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Video game industry takes 4% hit in October; Xbox outsells Wii and PS3 for fifth straight month

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 6:54PM EST

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Ahead of the 2010 holiday season, NPD Group reports that the U.S. gaming industry took a hit in October. While software sales were up 6% and accessory sales were up 18% in the month, console sales tumbled 26% to $280 million. Overall, gaming industry sales were down 4% in October. Despite the industry’s overall hit, however, Microsoft is sitting pretty as its console sales beat Nintendo and Sony for the fifth straight month. In fact, the Xbox 360 was the only console with year-over-year growth in October. Add to that over 1 million Kinect units sold and over 4 million more Kinects expected to move before the end of the year, and you’ve got one happy gaming team over at HQ in Redmond. Hit the jump for NPD’s top-10 game titles by sales volume in the month of October.

1. NBA 2K11 (Xbox, Wii, PS2, PS2, PSP, PC)
2. Fallout: New Vegas (Xbox, PS3, PC)
3. Medal of Honor (Xbox, PS3, PC)
4. Fable III (Xbox)
5. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (Xbox, PS3, Wii, PC, NDS)
6. Halo: Reach (Xbox)
7. Just Dance 2 (Wii)
8. FIFA Soccer 11 (Xbox, Wii, PS3, PS2, PSP, NDS, PC)
9. Madden NFL 11 (Xbox, Wii, PS3, PS2, PSP)
10. WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 (Xbox, Wii, PS3, PS2, PSP)


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