ChartSpot: May 2010

April top performer Splinter Cell: Conviction drops out of NPD top-20 report as Capcom's Lost Planet 2 narrowly misses top 10.

Yesterday, the NPD Group released its US retail sales recap for May, revealing a software sales column that contained bittersweet news. On the one hand, game sales grew 4 percent from a year prior to $466.3 million. On the other hand, that 4 percent climb was substantially below analysts' expectations of double-digit gains.

Lost Planet 2 was frozen out of the top 10.

The top performer for the month was Take-Two's Red Dead Redemption, which combined to sell more than 1.5 million units on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Other games fared worse than expected, as Super Mario Galaxy 2 shifted just 563,900 units during the month and UFC 2010 lived up to downplayed expectations, selling just over 400,000 units on Microsoft's and Sony's consoles.

Today, NPD offered an expanded look at May's software sales charts, revealing the fate of two of the more high-profile releases during the month that failed to crack the top 10. Capcom's Lost Planet 2, which received a critical drubbing following its May 11 launch, managed an 11th-place finish on the Xbox 360, though the PS3 version failed to make the top 20. United Front Games' PS3-exclusive ModNation Racers also turned in a lackadaisical performance, moving into the top 20 at 18th.

Notably, April's chart-topping Xbox 360-exclusive Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction failed to surface in the top 20. However, a handful of other top performers from last month did, including Pokemon HeartGold (13th), God of War III (14th), Just Dance (15th), Super Street Fighter IV (17th), and Wii Sports Resort (20th).

TOP 20 US NON-PC GAMES - MAY 2010
RANK / LAST MONTH / TITLE / PLATFORM / PUBLISHER / RELEASE DATE / SALES*
** / 1 / Red Dead Redemption / X360 / Take-Two / May-10 / 945,900
** / 2 / Red Dead Redemption / PS3 / Take-Two / May-10 / 567,100
** / 3 / Super Mario Galaxy 2 / Wii / Nintendo / May-10 / 563,900
** / 4 / UFC 2010: Undisputed 2010 / X360 / THQ / May-10 / 221,100
** / 5 / UFC 2010: Undisputed 2010 / PS3 / THQ / May-10 / 192,300
8 / 6 / Wii Fit Plus w/ Balance Board / Wii / Nintendo / Oct-09
3 / 7 / New Super Mario Bros. Wii / Wii / Nintendo / Nov-09
** / 8 / Alan Wake / X360 / Microsoft / May-10
2 / 9 / Pokemon SoulSilver / DS / Nintendo / Mar-10
** / 10 / Skate 3 / X360 / EA / May-10
** / 11 / Lost Planet 2 / X360 / Capcom / May-10
13 / 12 / New Super Mario Bros. / DS / Nintendo / May-06
4 / 13 / Pokemon HeartGold / DS / Nintendo / Mar-10
5 / 14 / God of War III / PS3 / Sony / Mar-10
9 / 15 / Just Dance / Wii / Ubisoft / Nov-09
18 / 16 / Mario Kart Wii w/ Wheel / Wii / Nintendo / Apr-08
10 / 17 / Super Street Fighter IV / PS3 / Capcom / Apr-10
** / 18 / ModNation Racers / PS3 / Sony / May-10
16 / 19 / Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / X360 / Activision Blizzard / Nov-09
6 / 20 / Wii Sports Resort / Wii / Nintendo / Jul-09

* = Sales only available for top 10 SKUs

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Discussion

101 comments
entong
entong

UFC 2010, is it worth the 60 bucks?

entong
entong

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aaronemilio
aaronemilio

join my camp on ufc add as friend, GT-aaronemilio

OrNiGhTZ
OrNiGhTZ

I like the games equally already though , but if you're gonna make productivity I sugest you follow the gamers instincts.!

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

Red Dead Redemption and God of War III deserve more sales.

