Ubisoft earlier this month called dibs on the best new IP launch yet for the gaming industry with Watch Dogs, and its new action adventure title certainly had what it took to be the bestselling title in the U.S. during launch month by NPD's reckoning. Nintendo's Mario Kart 8 scored a convincing second place finish if its launch weekend sales were anything to go by. Mario Kart 8's performance is especially impressive considering it launched just two days before NPD's reporting cutoff.
According to the NPD Group, software which launched last month managed to score an 800 per cent year-over-year increase in dollar sales compared to May 2013's new releases. Total software sales last month rang in around $274 million USD. That's good news considering new releases occupyied much of NPD's software top ten for May 2014.
Monthly hardware sales meanwhile increased by 95 per cent to $187 million. Nintendo today boasted how Mario Kart 8's performance reinvigorationed Wii U hardware sales, while its 3DS managed to become the second bestselling game machine last month. The honor of bestselling console in the U.S. remained firmly with Sony's PlayStation 4, but the NPD Group notes that Vita hardware sales also managed to increase.
Overall retail spending last month increased 52 per cent year-over-year to $398 million.
|1.||Watch Dogs||Ubisoft||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||05/2014|
|2.||Mario Kart 8||Nintendo||Wii U||05/2014|
|3.||MLB 14: The Show||Sony Computer Entertainment||PS4 / PS3 / Vita||05/2014|
|4.||Wolfenstein: The New Order||Bethesda Softworks||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||02/2014|
|5.||Minecraft||Microsoft Game Studios / Sony Computer Entertainment||Xbox 360 / PS3||05/2014|
|6.||The Amazing Spider-Man 2||Activision||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / 3DS||04/2014|
|7.||NBA 2K14||2K Games||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||10/2013|
|8.||Titanfall||Electronic Arts||Xbox One / Xbox 360 / PC||03/2014|
|9.||Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Nintendo||3DS||05/2014|
|10.||Call of Duty: Ghosts||Activision||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / PC||11/2013|