Switch Was The Best-Selling Console Of October In US, Metroid Dread Sets New Franchise Record

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Update, 11/12/2021, 10:47 a.m. EST:

In a rare moment of financial openness, if you will, Nintendo has released some official numbers regarding its October sales of Switch consoles, Metroid Dread, and more. 

In a new interview with The Washington Post, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser revealed that the company sold 711,000 Switch consoles in the U.S. in October. Of those 711,000, Bowser says 314,000 of them were the recently-released OLED model. He also revealed that many of the Switch units sold were bought by people that already owned one and they were upgrading to the OLED or buying another for someone else. 

On the Metroid Dread front, 854,000 copies were sold in October, and Bowser says this is the best Metroid launch in series history. 

The original story about the NPD numbers for last month continues below…


Original Story, 11/12/2021, 10:31 a.m. EST:

Nintendo had a really great October if U.S. sales numbers are anything to go off of. 

The NPD Group released its monthly update today, and it revealed that the Switch was the best-selling console for October in the U.S., both in units and dollars. That’s likely due to excitement around the new OLED model of the console released last month and the launch of new first-party games such as Mario Party Superstars and Metroid Dread. Speaking of Dread, it had a great October as well. 

“US NPD SW – Metroid Dread debuted as October’s #3 best-selling game, while also ranking 1st on Switch,” NPD’s Mat Piscatella writes in a tweet. “Metroid Dread achieved the highest launch month sales of any Metroid franchise release in tracked history.”

Dread’s physical dollar sales also “nearly doubled those of the previous franchise best, Metroid Prime,” according to Piscatella. Congrats, Metroid fans – you did it. Now let’s hope Nintendo sees this as a sign to keep the Metroid games coming. 

Elsewhere in today’s NPD report, the Switch leads consoles in units sold for 2021, but the PlayStation 5 remains the best-selling hardware platform for 2021 in terms of year-to-date dollars. This makes sense considering the PS5 costs a minimum of $400 (for the digital edition), whereas the most expensive Switch – the OLED model – goes for $350. 

In terms of games, Far Cry 6 debuted as October’s best-selling game, and Piscatella writes on Twitter that it “instantly” became the eighth best-selling game of the year. Back 4 Blood was behind it as the second best-selling game for October, and Dread came in third. 

Other new releases this month did well too. For example, Eidos-Montreal’s Guardians of the Galaxy debuted as the seventh best-selling game in October, with less than a week on the October market. Nintendo’s Mario Party Superstars debuted at number eight with even less time, having released just two days before October was over. 

Despite October’s numbers, Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War remains the best-selling game of 2021 – it came in as the twelfth best-selling game in October. Following it is Madden NFL 22, which was the fourth best-selling game of last month. Here’s the entire top 10 best-selling games this year:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War
  2. Madden NFL 22
  3. MLB: The Show 21
  4. Resident Evil: Village
  5. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
  6. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  7. Mario Kart 8
  8. Far Cry 6
  9. Minecraft
  10. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

For more, check out Game Informer’s Metroid: Dread review and then read Game Informer’s Far Cry 6 review. Be sure to check out Game Informer’s Switch OLED review after that. 


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