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
The PS4 continues it’s dominance of the US sales chart for the 4th month in a row, while Xbox One’s Titanfall is the top selling game for the second month in a row. Following Titanfall in 2nd is Call of Duty: Ghosts, and NBA 2K14 in 3rd. Fourth through tenth are as follows: Minecraft, LEGO: The Hobbit, The LEGO Movie Videogame, LEGO Marvel Superheroes, The Amazing Spider-man 2, Grand Theft Auto V, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. This marks the second straight month with Titanfall and call of Duty at numbers one and two, with Minecraft making a massive resurgence up the charts, after being only at 10th in April.
Microsoft has responded to the news today, touting that Xbox Leads U.S. Software Game Sales, with an average of three games sold per console. Xbox One sold a total of 447,000 games, as well as 2.6 million games on Xbox 360. This big uptick in game sales can be attributed to sales of games for the Easter Holiday, which would also explain the big sales for the three LEGO titles.
Overall though software sales are a mixed bag. April had a 10% overall slide in physical software sales, but next-gen software is doing well, compared to the previous generation. “PS4 software combined with Xbox One software sales are up over 40 percent compared to sales of the PS3 and Xbox 360 through their first six months. Wii U software sales were up over last year by over 80 percent.” said NPD analyst Liam Callahan
As I wrote earlier, PS4 managed to maintain it’s lead, and was the number one selling game console for the fourth month running. Neogaf is claiming that 115k Xbox One’s were sold during April, but did not currently have the numbers for PS4. Overall, things are looking great for this new generation of consoles. Callahan told Gamesindustry.biz that “Life to date, sales of PS4 and Xbox One hardware have more than doubled the combined sales of PS3 and 360 hardware through their first six months of sales.” Total Industry sales climbed 17% to $580.3 million.
by, Bobby Marquardt