US Game Sales Drop 25% – May 2013 (IGN.com)

So why the huge drop in gaming sales? I have a suggestion: MMO(RP)Gs.

If you look at the market share of F2P and subscription MMO(RP)Gs for May, you can see a giant spike – particularly by RIFT. Last month, RIFT was by far the most played game on Raptr, jumping over 6% from April. In fact, 6 of the top 20 games on Raptr are MMO(RP)Gs, up from only two in March and three in April. In total, they accounted for a massive jump to 15.4% of all games played (up from under 5% in March). Why buy a new game when the one you’re playing is fun AND free (or at least only $15/month)? Sure beats shelling out another $40-$70 for only 10-20 hours of solo story!

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Injustice Tops US Sales Charts for Second Month

Game sales down 25% overall including hardware, software and accessories.

The NPD Group has revealed the top ten best-selling games in the United States for the month of May.

Total game sales for the month (including hardware, software and accessories) were $386.3 million, down 25% compared to last year. Software sales brought in $187.6 million, down 44% from the same month in 2012.

The best-selling titles in the United States for the period between May 5th and June 1st were the following:

  1. Injustice: Gods Among Us (360, PS3, NWU)**
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, PC, NWU)**
  3. Donkey Kong Country Returns (3DS, WII)
  4. Dead Island Riptide (360, PS3, PC)**
  5. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
  6. Metro: Last Light (360, PS3, PC)
  7. NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, WII, NWU, PSP, PC)**
  8. BioShock Infinite (360, PS3, PC)**
  9. Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC)**
  10. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (360, WII, NDS, PS3, 3DS, NWU, PSV, PC)

**(includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)

NPD analyst Liam Callahan reports that “Nintendo’s 3DS edged out the 360 as the top selling platform across hardware and portables. However, the 360 was the top selling console hardware platform this month for the twenty-ninth consecutive month. The 3DS had the best year-over-year trending for hardware units, with units sales essentially flat from last May.”

On the software side, Callahan notes that “overall entertainment software declines, down forty-four percent, were driven partly by sharp year-over-year declines within PC games due to poor comparisons to last year’s Diablo 3 release. Nintendo 3DS software unit sales were up sixty percent versus May ’12, and when looking at the game ranking based on SKUs” — in other words, individual games sold as opposed to combining sales across all platforms — “there were three 3DS SKUs in the top 10.”

Callahan added that “in May 2013, the top 10 games represented a lower percentage of sales compared to games from the previous few Mays at 18% of overall unit sales and 25% of overall dollars, compared to 30% of units and 45% of dollars in May 2012. This is contrary to trends we’ve been seeing over the last few years with the top ten games generating a larger percentage of overall sales and may be indicative of the weak new launch performance this May.”

On the accessories front, Callahan called 2013 the “best May for point and subscription card sales on record for both unit and dollar sales.” Skylanders accessory sales continue to grow, up nearly 50% in sales compared to last year. Callahan added that “as we often see accessory sales tied to hardware sales, May 2013 3DS Accessories (not including point cards) had the lowest decline across platforms, down only 2 percent.”

According to Microsoft, 114,000 Xbox 360s were sold in the U.S. in May, marking “the 29th consecutive month that Xbox 360 was the best-selling console in the United States.” (Note that Microsoft specifically says console, not including handhelds and accounting for 3DS being the best-selling hardware platform overall.) Consumers spent $149.8 million on Xbox 360 hardware, software and accessories in the U.S. in May.

Nintendo, meanwhile, reports that Nintendo 3DS was “the best-selling video game hardware platform in the United States in May” thanks to the success of Donkey Kong Country Returns and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. 3DS software sales were up 60% compared to the same period last year.

Original IGN Article

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