Michael Grand Theft Auto

Video game software sales are up for the first time year-on-year since January thanks to a little game called Grand Theft Auto V. The September NPD reports that physical console and portable games saw an increase of 52% from September sales last year to a total of $754 million

The NPD measures in retail copies alone, but seeing how digital downloads are becoming more commonplace with each passing month, we can assume that downloads are up as well. As a whole, the video game industry spiked with a 27 percent increase to $1.079 billion.

Despite an increase in the Wii U and strong showing from the Nintendo 3DS, hardware sales dropped 13 percent to $183.2 million in the face of the ever approaching PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Surprisingly enough, on the eve of the switch to the next generation, the PlayStation 3 emerged victorious on the home console market, breaking the Xbox 360's 32 month streak of being king of the mountain. The Nintendo 3DS stole the show as the best video game device all around for the fifth consecutive month.

The Xbox 360 still saw the best software sales with five of the top ten best selling games to its belt and $401.2 million record-breaking sales figure.

The top ten games of the month are seen in the list below. Care to guess which game is number one? Here's a hint, its sales represent 50 percent of this entire list.

  1. Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS3, Xbox 360)
  2. Madden 25 (PS3, Xbox 360)
  3. NBA 2K14 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  4. Diablo 3 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  5. FIFA 14 (PS3, Vita Xbox 360)
  6. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX (PS3)
  7. Disney Infinity (3DS, PS3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360)
  8. NHL 14 (PS3, Xbox 360)
  9. Minecraft (Xbox 360)
  10. Saints Row 4 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

I'm not too big a fan of the series, but it make the inner child in me shriek with glee to see Kingdom Hearts do so well in this Western dominated video game world. Any other surprises you like from the NPDs in September?