NPD Group has released its monthly industry sales report and overall video game sales are trending upwards. Total video game spending rose seven percent from June 2016. Hardware and software sales increased compared to last year, but spending on accessories saw a decline. The PlayStation 4 was the best-selling console of the month and year to date, hardware spending has grown 19 percent compared to 2016 with the Nintendo Switch being the catalyst for the growth. Spending on portable hardware has declined, though it’s unclear if the Switch is considered a home or portable console.
Software sales only increased by one percent compared to last year. Tekken 7 was the best-selling game of the month and even without counting digital sales, Nintendo was able to claim three of the top 10 slots with Arms, Breath of the Wild, and Mario Kart 8. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was the number four best-selling game, which is an impressive feat considering the game was only out during the last two days of June.
NPD Top 20 Games For May 2017
- Tekken 7
- Injustice 2
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Mario Kart 8
- NBA 2K17
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III
- MLB 17: The Show
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Battlefield 1
- The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind
- FIFA 17
- Forza Horizon 3
Tekken 7 didn’t make a huge splash in our office (though Suriel did enjoy it) which is why I am surprised to see it at the number one spot. I guess people have really been jonesing for a new Tekken game. I am also glad to see Arms high on the list. Fervor surrounding the game has already died down, especially with Splatoon 2 releasing tomorrow, but I have been enjoying the game so I am glad to see it appears to have found an audience.