October NPD: NBA 2K15, Smash Bros. 3DS lead in weak month for software sales [Update]

NPD results for the month of October place the 2K Sports behemoth NBA 2K15 in the lead, collectively across five platforms, with Super Smash Bros. 3DS in second – despite its single-platform status. Mario & Friends are still big moneymakers.

Last month's powerhouse, Destiny, fell to fifth from first in October. New titles debuted strong: The Evil Within was the third best piece of tracked software for the month, followed by a fourth place appearance by Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. The latest Skylanders title, Skylanders: Trap Team, debuted at sixth causing The Sims 4, Disney Infinity 2.0 and Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls to fall from the top ten.

Insomniac's Xbox One-exclusive Sunset Overdrive was the ninth best-selling title of the month, according to The NPD Group, but failed to appear on the group's combined platform, new physical software-only top ten list (it was also available in an Xbox One bundle).

Sales across hardware, software and accessories "were essentially flat" compared to October 2013, The NPD Group's Liam Callahan said. Eighth-generation consoles made up 80 percent of dollar sales for the month – a 59 percent increase versus last year, a month before the Xbox One and PS4 launched – offsetting a 28 percent decline in software sales for October 2014 over the same reported period a year ago.

[Update: Nintendo revealed that it sold over 485,000 copies of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS in North America in October, and has sold 1.2 million copies across digital and retail channels to date. The company additionally stated that Wii U hardware sales have seen a 47 percent jump in the first 10 months of 2014, compared to the same period in 2013.]

October 2014 Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms incl. PC)

  1. NBA 2K15 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)

  2. Super Smash Bros. (3DS)

  3. The Evil Within (PS4, XBO, PS3, 360, PC)

  4. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! (360, PS3, PC)

  5. Destiny (360, XBO, PS4, PS3)**

  6. Skylanders Trap Team (360, Wii, NWU, PS3, XBO, PS4, 3DS, MOB)** (Corp)

  7. FIFA 15 (PS4, 360, PS3, XBO, Wii, PSV, 3DS)**

  8. Madden NFL 15 (360, PS4, PS3, XBO)**

  9. Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor (PS4, XBO, PC)

  10. Minecraft (360, PS3, PS4)

[Image: 2K Games]