The NPD Group's monthly industry sales report for June 2011 paint yet another a picture of year-on-year decline. PC and console hardware and software sales were down 10 percent compared to June 2010; in fact, it's practically double-digit year-on-year decline across the board.
Incidentally, while console software sales suffered the largest drop at 12 percent compared to the year before, there were plenty of bright spots for the games themselves. Troubled as its development was, L.A. Noire continues to be a strong performer at retail. In fact, Team Bondi and Rockstar's action-adventure proved to be the top selling game for the second month in a row.
It beat all newcomers in June, including Duke Nukem. Don't count the Duke out yet, though. Despite tepid critical reception and word of mouth, Duke Nukem Forever still sold enough to be the runner-up for bestseller in June. inFamous 2 followed in third place, a great debut for a PS3 exclusive.
Unfortunately, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D didn't fare quite as well at retail, and only just made NPD's software top five for June. The original N64 release was one of the highest rated software titles both for the platform and in general, so it's a little disappointing to see a relatively cooler reception for the 3DS port.
A handful of stalwarts released last year still remain on the software top ten, including (you guessed it) Call of Duty: Black Ops and... Just Dance 2. Ubisoft's rhythm action title may be dead last in the top ten, but you won't find the publisher complaining. In fact, Ubisoft today boasts that Just Dance 2 is officially the bestselling third party game for the Wii.
June 2011 US Games Industry Summary
Total Industry Sales - $1.03 billion USD (-10%)
Console Hardware Sales - $366.6 million USD (-9%)
Console Software Sales - $469.5 million USD (-12%)
Total Software Sales - $508.9 million USD (-10%)
Accessory Sales - $158.9 million USD (-11%)
|1.||L.A. Noire||Rockstar Games||PS3 / Xbox 360||05/2011|
|2.||Duke Nukem Forever||Take-Two Interactive||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||06/2011|
|3.||InFamous 2||Sony Computer Entertainment||PS3||06/2011|
|4.||LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean||Disney Interactive Studios||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / DS / 3DS / PSP / PC||05/2011|
|5.||The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D||Nintendo||3DS||06/2011|
|6.||Call of Duty: Black Ops||Activision||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC / Wii / DS||11/2010|
|7.||NBA 2K11||Take-Two Interactive||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC / Wii / PSP / PS2||10/2010|
|8.||Mortal Kombat||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment||PS3 / Xbox 360||04/2011|
|9.||Cars 2||Disney Interactive Studios||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC / Wii / DS||06/2011|
|10.||Just Dance 2||Ubisoft||Wii||10/2010|