You probably had the feeling Borderlands 2 would be a top-selling title no matter what, and that it managed to achieve with unit sales well over double its predecessor. Yet not even Borderlands 2 could push ahead of EA's Madden NFL 13, which by the NPD Group's reckoning took the honors as the top-selling title in the US for the month of September. Last month was a good one for EA in general, as half of NPD's software top ten was occupied with EA titles including Battlefield 3 which managed to make its triumphant comeback with no Call of Duty or Black Ops title to challenge it.
Even the PC gaming market got a serious shot in the arm with a 12 percent year-on-year increase in sales thanks to titles like Guild Wars 2 and WoW: Mists of Pandaria, both of which managed to secure respectable spots on the NPD software top ten.
Unfortunately, it all still boils down to double-digit year-on-year declines in industry sales for both console hardware and software; the former in particular was once again hit with a whopping 39 percent year-on-year decrease, though weekly hardware sales were slightly better during September compared to August.
September 2012 US Games Industry Summary
Total Industry Sales - $843.3 million USD (-24%)
Console Hardware Sales - $210.9 million USD (-39%)
Console Software Sales - $497.4 million USD (-18%)
Total Software Sales - $547.3 million USD (-14%)
Accessory Sales - $139.9 million USD (-11%)
|1.||Madden NFL 13||Electronic Arts||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / PSV||08/2012|
|2.||Borderlands 2||Take-Two Interactive||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||09/2012|
|3.||FIFA Soccer 13||Electronic Arts||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / PSP / PSV / 3DS||09/2012|
|4.||New Super Mario Bros. 2||Nintendo||3DS||08/2012|
|5.||Guild Wars 2||NCSoft||PC||08/2012|
|6.||NHL 13||Electronic Arts||PS3 / Xbox 360||09/2012|
|7.||World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria||Activision Blizzard||PC||09/2012|
|8.||NCAA Football 13||Electronic Arts||PS3 / Xbox 360||07/2012|
|9.||LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / PC / PSV / 3DS / DS||06/2012|
|10.||Battlefield 3||Electronic Arts||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||10/2011|