NPD: Injustice: Gods Among Us May's best-selling game in US

Fighting game the month's top-seller, followed by Black Ops II and Donkey Kong: Country Returns; total software sales slide 25 percent.

Injustice: Gods Among Us was the best-selling title in the United States during May, a month that saw steep overall industry declines, according to data published by the NPD Group today. The fighting game from Warner Bros. was also April's best-selling game in the US.

Rounding out the top five best-sellers were Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Donkey Kong: Country Returns, Dead Island: Riptide, and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.

Overall, total industry sales slid a significant 25 percent to $386.3 million. According to the NPD Group analyst Liam Callahan, however, this data represents only about half of the true consumer retail spend for the month.

"These sales figures represent new physical retail sales of hardware, software, and accessories, which account for roughly 50 percent of the total consumer spend on games," Callahan said in a statement.

"When taking into account our preliminary estimate for other physical format sales in May such as used and rentals at $91 million, and our estimate for digital format sales including full game and add-on content downloads including micro-transactions, subscriptions, mobile apps, and the consumer spend on social network games at $339 million, the total consumer spend in May is $787 million."

On the hardware front, total sales dropped 31 percent to $96 million. The Xbox 360 was the top-selling console platform for the 29th straight month, moving 114,000 units in the period (down from 270,000 last year). The 3DS posted the best year-over-year trend, Callahan said.

"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," Callahan said. "The 3DS had the best year-over-year trending for hardware units, with units sales essentially flat from last May."

Sony has not disclosed PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita sales for May.

As for software, this category saw the most precipitous fall, diving 44 percent to $187.6 million.

"Softness in new physical entertainment software sales stemmed from a decline in the number of new launches, with over 30 percent fewer new SKUs, as well as poor performance of the new SKUs that were released," Callahan said. "New SKUs generated over seventy percent less units on a per-SKU basis, and a decrease of over eighty percent revenue per SKU."

Nintendo 3DS software sales were a bright spot for the month, up 60 percent from May 2012. In addition, three 3DS titles factored into the top-ten chart for May.

"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 III release," Callahan said.

"In May 2013, the top 10 games represented a lower percentage of sales compared to games from the previous few Mays at 18 percent of overall unit sales and 25 percent of overall dollars, compared to 30 percent of units and 45 percent of dollars in May 2012," Callahan continued. "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."

The accessories category posted the smallest declines, falling only 6 percent to $115.3 million.

"This is best May for point and subscription card sales on record for both unit and dollar sales," Callahan said. "Year-to-date, Skylanders accessory sales are trending positively, up close to fifty percent in unit sales and sixty percent in dollars compared to last year."

MAY US GAME SALES (May 5-June 1, 2013)
OVERALL DOLLAR SALES
Total retail sales: $386.3 million (-25%)
Non-PC hardware: $96.0 million (-31%)
Non-PC software: $175.1 (-31%)
Accessories: $115.3 (-6%)
Total software: $187.6 million (-44%)

TOP 10 GAMES FOR June 2013
Title (Platforms) - Publisher

1. Injustice: Gods Among Us (X360, PS3, Wii U) - Warner Bros.
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360, PS3, PC, Wii U) - Activision Blizzard
3. Donkey Kong: Country Returns (3DS, Wii) - Nintendo
4. Dead Island: Riptide (X360, PS3, PC) - Deep Silver
5. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS) - Nintendo
6. Metro: Last Light (X360, PS3, PC) - Deep Silver
7. NBA 2K13 (X360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC) - Take-Two Interactive
8. BioShock Infinite (X360, PS3, PC) - Take-Two Interactive
9. Battlefield 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) - Electronic Arts
10. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (X360, Wii, DS, PS3, 3DS, Wii U, PS Vita, PC) - Warner Bros.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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142 comments
damacdon
damacdon

It's nice that the fighting genre is getting a revival.

hadlee73
hadlee73

I'd love to be able to celebrate the sales of some of these titles, but I just can't get past the general sales decline in the industry. I hope it picks up later in the year.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Blops 2 is no. 2, that's impressive. I thought most people who wanted CoD had bought it close to release. This month's sales are quite weak, though, so it's not a great feat to be no. 2, but it still did better than a lot of newer games. BF 3 is no. 9, which is nice to see and Bioshock: Infinite is directly above it. Metro: Last Light is at no.6, and  though being only a month old I think that's pretty good. It got great reviews, so it deserves that. 

Just like NPD's data only account for half of the "true consumer spend" it would be nice to know what the rest of the thinks of these games. Americans like American games set in America, but Metro: Last Light is far from the typical American action game. Likewise, the Japanese charts are all about asian games for the 3DS or playstation, so other parts of the world buy different things, but their money is just as welcome as money from USA.

JustArtificial
JustArtificial

This is sad. NRS have fucked up their game SO bad, it's literally unplayable.

Start up the disc, BANG FROZEN! Turn off, and start again. BANG FROZEN! All because they added a new DLC page, BEFORE YOU ACCESS THE DAMN DISC!

Then you've got DLC. 

Lobo = Meh

Batgirl = SAY WHAT?! Why her, when there are 20 other people I can put in front of her?!

SCORPION?! = ARE YOU FUCKING INSANE?! HE HAS HIS OWN FIGHTING SERIES, AND NEEDS TO INVADE AN *ALL* DC GAME TO MAKE IT "SUCCESSFUL" AND OF WHICH I'D RATHER HAVE A DC CHARACTER LIKE THE FUCKING CALENDAR MAN IN FRONT OF THIS GARBAGE!

Zod = Regime Superman? And at that, this entire design looks fucking stupid.

