The Last of Us tops June US sales

NPD Group reveals Naughty Dog's latest the top-performer during the month; total game sales slide 15 percent to $593.3 million.

Naughty Dog's postapocalyptic action game The Last of Us was the top seller in the United States during June--a month that saw overall industry sales slide 15 percent--according to data released by the NPD Group today.

Specific sales figures for The Last of Us were not disclosed, though Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz believes the game sold 700,000 units during the month.

Rounding out the top five best-sellers for June wre Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and NBA 2K13.

Total industry sales slid 15 percent to $593.3 million during June, according to NPD data. However, analyst Liam Callahan pointed out that this figure only accounts for about half of total consumer spend on games.

"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 June such as used and rentals at $118 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 $544 million, the total consumer spend in June is $1.2 billion."

Hardware for June in the US dropped 30 percent to $142 million. Nintendo's 3DS was the top overall performer for the month, selling 225,000 units. Microsoft's Xbox 360 sold 140,000 systems in the month and remained the top-selling console for the thirtieth straight month. Sony has not disclosed PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita sales.

Concerning the Ouya, which launched in late June, Callahan said sales were "relatively light for a new console."

"This may be due to the lack of a major marquee title driving consumers to seek out the console, low awareness due to Ouya being a new brand, or low inventory volume due to manufacturing constraints," he said.

Total June software sales fell 14 percent to $313.8 million, though Animal Crossing: New Leaf and The Last of Us were bright spots.

"The Last of Us was the top selling game at retail in the month of June. To put this in context, it had the second highest first-month sales of a PS3 first-party game, after God of War 3 in March 2010," Callahan said. "The Last of Us was also the third highest game to launch during the month of June since NPD began tracking sales in 1995."

Meanwhile, Callahan said Minecraft's success as a physical product shows that digital games can enjoy a second life.

"Minecraft’s successful foray into physical retail shows that digital products can reach a new market when launching a physical disc," he said. "While many have downloaded the game, these sales indicate that there are plenty of consumers willing to buy a physical disc who are either not connected to the Internet, don’t have a credit card to purchase digital games online, or simply prefer the physical disk over digital copies."

The accessories category fell 9 percent to $155.2 million during June due to a drop in three major accessory types: Gamepads, headsets/headphones, and "all other" accessories, Callahan said.

JUNE US GAME SALES (June 2-July 6, 2013)
OVERALL DOLLAR SALES
Total retail sales: $593.3 million (-15%)
Non-PC hardware: $142.0 million (-30%)
Non-PC software: $296.1 (-10%)
Accessories: $155.2 (-9%)
Total software: $313.8 million (-14%)

TOP 10 GAMES FOR JUNE 2013
Title (Platforms) - Publisher
1. The Last of US (PS3) - Sony
2. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS) - Nintendo
3. Minecraft (X360) - Microsoft
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360, PS3, PC, Wii U) - Activision Blizzard
5. NBA 2K13 (X360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC) - Take-Two Interactive
6. Injustice: Gods Among Us (X360, PS3, Wii U) - Warner Bros. Interactive
7. Donkey Kong Country Returns (3DS, Wii) - Nintendo
8. Deadpool (X360, PS3) - Activision
9. Battlefield 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) - Electronic Arts
10. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS) - Nintendo

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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73 comments
DeanoFantasy
DeanoFantasy

Completed it today on hard, it  really is a well polished game indeed, its probably the last best exclusive on PS3 and is a great contender for Game Of The Year.

jark888
jark888

I think these are some factors behind The Last of Us success:

1) People are long for the true survival horror game.

2) Great setting, artwork with interesting story similar to The Walking Dead atmosphere. Well, I personally enjoy fantasizing what I would do in the post apocalyptic world. 

3) The brutality level is just like Assassin Creed.

4) The quality behind Naughty Dog brand (launched GOTY for the past 3 years straight).

paytonlow
paytonlow

Finished normal play-through once last month for The Last of Us, I must say Naughty Dog has truly impressed me again. (Last time being the Uncharted 2)

Will pick it up later with the hardest mode, and the multiplayer...

Just keep the good works going ND! Can't wait what you can do with PS4 in the future. :-)

vivalatour
vivalatour

THE LAST OF US , CAN YOU DIG IIIIIIIIIIIIT ?

mucking_foron
mucking_foron

How come when I click on articles on this site vgchartz.com they're not full of links to other stuff?

gaming_binge
gaming_binge

people are still buying black ops 2? what the fuck.......i used to LOVE call of duty 4, but starting with modern warfare 2 that shit was already old. fuck you activision

NoHyperbolePlz
NoHyperbolePlz

Well they said it was selling faster then Uncharted 3 which sold 5 million. So you can expect closer to 6 or beyond by the end of the sales push.

TristanPR77
TristanPR77

The Last of Us is the game that defines this generation,  truly a masterpiece. The game is a new IP and has been 5 weeks in a row #1 on the UK, only Black Ops 2 have managed to do that and is multiplatform, very impressive. 

More impressive is that it was #1 on the US since the US is mostly a FPS market. 

