Year-on-year revenue gains continue to escape the gaming industry for the month of June, by the NPD Group's reckoning. Their monthly sales report confirms a six percent year-on-year decline in industry revenue, which in fact is actually slightly worse than the five percent dip reported in the belated May breakdown. Note that the overall figures were still much higher than those reported for May, meaning July 2009 was another tough act to follow this year.
June 2010 US Games Industry Summary
Total Sales - $1.1 billion USD (-6%)
Hardware Sales - $401.7 million USD ( 5%)
Software Sales - $531.3 million USD (-15%)
Accessory Sales - $169.6 million USD ( 6%)
Console hardware sales bounced back in a big way, being the sole area of growth last month. The numbers are even better when compared to May 2010's depressing hardware sales. Every console platform enjoyed a healthy boost in unit sales, and the Xbox 360 even got bumped up a rank to become the second best-selling platform last month. Sales for both of Sony's platforms in particular nearly doubled.
|2.||Microsoft Xbox 360||451,700||1,924,900||20,755,890|
|4.||Sony PlayStation 3||304,800||1,591,000||12,719,300|
|5.||Sony PlayStation Portable||121,000||599,300||16,255,900|
Unfortunately, it was console software that let everyone down last month, to the point where it inherits the torch of double-digit sales decline previously held by hardware back in May. Most of the best-selling titles in the NPD Group's software top ten were released in May, with Red Dead Redemption still holding onto the crown as the top dog in town. Rockstar's wild west action adventure continued to sell much better on the 360 than on the PS3, though the gap between the 360 version of RDR and Nintendo's Super Mario Galaxy sequel is closing. Indeed, whereas RDR's sales dipped across both the 360 and PS3 last month compared to May, Super Mario Galaxy 2's unit sales remained fairly consistent. Make no mistake, the combined software unit sales for RDR across both the 360 and PS3 for the last two months is still nothing to sneeze at!
Alan Wake sadly dropped off the list entirely, unlike UFC 2010: Undisputed which barely managed make June's software top ten, on both its platforms. Pokémon SoulSilver also disappeared from the top ten altogether, and if it weren't for Toy Story 3's very decent showing, June wouldn't have a top-selling DS title. Another new June release which did well enough to land on the charts is the Wii version of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4.
|1.||Red Dead Redemption||Rockstar Games||Xbox 360||05/2010||582,900|
|2.||Super Mario Galaxy 2||Nintendo||Wii||05/2010||548,400|
|3.||Red Dead Redemption||Rockstar Games||PS3||05/2010||380,300|
|4.||New Super Mario Bros. Wii||Nintendo||Xbox 360||11/2009||200,900|
|6.||Wii Fit Plus||Nintendo||Wii||10/2009|
|7.||Toy Story 3||Disney Interactive Studios||DS||06/2010|
|8.||UFC 2010: Undisputed||THQ||Xbox 360||05/2010|
|9.||LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4||Warner Bros. Interactive||Wii||06/2010|
|10.||UFC 2010: Undisputed||THQ||PS3||05/2010|
Transformers: War for Cybertron either didn't sell well enough to even break in tenth place on the charts, or didn't make it in time for the deadline for NPD Group's June report. Perhaps we'll have a better idea once the July report goes live, but for sure we can look forward to seeing how well Crackdown 2 and the freshly launched Dragon Quest IX performed at retail by that time.