The NPD Group's monthly report card for U.S. retail sales is in, and June 2014 was looking good with sales up 24 percent year-over-year. Total sales at retail rang in at around $736.4 million USD, with console hardware sales up a whopping 106 percent to $292.7 million. So much for momentum slowing down for the PS4 and Xbox One even months after launch.
While we can imagine the new, lower pricing for the Xbox One (which brings it in line with the PS4) played its part in spurring hardware sales to the impressive level reported, Microsoft's console still couldn't dethrone Sony's PS4 which by NPD's reckoning remained the bestselling home console for last month. NPD analyst Liam Callahan confirms that sales for both platforms combined were 80 percent higher than their predecessors.
Monthly software sales dropped slightly by 3 percent year-over-year to $286.8 million on account of a lack of performing software following the launch of Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8 back in May. Both titles maintained their lead over all other titles at retail last month; Nintendo confirms that 470,000 copies of Mario Kart 8 sold last month (digital and physical combined), which certainly suggests that sales for Watch Dogs are just as impressive. It's worth noting that Watch Dogs' sales factored multiple platforms, so Mario Kart 8 would actually be the top-selling title for June on a single platform.
New releases like EA Sports UFC and Tomodachi Life also made a decent accounting for themselves. FIFA 14 also makes a fine comeback to the software top ten, no doubt thanks to World Cup 2014 fever.
|1.||Watch Dogs||Ubisoft||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||05/2014|
|2.||Mario Kart 8||Nintendo||Wii U||05/2014|
|3.||Minecraft||Microsoft Game Studios / Sony Computer Entertainment||Xbox 360 / PS3||05/2014|
|4.||EA Sports UFC||Electronic Arts||PS4 / Xbox One||06/2014|
|5.||FIFA 14||Electronic Arts||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / Vita||09/2013|
|6.||NBA 2K14||2K Games||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||10/2013|
|7.||Wolfenstein: The New Order||Bethesda Softworks||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||05/2014|
|8.||Call of Duty: Ghosts||Activision||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / PC||11/2013|
|10.||Grand Theft Auto V||Take 2 Interactive||PS3 / Xbox 360||09/2013|