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?

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.