The May NPD sales numbers are in for the US, and the results may surprise you. On the hardware side, the number one selling console, for the fifth straight month, was the PlayStation 4. While the PS4 and Xbox One were obviously still in high demand, other consoles were not slouch either. “Much of May 2014’s hardware growth was due to Xbox One and PS4, there was also year-over-year growth for the Wii U, and PS Vita,” said NPD analyst Liam Callahan. Neogaf calculates that the Wii U’s software sales were nearly 60k, an 85% increase compared to 2013. The Nintendo 3DS was the second best selling hardware.
Software sales bore quite a few surprises. Number one, to the shock of no one, is Watch Dogs. Ubisoft’s new IP sold over 1 million in it’s first day, and the sales momentum continued from their. In at the number two spot was Mario Kart 8. This is incredibly surprising as Mario Kart 8 was only out for TWO DAYS in May. The positive word of mouth will likely lead to high sales numbers for June as well. In third we find the PlayStation exclusive MLB 14: The Show. This marks the second PlayStation exclusive to crack the top three this year, joining Infamous Second Son from March.
Places fourth through tenth are as follows: Wolfenstein: The New Order, Minecraft, The Amazing Spider-man 2, NBA 2K14, Titanfall, Kirby Triple Deluxe, and Call of Duty: Ghosts. The most shocking of all of these is to see the 3DS exclusive Kirby Triple Deluxe cracking the top ten after a relatively quiet launch. Callahan spoke about the software sales, saying “Collectively, May 2014 launches sold 800 percent more in dollar sales than May 2013 launches did their respective launch months. New launches represented 50 percent of dollar sales this month, which compared to only 9 percent for new launches in May 2013.”
by, Bobby Marquardt