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

insult lost planet 2? thats just ridiculous, its definately one of the best 3rd person shooters on the market, and its not right for gamespot to criticize it because they dont know how to play it.

wrekk8
wrekk8

@ tonymedhurst yeah it is a bad thing. gta used to be an awesome franchise but after vice city, it kinda went downhill imo. then after that we had a sudden influx of sandbox games that just re-hashed ideas like crackdown etc. plus gta4 being the worst gta game. so yeah it is a bad thing because red dead doesnt really have anything original in it. flame me or thumbs down this comment if you like, it will just show that people on gs forums just eat up everything that gs says. you people havent realised that they, along with ign are being paid big money to plug the big games like red dead. which is why i didnt trust the reviews of galaxy 2. that game isnt perfect but it is damn good and should be top!

TheSnowmanSaint
TheSnowmanSaint

Half those games on that list are more deserving then Red Dead Redemption. It's just GTA4 with Western antics. Seriously, anyone who says otherwise really you are blind. I sold my copy a week and a half into it lol So boring. It has Rockstar on it, so it sell's. Reminds me of CoD freaks.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

@silverdoe It's actually exclusive gang hideout content too. I have both a 360 and ps3, xbox live party is nice but it's not necessary with the posse system in RDR.

Phooey442
Phooey442

@Kan0nF0dder trust me understand it isnt the first one but compared to alot of games out there its decent. People switching to battlefield is nothing but good news to me..its a bad ass game. :)

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@DBSK009 Are you kidding me? I wasn't saying that 4 should be IIII not IV, I was saying that IIII is used for the number 4 on numeral clocks.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

@rndllck I think you're wrong. I think RDR will outsell SmG2 in the long run.

rndllck
rndllck

@x-2tha-z clearly you missed my point SMG2 will outsell RDR2 easily, both versions combined will not be half as many SMG2's sold. Will that happen this month probably not but by January of next year it will. Nintendo knows this, so does everyone else and now you can say you do as well. Mario never dissapoints, games like RDR2 are one pump chumps but Mario can last for months.

Kan0nF0dder
Kan0nF0dder

@Phooey442 Yeah, the hate for MW2 has nothing to do with the fact that it's multiplayer is inferior to the original MW in every possible way. It lacks balance, takes almost no skill to play (hence many MP fan moving on the Bad Company 2), DLC is crazy expensive and the best of it is the maps from the original MW (LOL), 90% of the time whoever spots who first wins - not the case with MW if you had some skill, don't even get me strated on the killstreaks, it's a campers dream....I could go on and on here, the game is straight up BAD and deserves the hate. There is absoultely no comparison with the emo scene or anything like that, the game just sucks. Then there's activision and Kotick....I mean, damn.

Phooey442
Phooey442

people love to hate the popular stuff nowadays (MW2) guess its why the whole gay emo i wanna be different but dont realize im just being the same crap started......love is pain

Goriza
Goriza

Lost Planet 2 is horrible i doesn't deserve the 11 place.

MatrixRE
MatrixRE

Hey! GAMESPOT, How does GoW4 end. Is Kratos back? Or is it his Twin Brother or what? Let me know. Im dying here.

DBSK009
DBSK009

@Toysoldier34 umm your wrong lol. if it was meant to be GoW 4, the the roman numerals would be IV

DBSK009
DBSK009

lol mario is always a contender

faseli
faseli

"Red Dead Redemption is top because it is unique. Don't say that it isn't because it's like GTA. Yes, it is like GTA, but how many other games are there that take place in the wild west? Answer: Red Dead Revolver and Call of Juarez. That is it." Gun, Outlaws, Sunset Riders, Mad Dog Macree, Custer's Revenge, Lethal Enforcers II, Wild Arms, Cowboy Kid, Gun Smoke, Helldorado. Yeah there is hardly any, though I would recommend Outlaws, it was published by Lucasarts on PC and was most excellent.

