April 2010 didn't end up being so hot with a double-digit drop in overall industry revenue, and unfortunately the best May's results could do was deliver a (far) softer blow. The NPD Group's monthly sales report for May highlights a five percent year-on-year decline in industry revenue, though analyst Anita Frazier notes that it certainly isn't the worst May result they have on record.
May 2010 US Games Industry Summary
Total Sales - $823.5 million USD (-5%)
Hardware Sales - $241.5 million USD (-20%)
Software Sales - $466.3 million USD (+4%)
Accessory Sales - $115.7 million USD (+3%)
A whopping twenty percent year-on-year drop in console hardware sales helped stymie the month of May, even with sales that compared well to April 2010. The rankings have not changed since April, though Nintendo's Wii did do quite a bit better while the DS fared slightly worse. Both of Nintendo's hardware platforms still managed to break 300,000 in units sales; Microsoft and Sony's consoles unfortunately couldn't muster hardware sales of over 200,000 units individually.
|3.||Microsoft Xbox 360||194,600||1,473,200||20,304,190|
|4.||Sony PlayStation 3||154,500||1,286,200||12,414,500|
|5.||Sony PlayStation Portable||59,400||478,300||16,134,900|
Offsetting the dreary console hardware sales dip is the slighty improved scene over in console software, with many new titles populating NPD's top ten chart. Hyped titles launching back in the month of May included Red Dead Redemption, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Alan Wake, and UFC 2010: Undisputed. The combined software unit sales for Red Dead Redemption across both the Xbox 360 and PS3 easily trounced competing titles, making it the top-selling game for the month of May. Red Dead Redemption's sales on the 360 alone were far higher than Super Mario Galaxy 2, the runner-up title. Both versions of THQ's UFC 2010 managed to round off the list of top five software.
The critically acclaimed Alan Wake didn't manage to fare as well as May's other newcomers, but still managed to squeeze itself into NPD's software top ten, coming ahead of Skate 3 (which also launched in May) and Pokémon SoulSilver. Yup, Silver is still the new Gold in the world of Pokémon.
|1.||Red Dead Redemption||Rockstar Games||Xbox 360||05/2010||945,900|
|2.||Red Dead Redemption||Rockstar Games||PS3||05/2010||567,100|
|3.||Super Mario Galaxy 2||Nintendo||Wii||05/2010||563,900|
|4.||UFC 2010: Undisputed||THQ||Xbox 360||05/2010||221,100|
|5.||UFC 2010: Undisputed||THQ||PS3||05/2010||192,300|
|6.||Wii Fit Plus||Nintendo||Wii||10/2009|
|7.||New Super Mario Bros. Wii||Nintendo||Wii||11/2009|
|8.||Alan Wake||Microsoft Game Studios||Xbox 360||05/2010|
|9.||Pokémon SoulSilver Version||Nintendo||DS||03/2010|
|10.||Skate 3||Electronic Arts||Xbox 360||05/2010|
Year-to-date, the industry continues to face a year-on-year decline. June's bigger releases include Transformers: War for Cybertron, LEGO Harry Potter, Singularity, and APB. Hopefully we won't have to wait much longer to find out how they all did last month!