NCAA Football 14 secured the crown for top-selling video game in the U.S. last month according to the NPD Group, not a bad way to smooth out the fact that the NCAA itself will no longer license its trademarks to EA Sports.
EA's latest NCAA Football entry would also be the only new title released last month to actually make it onto NPD's software top ten for July, with the rest of the upper half dominated by June's big winners: Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, The Last of Us, Black Ops II, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
Nintendo's 3DS once again made a fine accounting of itself on both hardware and software fronts. According to Nintendo, 3DS hardware sales rose 14 percent year-over-year last month allowing the platform to once again become the top-selling system in the U.S. 3DS software sales also rose an impressive 45 percent over last year, though only New Leaf managed to land in NPD's software top ten.
To be sure, New Leaf was no slouch with sales of 150,000 units last month alone (physical and digital units combined); lifetime sales in the U.S. have now hit over 660,000 units. Meanwhile, lifetime sales for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon reached over 820,000 units as of last month, just under New Super Mario Bros. U's 830,000 copies to date.
Microsoft didn't enjoy as much luck with the Xbox 360 last month, with hardware unit sales plummeting year-over-year from 203,000 to 107,000 units. That said, the Xbox 360 platform stil enjoyed the highest total retail spend at $178 million for hardware, software and accessories combined.
July 2013 US Games Industry Summary
Total Industry Sales - $443 million USD (-19%)
Console Hardware Sales - $99.4 million USD (-34%)
Console Software Sales - $210.1 million USD (-19%)
Total Software Sales - $222.3 million USD (-20%)
Accessory Sales - $133.4 million USD (-3%)
|1.||NCAA Football 14||Electronic Arts||PS3 / Xbox 360||07/2013|
|2.||Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition||Microsoft Game Studios||Xbox 360||05/2012|
|3.||The Last of Us||Sony Computer Entertainment America||PS3||06/2013|
|4.||Call of Duty: Black Ops II||Activision||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / PC||11/2012|
|5.||Animal Crossing: New Leaf||Nintendo||3DS||06/2013|
|6.||Far Cry 3||Ubisoft||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||05/2013|
|7.||Battlefield 3||Electronic Arts||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||10/2011|
|8.||Injustice: Gods Among Us||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U||04/2013|
|9.||NBA 2K13||Take-Two Interactive||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / Wii / PSP / PC||10/2012|
|10.||LEGO Batman 2||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / Wii / PSV / 3DS / DS / PC||06/2012|