In terms of launch month dollar sales, Square Enix’s game trails only Marvel’s Spider-Man from publisher Sony, which last year overtook Batman: Arkham City to become the best-selling superhero game in US history.
Marvel’s Avengers was September’s best-selling game in the US, ahead of fellow new release Super Mario 3D All-Stars, which achieved the sixth-highest launch month physical dollar sales for a Nintendo published game in US history.
September’s fourth best-selling game, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, recorded the highest launch month dollar sales of any title in the franchise’s history, overtaking October 2004’s Tony Hawk’s Underground 2.
On the hardware front, NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said year-to-date spending is up 22 percent compared to a year ago at $2.3 billion.
Nintendo Switch has been the biggest driver of hardware sales this year, offsetting declines on other console platforms ahead of the release of Xbox Series X/S and PS5 in November. Switch recently recorded the highest August dollar sales for a hardware platform in US history.
Following a significant decline in player numbers, Square Enix announced on Friday that it has delayed the release of Marvel’s Avengers‘ Kate Bishop DLC and the next-gen versions of the game as it continues to work on improving the quality of the title.