September NPD Report: Record Breaking Spider-Man Sweeps the Competition Aside

The NPD Group has released its monthly report for video game industry hardware and software sales. In September, and to the surprise of absolutely nobody, Sony's PS4 exclusive Spider-Man dominates the charts.

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thenotoriousone20d ago

Spider-Man crushed it, but there's an even bigger takeaway for me.

wtf at Destiny 2 somehow making an appearance? I guess that basically answers the question as to how effective PS Plus can be in getting people's interest back for a game. Especially in tandem with a new expansion. Very clever!

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darthv7219d ago

Congrats to IG and Sony. SM is a really well made game. congrats to the other new entries on the list as well. TR, FH4 and ACO. All seem to be off to a good start.

Nyxus20d ago

"Marvel’s Spider-Man achieved launch month sales 37 percent higher than the combined launch month sales of all other Spider-Man games released since The NPD Group began tracking in 1995."


sammarshall10220d ago

Great results for a great game! I'm salivating at seeing Spiderman 2 powered by that custom Navi in the PS5 and a way better CPU

rainslacker20d ago

I know one could joke about those other games, but that is still a cumulatively a huge number.

I knew this game was going to be popular, but damn, it's really killing it. I'd be really interested in the first milestone sales announcement from Sony.

paintedgamer198420d ago

Yeah thats bat shit crazy... and all thanks to Playstation and Insomniac 👏🤓

KwietStorm20d ago

"and is the seventh largest launch ever achieved by any game on any PlayStation platform."

*Any* game. That is amazing.

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parris20d ago

Spider-Man on top as expected, but the real surprise is that Forza Horizon only managed to come in at 7'th place.

hench0720d ago

Forza Horizon released in October not September. These results are from the "Ultimate Edition" that released early.

So yeah it is a surprise that it's even charting.

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timotim20d ago

Yes it is! Surprised that it did so well for only 3 days on the market!

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parris20d ago

"The NPD Group’s latest report on U.S. game sales covers the period from September 2 to October 6."

Forza had a full retail launch represented here, sorry to break your heart.

timotim20d ago that's 7th place with ONE weeks worth on the apologies haha.

Prettygoodgamer20d ago (Edited 20d ago )


Yes the first week when most sales happen haha..

timotim20d ago


Yes, but again, not a month's worth, which is what other games on the list had the privilege of being counted for. Understand that the standard version of FH4 wasn't even on shelves for a full week yet haha. Its the highest selling games for the MONTH...when 5 days start to equal a month, then you have a point...FH4 was on sale for one week total and only 5 days for the standard version...the fact that it made number 7 on that list is amazing.

KwietStorm20d ago

You're reaching so hard it's kind of depressing.

DerekTweed19d ago

I don't know where you saw that. The article says this

"The following statistics highlight the commercial performance of video game hardware and software purchased either at retail or via an online sale over a four-week period Sept. 1 – Sept. 30."

Razzer19d ago

"Forza was only out for 4 days. Spider-Man came out Sept 7 almost a month." really think that even matters? Forza could have launched in January and Spider-man would have beat its sales in 4 days.

Immorals19d ago

Nope, first day until last day of September as it states in the article. That is pretty impressive for an £80 edition of a game for a console that everyone on here sees as dead ;).

parris19d ago (Edited 19d ago )


No, this article is wrong.

Read the thread here you can see it's discussed. NPD is the week of the first Sunday to the week of the last Saturday it's not just the 1'st to the 31'st.

That's why Assassins Creed was on the list even though it released on October 5'th.

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Profchaos19d ago

Forza is pretty neiche racers in general sell less now than they did in previous gens

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Kribwalker20d ago (Edited 20d ago )

Great sales numbers for spider-man, i don’t think anyone is surprised by it being number 1 last month.

“Forza Horizon 4 achieved the highest launch month dollar sales in Forza franchise history and is the biggest launch for a racing game on any Xbox platform in history. Forza Horizon 4 was the seventh best-selling game of September.”

Wow, I’m shocked it was the 7th best selling game in september, when it launched 3 days before the month was over with only the double the price Ultimate edition, and with people knowing it was releasing on gamepass 5 days later. Good Job playground games

“The Xbox One X System 1TB Black is the best-selling Xbox One hardware item of the year in both dollars and units sold”

also a crazy stat. Xbox gamers willing to pay a premium for a better console

SuperSaiyanGod4120d ago

Spiderman isn't even the ps4's best exclusive yet it's breaking records sales wise.

Forza horizon 4 is xbox's best exclusive it has, yes a racer. Congratulations.

timotim20d ago

That is absolutely crazy that Forza pulled that off with only 3 days on the market and only a $100 SKU available!!!

parris20d ago

Spider-Man sold 3.3 million units in three days not counting copies that came with the the Spider-Man Pro Bundle.

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Kribwalker20d ago

hey @paris
Fact Check

the 3 million does count the bundled games.


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Kribwalker20d ago (Edited 20d ago )


“While Sony includes the sales of its $399.99 Spider-Man PlayStation 4 Pro bundle as part of its count of 3.3 million total copies of the game, it did not break out how many of the limited edition consoles were sold. The bundle's more expensive price could push the $198 million figure even higher. ”

Come on man. I thought you were better than that. Instead you show no respect and a lack of confidence in the writers that state what i said as truth, instead of twisting and showing a lack of humanity, you could at least acknowledge you were wrong and wanting to show these journalist disrespect to the utmost degree and call their writings lies


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Dragonscale19d ago (Edited 19d ago )

Not so crazy considering its the first decent xbone exclusive in quite a while now, it was inevitable tbh. The fact that this is the 3rd horizon game this gen speaks volumes lol.

parris19d ago

@ kribwalker

"The 3.3 million figure does not factor in sales of Sony’s limited edition PlayStation 4 Pro bundle that includes an “Amazing Red” console and DualShock 4 controller in addition to a copy of the game for $399.99."

