Released on September 6, 2K’s basketball title recorded the highest launch month sales of any sports game in US history, taking the record from last year’s series entry, NBA 2K19.
The launch has helped the NBA 2K franchise overtake Guitar Hero to become the sixth biggest video game franchise in NPD tracking history in terms of full game dollar sales.
NBA 2K20 took the top spot on September’s software chart ahead of Borderlands 3, which currently ranks as the third best-selling game of 2019 after setting its own franchise launch month sales record.
NPD said monthly software sales fell 4% year-over-year to $732 million, although year-to-date dollar sales are flat at $3.874 billion.
Hardware spending in September 2019 fell 22% year-over-year to $240 million. With Xbox One and PS4 sales in decline ahead of the arrival of next-gen consoles, year-to-date hardware spending is down 21% year-over-year to $1.872 billion.
Switch has topped US hardware sales for 10 months in a row, according to NPD, and is the only platform to record year-on-year growth. Nintendo said on Thursday that Nintendo Switch sales have topped 15 million units in North America, with sales through September 2019 up over 20% year-to-date.
Combined hardware, software and accessory sales in September 2019 were $1.278 billion, down 8% from September 2018. Year-to-date consumer spending on gaming products is down 6% year-over-year to $8.3 billion.
September 2019 top 20 US games
- NBA 2K20
- Borderlands 3
- FIFA 20
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening*
- Madden NFL 20
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- Gears 5^
- Code Vein
- NHL 20
- Mario Kart 8*
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
- Spyro Reignited Trilogy
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
- Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
- Marvel’s Spider-Man
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
Top 10 selling games in 2019
* Digital sales not included
^ Steam digital sales not included
# Minecraft digital sales on PS4 and Xbox One included