While the PS4 topped US hardware sales charts again, the software winner in June was Nintendo. In a statement to GameSpot, Nintendo wrote, "[Mario Kart 8] was the top-selling physical software SKU in the U.S. in June, and sold more than 470,000 physical and digital units. This brings its lifetime total to more than 885,000 units in the U.S. alone."
June was light on new releases, and the NPD sales report notes that, "In terms of software titles, many of the top games in June 2014 mirrored those of May 2014, with six of the same games ranking in the top ten."
In terms of combined sales across all platforms, Watch Dogs came out on top. From the order of platforms provided by the NPD, Watch Dogs sold best on PS4, followed by Xbox 360, then Xbox One and PS3. Ubisoft noted earlier this month that the PS4 accounted for up the largest part of its game sales. Sony wrote in a statement, "The biggest next generation software titles, including Watch Dogs, UFC and FIFA 14, were #1 on PlayStation 4, further demonstrating that PS4 is the platform of choice for blockbuster games."
Note that the full top ten list below only encompasses physical retail sales for the US:
- Watch Dogs (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PC) -- Ubisoft
- Mario Kart 8 (NWU) -- Nintendo
- Minecraft (360, PS3) -- Microsoft | Sony
- UFC (PS4, XBO) -- Electronic Arts
- FIFA 14 (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PSV) -- Electronic Arts
- NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC) -- Take 2 Interactive
- Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC) -- Bethesda Softworks
- Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, NWU, PC) -- Activision Blizzard
- Tomodachi Life (3DS) -- Nintendo
- Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3) -- Take 2 Interactive
Following the strong performance of Mario Kart and the surprising strength of the new release Tomodachi Life, Nintendo responded with renewed optimism for its Wii U. "These results reinforce the power of the Mario Kart franchise and speak to a bright future for the Wii U platform," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "History has shown that Mario Kart games tend to have an extremely long tail. We fully expect Mario Kart 8 to continue to drive momentum for our hardware and software business through the holidays and into the foreseeable future."
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