Marvel’s Spider-Man for PlayStation 4 sold 3.3 million units worldwide in its first three days of release (from September 7 to 9), and has topped the record previously set by God of War earlier this year as the fastest-selling PlayStation 4 exclusive title, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced.

One million copies of the game were pre-ordered, which is another record for Sony.

The 3.3 million figure does not factor in sales of Sony’s limited edition PlayStation 4 Pro bundle that includes an “Amazing Red” console and DualShock 4 controller in addition to a copy of the game for $399.99.

Kribwalker19d ago (Edited 19d ago )

The source of your article, is the article i posted. Which has this disclaimer at the top

“Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story misstated Stephen Turvey's title. The story also includes more explanation of what products were included in its sales figures. ”

and then states it includes bundles. obviously your link was not updated 😉

My link
“Originally Published 6:00 a.m. PDT Sep. 20, 2018
Updated 1:20 p.m. PDT Sep. 20, 2018”

Your story based off of my link
by Sal Romano at 09:54 AM EDT, September 20, 2018.

Posted before the update of the source 😉

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parris20d ago (Edited 20d ago )

"The NPD Group’s latest report on U.S. game sales covers the period from September 2 to October 6."

Forza Horizon launched on October 2, it had full representation of all boxed SKU's.

timotim20d ago

Yes...for 5 days though haha...thats not a months worth...

badz14919d ago


"Yes...for 5 days though haha...thats not a months worth..."

it's already October. FH4 is not gonna chart any higher than this month comes next time because CoD BO4 & RDR2 will dominate October and I think Spider-man and the likes of AC Odyssey still have some steam from release while we almost don't hear anything about FH4 anymore since its launch.

DerekTweed19d ago

Seriously did they change the article because that is not in the article I just read.

"The following statistics highlight the commercial performance of video game hardware and software purchased either at retail or via an online sale over a four-week period Sept. 1 – Sept. 30."

parris19d ago


This article is wrong... it's "Twinfinite" do you think they did any research...

Assassins Creed Odyssey is on the list it released October 5'th... It's September 2'nd to October 6'th, the first week with a Saturday to the last week with a Sunday.

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Ceaser985736120d ago

"The Xbox One X System 1TB Black is the best-selling Xbox One hardware item of the year in both dollars and units sold”

Among Xbox its the best because better hardware , that's surprising lmao! and not among other Consoles Lol!
Oct. Red dead 2 Will dominate along with COD

chiefJohn11719d ago

You honestly sound upset the X is doing well the pro is only 20% of ps4s sold so better hardware don't always equal best sells.

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parris19d ago


But every month more Pro's are sold than X's due to the fact that PS4 is selling 3x as many consoles...

doggo8419d ago (Edited 19d ago )


So 20% of 83 00 000 = 16 600 000 if that is the case then, lmao, that is still far more than the total number of xbox one x sales, which in reality is the case, in any case.

Percentages. Learn em.

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Ceaser985736120d ago

Even AC Ody released in Oct but its 3rd. Congratulations Ubi. AC odyssey is an amazing game .

Kribwalker20d ago

can’t wait to try that one as well. I can’t decide if i’ll play this one or spider-man first, probably spider-man as i usually get AC games for christmas, but odyssey looks amazing

DerekTweed19d ago


Assassins creed is a much bigger game than Spider-man, like double or triple the length.

Both are good games but I like Assassin's Creed Odyssey more.

chiefJohn11719d ago

Oh I was expecting it to be #1 but now I see why it wasn't. Release too late.

uptownsoul20d ago (Edited 20d ago )

I don't know why your down voting @Kribwalker b/c he's 100% correct when he says "Xbox gamers willing to pay a premium for a better console"

Of the minority of console gamers who decide to purchase an Xbox One…they are absolutely choosing the Xbox One X over any other sku

badz14919d ago

the S plays almost everything on the market at their lowest as it's too weak. it's a 900p console in 2018. it's only worth it if you fancy some BC games because it still runs them pretty good compared to the 360 but that's about it or as a 4K bluray player. not even Digital Foundry is willing to sugarcoat its performance with vague terms anymore. they just call it for whatever it is now. CoD BO4 on that thing can reach down to almost 720p. yikes!

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chiefJohn11719d ago (Edited 19d ago )

Ikr mind blowing stats

Too many fanboys on n4g damn do everything have to be a D* measuring contest? Like congrats and move to on. UCForce who TF care if Forza is 1st or not. Damn you got nothing better to do with your life than try to troll and buzz kill? Look at the excuses on why Forza did so well they said the same ish about sea of thieves lol I even said they were gonna reuse that excuse later in the year smh predictable. Come with something new that excuse is played out y'all

parris19d ago

I don't get why your so angry, who cares if Spider-Man sold more in 3 days than Forza Horizon probably will the rest of the year.

But don't worry Microsoft will tell you more cars crashed through walls in Forza than in Spider-Man and you can brag about that.

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