Despite increasingly intense competition, the PlayStation 4 remains the best-selling console in the United States year-to-date – but it’s going to be clinging on by its fingernails as we sprint towards the business end of the year. Nintendo Switch was the top platform once again for the month of October, but we don’t know by how many units as sales-tracking firm NPD keeps that kind of data under lock and key.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War topped the sales charts, beating out Assassin’s Creed Origins and Super Mario Odyssey. Software sales actually dropped 20 per cent year-over-year, though racing games did double – presumably due to the release of Forza Motorsport 7 and Gran Turismo Sport. Hardware sales are up 10 per cent compared to 2016, but the industry as a whole slipped by 11 per cent to $825 million in total spend.

November’s looking like it’s going to be a fascinating month for all video game sales, however. Microsoft, of course, launched the Xbox One X – and it’s doubling down on Xbox One S deals on Black Friday to make up for a disappointing year. Meanwhile, the Switch zeitgeist is strong in the United States right now, and the PS4 is scheduled to hit $199.99 for a week.

It should all result in a pretty compelling battle, but the main takeaway is that all systems should do extremely well. Who will come out on top? Our money’s actually on the Xbox One for now, but anything can happen in the Thanksgiving aftermath. As for the top selling game in November? Well, it’s going to be Call of Duty: WWII, isn’t it? That’s not even up for debate at this point.

NPD Software Top 20: October 2017

  1. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  2. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  3. Super Mario Odyssey**
  4. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  5. NBA 2K18
  6. FIFA 18
  7. WWE 2K18
  8. Madden NFL 18
  9. Destiny 2*
  10. Forza Motorsport 7
  11. Gran Turismo Sport
  12. Grand Theft Auto V
  13. The Evil Within 2**
  14. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus**
  15. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild**
  16. Mario Kart 8**
  17. Fire Emblem: Warriors**
  18. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  19. NHL 18
  20. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege

NPD PS4 Software Top 10: October 2017

  1. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  2. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  3. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  4. NBA 2K18
  5. FIFA 18
  6. Gran Turismo Sport
  7. WWE 2K18
  8. Madden NFL 18
  9. Destiny 2
  10. The Evil Within 2**

NPD Best Selling Games of 2017 So Far

  1. Destiny 2*
  2. NBA 2K18
  3. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild**
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. For Honor
  8. Horizon Zero Dawn
  9. Injustice 2
  10. Mario Kart 8

* No Battle.net sales
** No digital sales

[via venturebeat.com]