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October 17, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Game sales soar on “Grand Theft Auto V”

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Blockbuster games drove a big rebound in video game sales last month, with U.S. sales growing 32 percent, according to NPD research.

Sales of packaged game software were up 52 percent largely because of “Grand Theft Auto V,” which generated a record-setting $1 billion in sales in its first three days on the market.

Total sales of packaged games, hardware and accessories were $1.08 billion during the month, including software sales of $768 million.

That doesn’t include sales apps, subscriptions and downloaded games, which NPD estimates were another $645 million during the month.

Nintendo’s 3DS was the top selling hardware product for the fifth consecutive month. Sony’s PlayStation 3 finally dethroned Microsoft’s Xbox, ending the Xbox’s 32-month run as the best-selling console.

Microsoft issued a press release noting that its platform had the most software sales last month — $401.2 million in the U.S.

NPD analyst Liam Callahan credited a PS3 bundle with GTA V for the switch.

Nintendo’s Wii U were up 100 percent over August sales, driven by a bundle with “The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD” and a $50 price cut.

It won’t appear until next month’s NPD report, but Nintendo also scored with “Pokémon X” and “Pokémon Y” which sold more than 4 million copies in the first two days after they went on sale Oct. 12. Here are the top-selling packaged games:

Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
Madden NFL 25 (360, PS3)
NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PC)
Diablo III (360, PS3, PC)
FIFA 14 (360, PS3, Vita)
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX (PS3)
Disney Infinity (360, WII, PS3, NWU, 3DS)
NHL 14 (360, PS3)
Minecraft (360)
Saints Row IV (360, PS3, PC)*

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