That's right, Diablo III beats out multi-plats.
The NPD Group’s monthly report on US retail sales shows a significant drop in overall sales. Retail industry down 28%.
The NPD group has released its Monthly (May) report on US retail sales.
Overall, the retail industry went down 28%, from $718.9 million in May 2011 to $516.5 million in May 2012.
Also, it looks like accessories were one area which flourished, noting a 74% year on year increase. The NPD attributes the rise to the sale of “video game card”s and Activision’s Skylanders.Hearteningly, the NPD estimates these figures account for 50*60% of total consumer spend on gaming, with analyst Anita Frazier painting a much healthier picture beyond the report’s remit.
“When you consider our preliminary estimate for other physical format sales such as used and rentals at $155 million, and our estimate for digital format sales including full game and add-on content downloads including microtransactions, subscriptions, mobile apps and the consumer spend on social network games at $420 million, we would estimate the total consumer spend in May to be $1.17B,” she said.
Remember, the NPD doesn't release "sales numbers" anymore, so all the following estimates come from PR info from companies and/or other similar data.
Overall, retail software sales dropped 16% year on year, resulting in a total of $335.2 million. Frazier attributes the dip to a reduction in new releases – 27% fewer than in 2010.
1.) Diablo 3 (PC) Activision Blizzard
2.) Max Payne 3 (360, PS3, PC) Take-Two Interactive - 440K
3.) Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (360, PS3) Ubisoft - 400K
4.) Prototype 2 (360, PS3) Activision Blizzard
5.) NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, PC) Take-Two Interactive
6.) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC) Activision Blizzard
7.) Sniper Elite V2 (360, PS3) 505 Games
8.) Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC) Electronic Arts
9.) Dragon's Dogma (360, PS3) Capcom - 92K
10.) Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360, PS3) Ubisoft
Overall hardware sales dropped 39% year on year to tally at $138.9 million, down from $228.8 million in 2011.
Here's the Microsoft PR:Xbox 360: 160K (-40.7%)
Nintendo 3DS: 113.5K (+17%) [Comes from Anita Fraizer statement below and last year's result.]
Nintendo Consoles & Portables Combined (3DS + DS + Wii + anything else): 285K
The Sony PR:Coming off an amazing and busy show at E3 last week, we are keeping this month’s NPD email brief. Xbox 360 sold more units in May in the U.S. than any other console or handheld game device, maintaining its position as the best-selling console in the U.S. for the past 17 months.
May 2012 U.S. NPD highlights:
- Xbox 360 sold 160,000 units in May, representing a 45 percent share of current-generation console sales in the U.S. This marks the 15th consecutive month that Xbox 360 has held more than a 40 percent share of current-generation console sales in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, May 2012)
- Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in May (hardware, software and accessories) reached $209 million, the most for any console in the U.S. and more than the spend on the other two current-generation consoles combined. (Source: NPD Group, May 2012)
- During the month of May, Xbox 360 held six of the top 10 U.S. console game titles including: “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier,” “Max Payne 3,” Prototype 2,” “Sniper Elite V2,” “NBA 2K12” and “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.” Xbox 360 also garnered more software sales than the other two current-generation consoles combined. (Source: NPD Group, May 2012)
Last week at E3, Xbox detailed its mission to make the entertainment people love even more amazing. In addition to announcing its greatest lineup of games in history, Xbox introduced the next wave of leading entertainment partners coming to the platform and an entirely new experience with Xbox SmartGlass, enabling consumers to experience their favorite entertainment across the devices they love.
And finally, the Nintendo PR:According to the May NPD report, exclusive PlayStation 3 titles again posted strong results with MLB12: The Show and Starhawk. PlayStation also continues to experience accelerated digital sales growth for the PS3 and PS Vita platforms. As demonstrated at E3 last week, our commitment to gamers is stronger than ever with upcoming 2013 PS3 exclusive titles, including Beyond: Two Souls, God of War: Ascension and The Last of Us, as well as PS Vita titles PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and Assassin's Creed III: Liberation which will continue PlayStation's momentum into the new year.
NEWS SOURCE #1: NPD May Diablo III beats out multi-plats 3DS tops hardware (via) VG247In May, Nintendo sold more than 285,000 units of portable and console hardware. At the E3 Expo in Los Angeles last week, Nintendo revealed a massive slate of first- and third-party games on the way for Nintendo 3DS and the upcoming Wii U console. Further details about Nintendo's E3 announcements can be found here: http://e3.nintendo.com. We're looking forward to a strong second half of 2012..
NEWS SOURCE #2: Forum Thread #478491 (via) NeoGAF
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