ChartSpot: May 2009

New Super Mario Bros., Mario Kart DS, Call of Duty games round out NPD Group's top 20 accounting of month's non-PC retail software sales; World of Warcraft dominates PC charts.

Yesterday, the NPD Group reported on the gaming industry's US retail performance during May, revealing significantly contracting demand for hardware, software, and accessories. Still reeling from 2008's strong early-year lineup, May's software sales at retail fell off 17 percent to $448.9 million. The month wasn't without its success stories, as THQ's UFC Undisputed 2009 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 debuted strong with a combined 1 million units, while fellow newcomer EA Sports Active on the Wii sold 345,000 units.

US retail software sales took a beating in May.

The latter half of NPD's top 20 isn't without its surprises. Notably, the Xbox 360 edition of Activision's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare outsold its successor Call of Duty: World at War on the same platform during May, despite releasing some 12 months earlier.

The only new release in the bottom 20 was the Xbox 360 edition of Ascaron Entertainment's Sacred 2: Fallen Angel. (X-Men Origins: Wolverine released during NPD's April reporting period, though its official street date was May 1.) Other charting titles include a variety of mass-market games, including New Super Mario Bros., Mario Kart DS, Gardening Mama, and Gold's Gym Cardio Workout.

[UPDATE] On Monday, NPD offered a look at the PC side of the retail sales equation, offering a list of the top 20 desktop titles for the month of May. Unsurprisingly, Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King led PC retail sales during May. In fact, three of the top four games of the month were set in Blizzard's massively multiplayer online role-playing game, with the WOW: Battle Chest and original WOW placing just behind EA's The Sims 2 Double Deluxe.

TOP-SELLING SOFTWARE SKUs - MAY 2009
Last Month / Rank / Title / Publisher / Units**
* / 1) UFC 2009 Undisputed (X360) / THQ / 679,600
1 / 2) Wii Fit w/ Balance Board (Wii) / Nintendo / 352,800
* / 3) EA Sports Active (Wii) / EA / 345,800
* / 4) UFC 2009 Undisputed (PS3) / THQ / 334,400
* / 5) Infamous (PS3) / SCEA / 175,900
2 / 6) Pokemon Platinum (DS) / Nintendo / 168,900
3 / 7) Mario Kart Wii with Wheel (Wii) / Nintendo / 158,300
* / 8) Punch-Out!! (Wii) / Nintendo / 156,900
* / 9) X-Men Origins: Wolverine (X360) / Activision Blizzard / 120,700
4 / 10) Wii Play w/ Remote (Wii) / Nintendo / 109,800
7 / 11) New Super Mario Bros. (DS) / Nintendo
8 / 12) Mario Kart DS (DS) / Nintendo
* / 13) X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PS3) / Activision Blizzard
* / 14) Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (X360) / Activision Blizzard
* / 15) Gardening Mama (DS) / Majesco
* / 16) Sacred 2: Fallen Angel (X360) / CDV Software
17 / 17) Call of Duty: World at War (X360) / Activision Blizzard
13 / 18) Rhythm Heaven (DS) / Nintendo
* / 19) Halo 3 (X360) / Microsoft
* / 20) Gold's Gym Cardio Workout (Wii) / Ubisoft

TOP-SELLING PC SOFTWARE - MAY 2009***
Last Month / Rank / Title / Publisher
1 / 1) World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Activision Blizzard
2 / 2) The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / Electronic Arts
3 / 3) World of Warcraft: Battle Chest / Activision Blizzard
6 / 4) World of Warcraft / Activision Blizzard
5 / 5) Empire: Total War / Sega
11 / 6) Spore / Electronic Arts
7 / 7) Left 4 Dead / Electronic Arts
10 / 8) The Sims 2 Apartment Life / Electronic Arts
* / 9) Fallout Trilogy 3 Pack / Interplay
13 / 10) Starcraft: Battle Chest / Activision Blizzard
14 / 11) World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade / Activision Blizzard
8 / 12) DemiGod / Stardock
* / 13) Reel Deal Slots Adventure / Phantom EFX
16 / 14) Sim City Box / Electronic Arts
18 / 15) Fallout 3 / Bethesda Softworks
9 / 16) Diablo Battle Chest / Activision Blizzard
* / 17) Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion GOTY Edition / 2K Games
12 / 18) Warcraft III Battle Chest / Activision Blizzard
15 / 19) Warhammer 40,000: Dawn Of War II / THQ
4 / 20) Company Of Heroes: Tales Of Valor / THQ

* = Not in Top 20 last month
** = Figures include Collector's Editions and non-hardware bundles.
*** = The above chart reflects the NPD Group's PC sales data drawn from a cross-sampling of retailers nationwide. Therefore, it does not include game sales through nontraditional channels such as digital distribution.

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kingNael96
kingNael96

halo 3 is no match for call of duty

infamous13579
infamous13579

call of duty 4 is so so so much better than halo 3

baltimoreos06
baltimoreos06

call of duty 4 is still selling. way better then weak halo 3

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

Reel Deal Slots Adventure? :? Get with the times NPD - might be time to start looking at those online sales when things like that are nearing the top 10

ngamer8
ngamer8

halo 3 hasnt consistently been in the top 20... whats actually impressive are wii fit, and the mario karts. especially mario kart ds

Folleyrules
Folleyrules

Sacred 2 is the most under rated game on the list. If you like RPGS pick it up!

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

I love how Halo3 still charts in the Top 20 :)

RockmanSRD
RockmanSRD

It's nice to see Sacred 2 getting in there. The first one was amazing... As I progress through the second one, I'm starting to feel the same way about it. It just doesn't get as much attention as it should. Infamous also deserves its spot, great game there.

