Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy | Source: Square Enix

Last month, the U.S. video games industry set a new October record as gamers spent $4.4 billion across hardware, game content, and accessories.

According to The NPD Group, spent $46.7 billion in the first 10 months of 2021, a 12% gain versus the same period last year.

While finding a new console such as Microsoft’s Xbox Series X|S continues to be a boss-level challenge, they’re getting out there fueled an 82% spike in hardware sales for a 53% year-to-date gain. But, according to NPD, it’s still the Nintendo Switch that’s leading the pack in terms of platforms with the new OLED Model helping the portable console to keep its momentum. In terms of total dollar sales, Sony’s Playstation 5 leads the pack while the Nintendo Switch leads in total units.

As far as the games themselves, new titles dominated the charts in October with seven of the top 10 hitting consoles ahead of Halloween.

Top 10 Console Video Games: October 2021

  1. Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft)
  2. Back 4 Blood (Warner Bros. Interactive)
  3. Metroid: Dread (Nintendo)
  4. Madden NFL 22 (Electronic Arts)
  5. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Hinokami Chronicles (SEGA)
  6. FIFA 22 (Electronic Arts)
  7. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Square Enix)
  8. Mario Party Superstars (Nintendo)
  9. NHL 22 (Electronic Arts)
  10. NBA 2K22 (Take-Two Interactive)

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According to Sensor Tower, the top mobile games in terms of revenue last month were Candy Crush Saga, Garena Free Fire, Roblox, Coin Master, Pokémon GO, Call of Duty: Mobile, Homescapes, Lords Mobile, Clash Royale, and Genshin Impact.

Of course, now that we’re into November, it’s Call of Duty season but the holidays are fast approaching. Could we interest you in something from the Video Games section of the Pop Insider‘s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide?