The PC port seems to have done the trick
This August saw a familiar face web-zip his way up the NPD rankings. Following a PC port of Insomniac’s Marvel’s Spider-Man, the game shot up to third in the month’s best-selling titles.
As NPD’s Mat Piscatella notes, Marvel’s Spider-Man made the leap from 84th in July to 3rd in August. Concurrently, Spider-Man was the best seller of the month across all tracked Steam titles.
While it doesn’t have the Miles Morales content yet, the combination of high-end PC features and the potential portability (it is Steam Deck Verified) seems to have worked out well.
Madden NFL 23 came in at the top selling spot, which is not a huge surprise as Madden is a consistent top-seller for its launch month. The new Saints Row took the second place in NPD’s top sellers.
Other notables include Horizon Forbidden West, back on the top 20 with a price promotion likely helping out, and Soul Hackers 2 debuting at the 15th spot. The PS5 leads the month’s console sales, and is the top for the year in dollar sales. The Switch still leads in unit sales for the year, though.
The power of the port
This is another solid PC port debut for Sony, following off others like God of War (2018) earlier this year. The sudden re-interest in a game that already sold quite well years ago shows how effective these ports can be.
Tie in the way that Steam Decks seem to be flying out of Valve’s production facilities, and it’s a match made in Spidey-heaven. While a few notables are still missing from the PC port bonanza, it does seem like bringing these games over to more players is doing well.
Next up is the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, which packs together Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy, hitting PC on October 19.