Now that E3 has come and gone, we gamers can finally get back to what really matters. You know, stuff like graphical comparisons, so we can nitpick every individual pixel of a game that looks 99% identical on multiple platforms. Or hardware and software sales, so we can mock our friends for enjoying some game that didn’t sell very well or even considering owning a console that’s not #1 in your respective region.
All kidding aside, NPD results for May are in and we’ve got the list below. As we’ve said before, actual numbers are not made available to the press from the NDP group anymore but they are still kind enough to give us a top ten list and a few other stats.
- L.A. Noire (360, PS3)
- Brink (360, PS3, PC)
- Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC)
- Portal 2 (360, PS3, PC)
- Mortal Kombat 2011 (PS3, 360)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PC)
- Zumba Fitness: Join the Party (Wii, 360, PS3)
- NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, PC)
- Just Dance 2 (Wii)
- Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Wii, NDS, 360, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC)
As far as hardware sales go, Microsoft is the only company to release their actual figures so far, which isn’t surprising when you consider their current position in the US. For the 11th time in the last 12 months, the Xbox 360 came in as the top selling console, moving 270,000 units.
When you look at the industry as a whole, it’s actual down a considerable margin when compared to last year. Dropping from $829.4 million in 2010 to $718.8 million this year, the majority of the slump can be blamed on a large decrease in software sales. While it’s impossible to predict for certain, the market is likely to regain some ground this fall when more big releases than I can even count hit store shelves.