EA's Madden NFL 12 barely missed the NPD boat back in August on account of its release being delayed until after the industry research firm's sales tracking period for the month, and its absence was keenly felt. It's good news then it was able to make up for things last month by becoming the top selling game for September, overcoming the otherwise explosive release of Epic's Gears of War 3.
September ended up being a pretty good month for EA in general, with all of its latest EA Sports titles landing in monthly top five, but Deep Silver too ought to be beaming at Dead Island landing in third behind Gears of War 3. It's certainly a better showing than Resistance 3 and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, though to be sure both new titles also made it into NPD's software top ten.
Taken on their own, software sales saw a decent 3 percent year-on-year increase for September, yet industry sales was a whole still suffered a six percent year-on-year decline. To be sure, the total spend still amounted to over a billion dollars compared to the months before. Though console hardware sales similarly dipped, Microsoft was still very pleased with the 438,000 Xbox 360 consoles it managed to sell last month, making it the top performing platform once again with over 40 percent of the total monthly sales.
September 2011 US Games Industry Summary
Total Industry Sales - $1.16 billion USD (-6%)
Console Hardware Sales - $349 million USD (-9%)
Console Software Sales - $630.2 million USD (+3%)
Total Software Sales - $653.2 million USD (-1%)
Accessory Sales - $154.8 million USD (-14%)
|1.||Madden NFL 12||Electronic Arts||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / PSP / PS2||08/2011|
|2.||Gears of War 3||Microsoft Game Studios||Xbox 360||09/2011|
|3.||Dead Island||Deep Silver||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||09/2011|
|4.||FIFA Soccer 12||Electronic Arts||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / 3DS / PSP / PS2||09/2011|
|5.||NHL 12||Electronic Arts||PS3 / Xbox 360||09/2011|
|6.||Deus Ex: Human Revolution||Square Enix||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||08/2011|
|7.||Resistance 3||Sony Computer Entertainment||PS3||09/2011|
|8.||LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars||LucasArts||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / DS / 3DS / PSP / PC||03/2011|
|9.||Call of Duty: Black Ops||Activision||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC / Wii / DS||11/2010|
|10.||Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine||THQ||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||09/2011|