hememi
hememi

Super mario galaxy 2 and rdr are the best and that luckily shows

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

whats up with MW2.Every body says its crappy then why is it in the top twenty.maybe people dont know what they are buying

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

@rndllck SMG2 was released on May 23rd RDR was released on May 18th. RDR only had slightly longer at retail. The Wii has a much bigger userbase than 360 and PS3 yet SMG2 was outsold by a RDR. Nearly twice as many 360 copies of RDR were sold than SMG2 on Wii. SMG2's sales are disappointing.

taino1128
taino1128

Red Dead Redemption is top because it is unique. Don't say that it isn't because it's like GTA. Yes, it is like GTA, but how many other games are there that take place in the wild west? Answer: Red Dead Revolver and Call of Juarez. That is it.

wjcraft1s
wjcraft1s

@secondguess213 yeah, i completely agree with you. i gave it two good tries, i just couldn't get into it. @swamptick Duh, there is more Xbox owners. Wii and Xbox will always top the charts.

swamptick
swamptick

Another month, another example of the Xbox 360 topping the sales charts.

secondguess213
secondguess213

Red dead redemption is selling like wild fire...WOW i never really saw that game as something great. Just grand theft auto in the wild west

TonyMedhurst
TonyMedhurst

@wrekk8 ...you say that like it's a bad thing.

rndllck
rndllck

@x-2tha-z You know SMG2 released towards the end of May and these figures are just for the month of May. Remember nintendo wins from sustained sales thats why MarioKart Wii has sold over 20 million copies. Nobody beats Mario! lol

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Makes me wonder what kind of world we live in when Wii Fit beats out Alan Wake. Disturbing. At least Pokemon (x2) didn't. Don't know if I could bear it if that had happened.

wrekk8
wrekk8

why is red dead still top? havent people realised its just gta with horses

F-14-D_TOMCAT
F-14-D_TOMCAT

@ shooters125: Hey Rip van Winkle have you been living under a rock for the past decade ? GOW4 came out this year for the new ps4 console. Another new release is COD Modern Warfare 9 but exclusive to the xbox-720, but I would not recomend it coz its single player campaign is now less than 1 hour long.

shooters125
shooters125

Woah God of War IIII? Did I oversleep 2-3 years? Man I got some game catching up to do here. Might as well pick up Mass Effect 3 and Demon's Souls 2 while Im at it.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

How many Wii's have been sold? Over 60 million? Wow. SMG2's sales are disappointing. This shows how much of the Wii's userbase is only interested in Wii Sports and Just Dance.

pedrof2
pedrof2

Well... according to the charts gamers sure know what are the best games! :P Still i'm surprised to see that lost planet 2 got so far... it's one of those games that your supposed to get for free when you buy a new gfx card.

tbs76
tbs76

I think Microsoft and Sony need a game with an old fat plumber in it. It seems like anything with Mario in the name always sells no matter if its good or not.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@TheTwilightGMR You don't think I seriously thought they put down God of War 4 do you, hence the lol? By the way look at any clock that has Roman Numerals and study it well yourself because you just proved you never have. You will see that "IIII" certainly does mean something. I know my Roman Numerals quite well and you must be rather slow to come off saying that and truly mean it, Go back to IGN and get out of here.

dretos_uchiha
dretos_uchiha

Parents are still buying there kids mw2 no price drops or coupons whats next headsets and modded controllers

Nobri
Nobri

Wow...God of War made over 1000 games that I haven't heard of...

arcadianobr
arcadianobr

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Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Mario has three core games and a spin-off in the Top 20 at the SAME TIME. That boggles the mind. Also nice to see ModNation crack the Top 20. It's actually a better game than Mario Kart Wii (more skill-based and less random) and has a ton of charm.

casual48
casual48

how the hell is that over-hyped pile of crap MW2 still up there

gene548
gene548

these top 20 seems fair in a way i guess

zzamaro
zzamaro

Gow of War 4 is not out yet and it's already selling like hotcakes :D lol