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

Dante2710. Yeah especially since Punch out failed to sell as well as Nintendo hoped.

scarface_dm
scarface_dm

I dont think the halo3 sells are from the elite bundle, Im sure if those sells were included it would be much higher

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

@thadea82-its bundled with an elite....

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

Halo 3 sells because a lot of people associate it with the 360 so its a buy when they get a console

scarface_dm
scarface_dm

What the hell are PS3 users doing with there console cuze it looks like they aighnt playing games.....First Killzone2 now infamous jeez

Its_a_me_luigi
Its_a_me_luigi

I'm really mad about this list. 4 of the 11 Nintendo games are good. Also, W@W is a cheap attempt at someone trying to copy Infinity Ward's COD formula. Also, Halo owns all! It's a way of life. There are like a hundred+ modes, you can customize maps, the maps are NOTHING alike, the weapons are nothing alike unlike COD where you get 4 different guns that look the same and the only Difference is the name, and it's much more fun! You can play live with one of your friends while their at your house against a different friend, watch your games, customize a map, and do ANYTHING. Halo series (more 2 and 3 because they're live enabled) are the greatest games EVER

Wikipedian
Wikipedian

Agree with everything exept Wii Play.

palkia19
palkia19

pokemon platinum is a really great game must buy

jagus12
jagus12

Holy s***! Halo 3 is still selling that much?

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

So proud of you GS to be posting the top 20! Keep it up every month now!

Kokuro_Kun
Kokuro_Kun

i laugh how modern warfare out-did World at war. Tells me people are ready for MW2. Good job UFC, i look forward to renting you.

gedbyz
gedbyz

If people want to get fit, standing infront of a TV screen is not going to help them. I have no clue how Wii fit got that spot. Spanishfle12-you are exactly what I am talking about. I have an Idea that will get you more fit than this game, go run some laps. Ill even time you. And don't ask me where to run, just go find a place.

spartan----117
spartan----117

LMAO @ 19 What the hell? Halo 3 is still selling like that?

formerroadie
formerroadie

Killzone 2 Rules and those who haven't bought it, drool.

boolites911
boolites911

that UFC picture looks a little fruity.

rp108
rp108

Where is Killzone 2? Looks like its a flop.

Spanishflea12
Spanishflea12

Hey Jasongm, Wii fit is technically a game because its not JUST a training/exercise simulator. It also has balance games and other things to do besides getting into shape. Im a hardcore gamer and I bought wii fit the second week it released.

jasongm
jasongm

Well the wii fit is selling because of the "none hardcore gamer" & its not really a game but an excercise training simulator. People who buy the wii fit are none gamers really, & this should not be listed as a "game", because it really isnt..

KillbombX
KillbombX

UFC is very meh to me. Be glad when Tekken 6 comes out later this year.

swrdof1000trths
swrdof1000trths

I was hoping Chinatown Wars would somehow make it on here.

ZeroXraven
ZeroXraven

I'm really suprised that Mario Kart DS is still one of the best selling games...wow...I still play it almost everyday to be honest and have had it since it released haha...amazing game

Flint247
Flint247

COD4 was better than CODWAW.

Metroid827
Metroid827

Hm. COD4 sold better than COD WaW in May? That's kind of strange, but maybe they'll lower the price of World at War.

DrunkenGoon
DrunkenGoon

I was just playing UFC Undisputed last night for something like 6 hours straight.. It is such an addictive game with over 80 fighters you don't get bored quickly either.. I'm glad its doing so well and I hope they plan on releasing some downloadable content for the game..

mylsd
mylsd

Nintendo rules the charts again :) .... oh Flipyap28 ... I'm a 360 owner & I don't have a single Halo game and I don't plan on ever buying one

Flipyap28
Flipyap28

There isn't one 360 owner who seems to not have Halo yet, lol. Watch how well ODST does :D Although to be honest, these sales are boring, the same wii rubbish we get every year

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

I think I gotta get my hand on UFC now. :P

HershalCrusto
HershalCrusto

UFC undisputed it awesome, I can't even play any other games right now. Love to see that it has done this well, especially on their first try at the game.

Pete5506
Pete5506

wow I'm glad that UFC is doing well

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

UFC is the best fighting game I have ever played. Over 20 years as a gamer and it has me into it more then any other game I have played.

cid_007
cid_007

I just love that Gold's gym game....not! Here's a revelation...maybe those Wii-ers should actually go to the gym and work out, instead of pretending to in a virtual Wii-workout!

Inconnux
Inconnux

Im gonna go pick up punch out :) that game looks like tons of fun.

PatchMaster
PatchMaster

Go buy Infamous and Punch-Out!! Congrats to UFC though.

Hickamie14
Hickamie14

Cod 4 outsold W@W. Wow. I think that's a testament to the games quality considering the fact that it has had worse post launch support than most games on the market (and its been out for nearly 20 months now). However, the price drop and the hub-bub over Modern Warfare 2 definitely helped.

metalkid9
metalkid9

modern warfare is in the list probably cuz they dropped the price on it by 10 bucks or something. But I can't believe UFC sold that much. congrats!

crimped
crimped

summer months/recession - not to bad of a month for games.

tajirinere
tajirinere

@SirSpoon84 really?! Nazi zombies for a 'Mordern Warfare Game', Really?!! no PSP games and only 3 ps3 games, bad month for sony overall, modest show for 360 and Nintendo is still burning money cigars. i cant believe Halo is still selling copies. there is not a wii title on the list i like and for the love of god who plays Pokemon?