NPD: Battlefield 3, Batman dominate October sales

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Several major releases kicked off the holiday game rush in October, and they all met with a good amount of success. However, it was two titles that towered above them all — according to the NPD, Battlefield 3 sold “just under” 2 million units and Batman: Arkham City sold over 1.5 million to take the top spots. BF3 and Arkham City each shipped a ton of units, so the final sales numbers are unsurprising. id Software’s RAGE sold 550,000 copies across all platforms, mighty impressive for a new IP.

No specific sales numbers were given for any other titles in the top 10, but here’s the full list:

  1. Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC)
  2. Batman: Arkham City (360, PS3)
  3. NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, PSP, Wii, PS2, PC)
  4. Rage (360, PS3, PC)
  5. Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360)
  6. Dark Souls (PS3, 360)
  7. Madden NFL 12 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP)
  8. Forza Motorsport 4 (360)
  9. Gears of War 3 (360)
  10. FIFA Soccer 12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, 3DS)

It was also a good month for hardware sales, although the Xbox 360 led its competitors by a healthy margin:

  1. Xbox 360 – 393,000
  2. PS3 – 250,000 (estimated)
  3. Wii – nearly 250,000
  4. 3DS – over 250,000
  5. NDS – nearly 180,000

In all, game sales were good for $1.08 billion, a one percent increase over October 2010. With the onslaught of million-sellers that have already — and have yet to — hit this month, November promises to be even bigger.

Source: Game Informer