Innovation with a MASSIVE franchise at it's finest. Sorry, did you want any DC characters that you like? NRS doesn't give a shit. You paid them upfront twice, and sucker punched you with 2 goddamn awful Season Passes.

TeoKot
TeoKot

Injustice seems to be doing rather good, I really appreciated NRS' work with this game. They fucked up with the DLC of course... Scorpion? really?

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Best selling game in a month of lacklustre releases is kinda like winning the "special olympics"

gantarat
gantarat

Where Resident Evil : Revelations ?

ahpuck
ahpuck

I'm thinking the weeks and months leading up to the new consoles being released are going to be just as bad.

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

Please, for the sake of gaming, go away Call of Duty

Pilgrim117
Pilgrim117

Black ops 2 is still in top spot mainly because of a price drop. Well deserved for Injustice, a very good fighting game. I'm glad to see that Bioshock is still in the top 10 even after 3 months.

TheAlmightyCow
TheAlmightyCow

"2. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360, PS3, PC, Wii U) - Activision Blizzard"

Blizzard?

alastor529
alastor529

GOOD now lets see if ED BOON sticks to his word about adding more characters if the game sold well

Mugzippit
Mugzippit

US gaming retail industry down 25%? Does that happen normally or was it just a slow month?


Good news for the 3DS though

granola_goodnes
granola_goodnes

Seriously?  Dead Island at #4?  Who the hell has been buying that game?

gantarat
gantarat

Injustice Should Thank  you Man of Steel.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Cool stuff man. :)  I'd get this and Donkey Kong country returns but I need me some monies first! :O

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

NPD doesn't count digital sales - their numbers are worthless.

Killingjoke_666
Killingjoke_666

Is Injustice really that good?  It looks so clunky and a spamfest to boot.

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

I love how GameSpot mentions the 3DS in this article, but literally not a single word of it in the NPD report for Xbox, which would be the NPD hardware report.

Come on GameSpot, you're not taking some of that under-the-table money, surely? That wouldn't be like you at all.

steelmouth
steelmouth

29 - 0 damn the 360 is dusting ass

DarthUchiha91
DarthUchiha91

Console debate on an article about about best selling games this month....

seems legit.

Stardust7
Stardust7

I see alot of guys complaining about call of duty and I used to not care about COD too , but sometime ago I bought a cheap used Black Ops 1 for xbox 360 and every friend of mine loved the game,even my sister that usually dont play games lol ...now I think its one of best game to play with friends and family ...COD developer do a nice job with multiplayer split screen and they are always improving it and thats pretty cool ..its rare games with nice splitscreen nowdays...

roman4545
roman4545

@JustArtificial 

sound like someone is pushing you to buy those DLC.. hey man calm down.. no one is forcing you to play and pay.  You dont like those DLC then how about not buying it ?

Hurvl
Hurvl

@DarkSaber2k But no games are handicapped, they simply didn't perform as well as others. They can't blame their poor results on not having the same capability to deliver, because companies with less resources have done better. This is more like winning an amateur league for non-disabled persons or a not particularly challenging tournament.

Superzone
Superzone

@gantarat That was only available for the last week of the month, so it probably didn't crack the top 10.

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

@Pilgrim117  

aren't u not amazed to see BF3 in topten which was released a couple of years ago.

Pilgrim117
Pilgrim117

@MatrixGamer78 Because it sucks terribly. From the generic campaign to the generic multiplayer. What a waste.

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

@TheAlmightyCow  

Activision &  Blizzard were two different groups they got merged in 2007 so now they are called ActivisionBlizzard. GOT IT.

ahpuck
ahpuck

@Mugzippit  It's only going to get worst. I'm thinking GTA5 is going to help some. But, it's not going to get better till after the new consoles are released. I'm thinking most gamers are on save money for the next consoles mode right now.

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

@Killingjoke_666 Injustice is a lot of fun, makes me glad to see it on top two months in a row. Not clunky at all, at least no clunkier than Mortal Kombat. 

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

@steelmouth Well yeah, when Microsoft releases a new model of the same console once a year, at the end of, what is this, an 8 year cycle? Of course it's going to be selling the highest. Anyone who wants any of the three available consoles has them by now, so not a whole lot of 'newcomers' making their way in. Most the people still buying consoles are the ones upgrading their Xbox MODEL.

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

@Stardust7 

UR MOM plays COD Black Ops 1.  Well, according to you that is.  That said, I like how you said you geot it used for the 360.  Shame that that's not possible with the next X-box.

Which is why I'm not getting the next one.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@TheSkyrimStatue @MatrixGamer78 Yeah, you just can't trust reviews or other people's opinions. It got great reviews from both critics (87 on metacritic) and fans (8,7 user score here on gamespot). If it sucks ass, it's for the best that it didn't come to PC.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@roman4545 @Thanatos2k That's why Microsoft almost just bet the farm on bypassing it, right?

Digital is the future, and retail is dying.  The NPD is a relic and is nearly useless these days.

Stardust7
Stardust7

@arc_salvoI said my sister ,not my mom...and the subject here is the games ,not consoles....

roman4545
roman4545

@Thanatos2k 

what do you think ?

yes no maybe... does it matter to you ? 

oohhh.. so im not suppose to come here GS... oh ok im sorry... sheriff 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@roman4545 @Thanatos2k Do video game sellers come to Gamespot for their financial news?

roman4545
roman4545

@Thanatos2k

useless for consumers yes.. but aint useless for sellers.. me being a video game seller this is a good news to get which games consumer most likely to get this month or previous month.

digital may be the future but retail is so not dying any time soon but probably dying in your point of view.