.
  • IamTheBalance - November 12, 2011 8:35 a.m.

    I was one of the few people who actually got a 3ds when it came out. Glad to see its now reaching good sales numbers.
  • Unoriginal username - November 12, 2011 8:11 a.m.

    How do you like my icon, Henry
  • Xerxes667 - November 12, 2011 7:40 a.m.

    was it a mistake to transfer my Gamestop Pre-order from Skyrim to AC Revelations? i guess i could always get Skyrim later....
  • inkyspot - November 12, 2011 4:55 a.m.

    I am curious to see when they put Saints, Uncharted, Skyward Sword, and Skyrim in there.
  • UberNoob - November 11, 2011 11:21 p.m.

    Seeing the top games, I am not surprised...except by the fact Just Dance 3 actually made a spot on the list. WTF?
  • D0CCON - November 13, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    Just Dance actually sells like hotcakes. It's one of the very few third party Wii titles that always sells amazingly well. The fact that this one was on 360 as well only helped.
  • austinracer999 - November 11, 2011 11:16 p.m.

    Im surprised that just dance 3 did good
  • D0CCON - November 11, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    Can't say I'm surprised with the game numbers, but way to go 3DS for being the second best seller! Others may have written you off, but I still have faith (and I'm getting SM3DL on Sunday if I can pull myself away from Skyrim for 30 minutes)

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