Mario Kart 8 Was Best-Selling SKU in US for June, Watch Dogs Best-Selling Overall

The June 2014 NPD data is out today, and both Nintendo and Ubisoft came out with impressive sales.

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:

  1. Watch Dogs (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PC) -- Ubisoft
  2. Mario Kart 8 (NWU) -- Nintendo
  3. Minecraft (360, PS3) -- Microsoft | Sony
  4. UFC (PS4, XBO) -- Electronic Arts
  5. FIFA 14 (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PSV) -- Electronic Arts
  6. NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC) -- Take 2 Interactive
  7. Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC) -- Bethesda Softworks
  8. Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, NWU, PC) -- Activision Blizzard
  9. Tomodachi Life (3DS) -- Nintendo
  10. 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."

How many of June's top-selling games did you end up buying?

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97 comments
wespunk
wespunk

if it wasn't for snack pack  a gamer would starve ,and gamers go wacko  for Mario I love Nintendo for fun you know what fun means gamers of course you don't , hard corers with your shiny graphics and  multi million dollar  pcs . hale to  Nintendo  which started it all in the1980s

JReefer1
JReefer1

I haven't bought none of June's top selling games but I want to comment on Mario Kart selling over 500,000 thousand copies...I thought Nintendo was on it's death bed, but if there are at least 1 million Wii U owners out there that is not a bad thing...just from reading articles and visiting Gamestop it seemed that nobody, and I do mean nobody, was buying a Wii U ! But how can you sell over a half a million copies of a game without a system to play it on?

hermitkiller
hermitkiller

Why can't this be on pc, oh why??!!!

Better graphics, better framerate, better online.

PC is best in every department.

WillyChong
WillyChong

Congrat Doggies, your shitty game got top sale!

Martyr77
Martyr77

Not really a fan of Mario Kart but congrats regardless.

pops4657
pops4657

Only if Nintendo came out with a true next gen console that plays next gen third party games I will cross over in a heartbeat

sanchango
sanchango

Not sure if there is an article out on this yet, but Best buy is doing a buy 1 get 1 free sale on the 20th(and the rest of that week) for select 3DS games. 
The 3ds games offered are:
Pokemon X/Y
Bravely Default
Tomodachi Life
Mario Party: Island Tour
Mario Golf: World Tour

Kirby Triple Deluxe
Yoshi's New Island

The Legend of Zelda: A link between worlds
Disney Magical World


Coco_pierrot
Coco_pierrot

I beleive that MK8 is really a system seller, this is nice for Nintendo especially since they said the majority of the sell came from the bundle. it is nice and all and I also get cought up in that wave and now I regret it a little bit. Sure MK8 is fun but everything else isn't that compelling. I actually prefer the 3DS. I may end up sellng the Wii U.

deezdgbt
deezdgbt

Watch Dogs sells more than Mario Kart 8. This tells you EVERYTHING that is wrong with gamers today.

charlesswann
charlesswann

Microsoft wants to remind you that xbox one is still #1 in the size and weight category. 

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

Minecraft is really really stunning if this goes on up to next year it seems to easily achieve a 100 millions milestone and we will have another unique world record as being an indie title. Hey Notch what have you done man.

hermitkiller
hermitkiller

Let's make petition for this to come on pc.


RyogaRod
RyogaRod

Nice to see Mario Kart 8 doing so well. It's a great looking game, and it's really fun. Nintendo keep up the momentum!

snkcapcom411
snkcapcom411

All we are playing in our house right now are Mario Kart 8 and Watch Dogs (PS4) with a side of inFAMOUS: Second Son, Super Mario 3D World, Killzone: Shadow Fall and GTAV.

Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8 are both great games. Money well spent.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Minecraft is becoming like Star Citizen, in that I wonder how it can still make so much money after so long. Star Citizen gets million after million and the pledge/backer average remains steady at roughly 100 dollars, which is huge for something with about 500 000 backers. As a non-backer, I haven't seen much coverage about it, so what are people paying for? Minecraft has existed in different versions for several years and there are obviously still loads of people who still haven't played it and only just now have purchased a copy. Minecraft is good, but I wouldn't say it's as good as the chart implies and this is after all the last-gen versions with their limitations and no mods.

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

One or two big games does not a successful system make, Nintendo. You need to have quite a few more big hitters coming in the next year (and more besides just a few big games imo)...

rarerichz
rarerichz

lol people think ubisoft made a big sell off watch dogs, thats nothing , nintendo made an exclusive and managed to sell almost as much as watch dogs and on top of it. its for their console only made by them so all the money goes to them while ubisoft had to pay microsoft and sony and steam.