I cannot wait to see what Naughty Dog will do on the PS4. 

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

Great game. Loved every minute of it. Sold my PS3 after I finished it because Naughty Dog will be moving to the PS4. Also, Naughty Dog is the only good developer for PS3.

Triton
Triton

Wish I had time to give this a go, already have 4 games sitting I had to have , and not played yet.

Bezee4u
Bezee4u

All Halos have done better -_-

steelmouth
steelmouth

now lets put the 700K sales for the fist month, and it being the 2nd highest for PS3 in to context .for the first month Fable did 600K, Fable 2 did 1.5mil, Gears 3 and 2 or most Halo's did 3mil,  Halo 3 did 2.5 mil on day one

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

good for sony and nd. i hope this is a continuing trend of the summer blockbuster games. not everything has to be released between october to april

steelmouth
steelmouth

very very impressive records there and bravo to Last of Us for such achievements more so given that its a new IP

willzihang
willzihang

What other big releases has it competed with though since its release? Not a great deal really, it's almost like being the only runner on n the track and thinking because you came first it's somehow impressive. Those other big tiles have been around for ages, and everyone who wants the game has bought it already.

I really do wonder what percentage of the market of PS owners bought the game digitally-- I'd be surprised if it was even 5%.


The fanboys are strong with this one. A good game I'm sure-- but 10/10, perfect? Give me a break, no such title exists to deserve that.

demondogx
demondogx

Before you sony fanboys go insane again overr 700k like you did on a 8 score keep in mind that 700k got sold in US alone, who knows how mutch more got sold outside the US.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

People still buying Black Ops 2. I have for my Xbox 360, but i think i will buy for PS3, PC and Wii U too, just to help the company, and maybe, (i said maybe), they will release the Blacks Ops 3.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

Still hasn't topped 3 million sales. Not bad, but nothing to brag about.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

700k a month is impressive, for a PS3 game. 

TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

Very misleading considering it does not include digital sales.

lostn
lostn

@jark888 I wouldn't call it survival horror. I'd call it maybe action adventure, or survival action. It's definitely not horror. 

 Great game though. ND have done it again. 

TristanPR77
TristanPR77

@Snakepond1 Well,  the gaming industry does not agree with you but I guess anyone can try and create their own reality. 

Graphyte
Graphyte

@Bezee4u justin beiber has sold more records than probably most of my favourite bands put together, doesnt mean anything

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

@Bezee4u Most mainstream game for the most mainstream audience. Had more people to appeal to by default. Still doesn't downplay the facts or positive success of other games.

Devilzblood
Devilzblood

@steelmouth just wanted to say that comparing a new IP to a franchise is useless, if you want then compare the sales with the original Halo, Gears (the first one) and Fable, don't go on to compare with the next installments in the series as they tend to do better then their predecessor

grognard
grognard

@jsmoke03 I always felt it was a missed opportunity for publishers not to release more games over the summer - particularly those targeted towards school aged gamers.

steelmouth
steelmouth

@Kryptonbornson come on its the second best seller for PS3 1st party that's pretty impressive given that it a new IP

steelmouth
steelmouth

@TheOnlyConan not misleading at all as they have never included digital sales so its consistent with all other sales reports and makes for a fare comparison right

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

Are you telling me Last of Us is not a great game? Also, are you telling me Naughty Dog isn't Sony's best game developer? If so, please tell me who then.

steelmouth
steelmouth

@Devilzblood @steelmouth true thats a very fair point and the 700K for LoU is pretty good for a new IP but am just dissappointed they say its the second highest sales record for the PS3 ever

grognard
grognard

@Devilzblood @steelmouth To be fair, Halo, Gears and Fable did compare well, and much better in most cases, to LOU with the first games in their respective franchises.

I think his point was that this being the second most successful title for first party PS3 (including established IP's) isn't a very strong endorsement for Sony's success with first party titles (in terms of sales).

LOU is a great game, but it would have sold about twice as well if it was a 360 exclusive (just look at State of Decay which was also a new IP and released in the same time frame with absolutely no marketing budget behind it).

willzihang
willzihang

@Kuhlio13 @willzihang I don't have to experience anything to know perfection is an impossibility. I'm sure the game is excellent-- but not perfect.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

@steelmouth I think exclusives are silly. They don't sell systems really and they don't sell that well. It only benefits Sony for bragging rights. They do tend to look better than other games as a proof of concept at least is perhaps why they should do lower budget games. If The Last of Us had a reasonable budget, maybe they've already started turning a decent profit.

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

I know and I stand by it. ND is there best developer and the only one who is worth buying the system for in my opinion. You see I own all the consoles and the only reason I turned on my PS3 was for ND games.

lostn
lostn

@Snakepond1 Well you didn't say ND was Sony's best developer, you said they were the *only* good developer on PS3, which is what he's referring to.

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

Guerrilla your dreaming buddy.. As for Sucker Punch I'll give Infamous 1, but 2 was crap.

steelmouth
steelmouth

@grognard @Devilzblood @steelmouth Well said, its like you reading my mind

LoU performed very well, Sony on the other hand . . .