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PlayStation 5 was the United States’ best-selling hardware platform in both units and dollar sales in September 2021, ending a 33-month Nintendo Switch streak. While Sony’s next-gen console has outperformed the hybrid console in dollar sales at times over the past year, this is the first occasion where it’s outdone it in units as well, suggesting the stock situation is improving. It’s the first time a system has outsold the Nintendo Switch in the US since the PS4 did all the way back in November 2018.

It was a big month for sports games, with Madden NFL 22 maintaining its position at the top of the charts and FIFA 22 and NBA 2K22 joining it in the positions behind. (Note that 2K Sports does not share digital sales data for NBA 2K22, though.) Tales of Arise and Diablo II: Resurrected took the fourth and fifth positions, with Deathloop performing extremely well in sixth place. Elsewhere, exclusives like Ghost of Tsushima and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales retained their positions in the top ten.

Overall industry spend increased three per cent year-over-year, primarily driven by strong hardware sales, with September 2021 spending totalling a record $4.4 billion. We’ve included all of the relevant chart data below.

NPD Software Top 20: September 2021

  1. Madden NFL 22
  2. FIFA 22
  3. NBA 2K22*
  4. Tales of Arise
  5. Diablo II: Resurrected
  6. Deathloop
  7. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  8. Ghost of Tsushima
  9. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  10. Life Is Strange: True Colors
  11. Mario Kart 8*
  12. Diablo Prime Evil Colllection
  13. Sonic Colors Ultimate
  14. Minecraft
  15. WarioWare: Get It Together*
  16. Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  17. Super Smash Bros Ultimate*
  18. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  19. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  20. Mortal Kombat 11

NPD PS5, PS4 Software: September 2021

  1. Madden NFL 22
  2. FIFA 22
  3. NBA 2K22*
  4. Deathloop
  5. Tales of Arise
  6. Ghost of Tsushima
  7. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  8. Diablo II: Resurrected
  9. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  10. Life Is Strange: True Colors

NPD Best-Selling Games of 2021

  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*
  6. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  7. Mario Kart 8*
  8. Minecraft
  9. Monster Hunter Rise
  10. Assassin's Creed Valhalla

* Digital sales not included
^ Xbox digital sales not included

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