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

Congrats Nintendo!

Great games sell consoles.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

good mario kart 8 is great. actually fun to play online to

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

After MK on SNES and the N64 i stopped caring for that franchise.

My most frustrating moments comes from these games lol

But its great story for Nintendo and i hope this encourages them to take more risks on bringing more games out for the Wii U.

The annoncement of Star Fox brought my attention back and if Nintendo tells that they are making a true sequel to Super Metroid,i will be on the Nintendo boat again :-)

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

"Long Tail"

Those words...I don't think they mean what he thinks that means.

jcweller79
jcweller79

@pops4657 Wii U is true Next Gen but not in the conventional sense and not in a way that most people comprehend. most people define Next Gen as being prettier pictures and that's all. that's pretty one dimensional thinking. Next Gen is being new, different and thinking outside of the box as well as just pretty pictures and faster processors. Wii U has a place in this Gen. the only reason why 3rd parties games don't run well or look better on Wii U is down to lack of experience coding for the machine, Wii U is actually quite a powerful little beast. it can make very pretty pictures too ya'know. devs at the moment are being naughty, they are just dumping code straight to Wii U hoping it will run a game that was developed for 360 or PS3 and that's just not going to happen, the Wii U architecture doesn't work that way, it was almost reverse engineered compared to industry standards of console engineering. Wii U has a GPGPU at the heart of it's 3 cores which the machine relies upon to do all the leg work where as the older machies relied more on CPU heavily, hence why frame rates often suffer on 3rd Party Wii U ports, they just need more time with the machine and to stop being lazy. (which will happen only when 360/PS3 are confined to history) until the shitty ports will remain, games need to be reworked from the ground up or built solely with Wii U architecture in mind for games to work as they are intended. if that's done properly then you'll see the Wii U is far superior graphically compared with Last Gen consoles

zeldafan195
zeldafan195

@pops4657 "Cross over"? Is that implying that you already got a "next gen" system? Because if that's the case, your argument makes no sense at all. If you already own a system with strong 3rd party support, why would that be a selling point for you on the Wii U?

sonicblast19
sonicblast19

@pops4657 Define next-gen!The PS4 and XBOX one ain't that "ext-gen" either if you look at the graphics and performance and they are not next-gen at all when it comes to innovation in how you play games,hell the WiiU is the most next-gen of the three since it has great exclusives and the gamepad does offer new possibilities for gameplay,imagine a game like GTA 5 on it wih you seeing what all characters are doing in real time on the gamepad.

WillyChong
WillyChong

@deezdgbt Can't argue with that, people are desperate to play Ubisoft Doggy games, which sucks! I know the mechanic is ok so so and all, but the characters, man the main character wants me to make him jump off the building, get run over by car, run over by train, anything to kill the bastard! The MC of this game is the kind of character western gamer loves but eastern gamer puke on!

sanchango
sanchango

@deezdgbt you're looking at this incorrectly. A multiplat is 1st while an exclusive is second. The fact that it's in second proves that it's actually doing good! :D

Akijo
Akijo

@deezdgbt Watch Dogs is sold on 5 platform, of course it will sell more. For MK8 to reach 2nd place being on only 1 platform it's pretty good

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

@3dmatrixgamer  I totally agree with even though Minecraft is not my thing, but this is kind of great for the industry.

dom28
dom28

@snkcapcom411 Please...don't lump everyone into your personal opinion about which games are good and which aren't, cuz i can tell you right now, watch dogs and killzone would never see the light of day in my house. In my opinion, anyone who thinks watch dogs is money well spent, has no idea how to spend their money in the first place.

snkcapcom411
snkcapcom411

Did you see the E3?

Hyrule Warriors

Yoshi's Wooly World

Super Smash Bros

Star Fox

Mario Maker

Zelda

Capt Toad

Watch Dogs

Bayonetta 2

Splatoon

Kirby Rainbow Curse

Devil's Third

Xenoblade Chronicles: X

Celsius765
Celsius765

@amaneuvering the same can be said of Sony/MS so I'm not seeing your point

Hurvl
Hurvl

@DarkJedi8_basic I think that's the Dark Side of Word Association that makes you say that. Video game company executive isn't a very sexy position, so I bet the context isn't sexual either.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@Celsius765 True, but the other two got off to a much better start than the Wii U. They're also not even a year old yet so they wouldn't be expected to have that many big titles. Things will continue to pick up for the Wii U though. They won't sell the most consoles this generation but it'll still be at least a moderate success in the end.