Nine of October’s top-sellingop 20 games in the U.S. were published by Nintendo, according to the latest monthly sales report from The NPD Group.The best-selling game published by Nintendo in October was Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
, with Super Mario 3D All-Stars
coming in right behind it as fifth and sixth place this month respectively. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
came in at eighth, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
at 11th, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
at 15th, Ring Fit Adventure
at 16th, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
at 17th, Super Mario Party
at 19th, and finally, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Nintendo, however, didn’t take the top spot for the month, as that belongs to FIFA 21
, which is the best-selling game of October 2020. This achievement also represents the first time a FIFA game has launched as number one in the U.S. market. The game launched on October 6 and became the number one game for October on both PlayStation and Xbox platforms.
It’s important to note that this is just PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X versions of FIFA 21 launch on December 4.
In hardware news, the Nintendo Switch set a new U.S. October dollar sales record, besting the previous high set by the Nintendo Wii in October 2008, according to The NPD Group. Nintendo has been the best-selling hardware platform in the U.S. for 23 consecutive months, which is also a record. The NPD Group also reports that year-to-date dollar sales of the Switch are the second-highest of any platform in U.S. history, coming in second only to the 2008 year-to-date dollar sales of the Wii.
October’s Best-Selling Games
- FIFA 21
- Madden NFL 21
- Watch Dogs: Legion
- NHL 21
- Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
- Super Mario 3D All-Stars
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Star Wars: Squadrons
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
- Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
- Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
- Ghost of Tsushima
- NBA 2K21
- Marvel’s Avengers
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Ring Fit Adventure
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
- Super Mario Party
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Check out IGN’s reviews for some of October 2020’s best-sellers like FIFA 21, Madden NFL 21, Watch Dogs: Legion, and Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.