The PlayStation 4, Watch Dogs, and Mario Kart 8 beat out all the rest in this month’s NPD sales numbers.
The NPD Group has come out with their monthly report on the financial state of the video game business, and Sony’s PlayStation 4 – like it has for the previous five months – is at the top of hardware sales chart for May 2014. At last checked, the PS4 has sold 7 million units worldwide as of April according to Sony, a figure considerably more than what has been reported for both Microsoft’s Xbox One and Nintendo’s Wii U.
In general though, May was a successful hull for every gaming platform with overall hardware sales up 95 percent from May 2013 by $187 million. A good sum of those sales were predictably from the PS4 and the Xbox One, but even the Nintendo Wii U and the PlayStation Vita saw boosts in their year-over-year performances, likely thanks to new hardware bundles (the Mario Kart 8 & Borderlands 2 bundles) being released in the same month.
Meanwhile, software sales also had a nice uptick by ending a six month decline. Consumers bought $274 million’s worth of new games at retail in May, 57 percent up from the $175 million purchased last year. Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs and Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8 were to two biggest sellers – both certainly helping to drive hardware sales on their respective consoles – followed by MLB 14: The Show, Wolfenstein, and Minecraft.
Here’s the full list of the top-selling software for May 2014:
1. Watch Dogs (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PlayStation 3, PC)
2. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
3. MLB 14: The Show (PS4, PS3, Vita)
4. Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
5. Minecraft (360, PS3)
6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, 3DS, Wii U)
7. NBA 2K14 (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC)
8. Titanfall (360, Xbox One, PC)
9. Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)
10. Call of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC, Wii U)