Top Ten Best-Selling Games in the US for May 2016

Uncharted 4 tops the list, while last month's number one, Dark Souls III, slips to number 10.

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The top ten best-selling physical games in the US have been revealed, thanks to the NPD Group's sales report for May. The top three are nearly identical to the three best-selling digital games on PS4 with Uncharted 4, Doom, and Overwatch standing tall.

The NPD's report does not include digital copies. Uncharted 4 passed 2.7 million copies sold in its first week, while Overwatch hit 7 million players--a lot of these are likely to be digital, especially on PC. However, it's important to note two things: the number of players does not equal sales and the NPD report only covers the US.

Rounding out the top five are Battleborn and Grand Theft Auto V. Battleborn saw substantial discounts around the time Overwatch launched. This sale would have only covered the last four days of the NPD's report (which covers May 1-28). Battleborn was also available for the majority of the month. You can check out the full top ten list at the bottom of this article--the list does not include bundled copies.

The NPD report notes Uncharted 4's "considerable feat" of claiming the number one spot due to its platform exclusivity. It also had the best first month of any game in the series after Uncharted 3 and helped Sony become last month's leading software publisher. Ubisoft is currently this year's top-selling software publisher, thanks to titles like Far Cry Primal and The Division, which were the number one games for February and March respectively.

Doom had its series' best first month when combining sales across all of its platforms and exceeded Doom 3's PC launch in 2004.

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Overwatch managed to take the third spot despite it having considerably less time on the market than other games on the list. The NPD notes that when comparing "sales for days in the market, [Overwatch] doubled the sales of Doom."

Games that launched in May were a big contributor to the year-over-year growth. The past month's new launches nearly double last May in unit sales and earned 108 percent more in dollars as well. Uncharted 4, Doom, and Overwatch all launched in May, and they and the rest of the newly launched games account for 51 percent of the overall physical software sales for the month. Total sales increased by 50 percent last month compared to May 2015.

Microsoft released a statement, saying that Xbox One's gaming hours more than doubled May last year with the launches of Doom and Overwatch, in addition to Call of Duty: Black Ops making its way on to the Xbox One backwards compatibility list. Additionally, the company noted that Minecraft has surpassed 106 million total sales and holds an average monthly unique player rate of more than 40 million people across all platforms.

Nintendo's monthly statement noted that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D reentered the NPD's top 25 best-selling games list, despite it having been released five years ago. The Wii U saw Minecraft's downloads grow more than 40 percent month-on-month, giving credit to the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack DLC.

Sony took the top spot for hardware once again. Every game in the top 10 sold better on the PS4 except Call of Duty: Black Ops 3--it sold better on the Xbox One.

Best-Selling Physical Games in the US for May 2016

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Uncharted looks nice and the story wasn't terrible but it got pretty boring fast for me. I felt like i was just mashing x to get to the next scripted cliff hanger or gun fight arena.

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Uncharted 4 is so good.

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With each year NPD's reports are less and less relevant. Digital sales dominate on PC, but NPD's just counting boxes. What a joke. :)

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If digital sales were counted, Overwatch would tower above all

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Good to see Battleborn in the top five, a title that deserves it, Overwatch is sold just on the OverHype, gets pretty boring very soon, they should include digital copies of all games as well, that will give a clear picture

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So people bought Physical Copies of NBA2K16 and now it's free on PS PLUS? I feel bad for those who bought!

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@fayeznajeeb: Well, to be fair. They didn't know it would be on PS+ since they don't announce the "free" games until the last minute. But yeah, it does suck for people who bought it in May and if they opened it, they likely can't get the full $60 (or whatever it costs now) back from the trade-in.

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@fayeznajeeb: just sell the physical copy no big deal. It'd be bad if it was the other way around.

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@jshah500: few will buy a physical copy when the digital copy is FREE

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I just want Bethesda to announce something for this year.

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@eggsbox: Doom?

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Wow. Thats really impressive for Uncharted 4.

Selling more COD on xbox than ps4 says something, though, no one should be too surprised. Or maybe thats just because most of the ps4 players bought/ were too busy with uncharted.

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Some great games last month. Doom, Uncharted, and Overwatch.

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Edited By Archangel3371

Really solid list of games there. Pretty impressive to see Grand Theft Auto V still doing so well and it's crazy to see Minecraft still up there as well.

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@Archangel3371: my very same thoughts man

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Sony had a few good months with Ratchet and Uncharted, but it's going to be a barren wasteland for the rest of the year. They won't have many exclusives for the rest of 2016. They have No Man's Sky and Detroit for holidays. it's a pathetic lineup, while Microsoft will have Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, Recore for holidays.

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@clonewar2: ill bet the PS4 still outsells the xbox1 regardless. ;)

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@clonewar2: you forgot gt sport, the last guardian and possibly a few other surprises such as gravity rush 2 for sony's holiday lineup. and that's just sony ip. there is also dragon quest builders coming exclusively to ps4.

re:core? you mean that game which we haven't even seen a single in-game screenshot for? releasing in 2016 you say? good joke there. how people can get so excited over a cg trailer is beyond me. when you are desperate for games, you will latch on to anything i suppose. microsoft already lost this console generation and it is only half way over. they didn't put up much of a fight...

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@clonewar2: you mean like the barren wasteland that Xbox one has now? The only game that Microsoft has coming is gears of War 4. Recore? Most likely another flop. Halo wars? Lmao don't make me laugh.

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@onehitta323: Both Sony and Microsoft sucks this generation for exclusives. But for Fall/Holiday 2016, Sony will have a much weaker lineup than Microsoft. I have no interest in No Man's Sky, Detroit and Last Guardian.

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@clonewar2: Just because YOU have less interest, doesn't make the lineup weaker, lol.

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@onehitta323: @clonewar2 You are both pathetic fanboys.

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What happened to Quantum Bre...nvm

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@Adam802: a mediocre game.

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@Adam802: a great flop you mean.

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@onehitta323: The game was okay.

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I figured over watch would be number 1 considering it's all the talk.

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@lrdfancypants: this only tracks physical copies sold. If you take into account PC downloads it would probably be number one.

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@ice12tray: and UC4 doesn't count digital too.

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@namitokiwa: High budget console games (e.g. U4) sell most of the copies via retail chanel. Digital sales on consoles are really important only for indies or small games. On PC on the other hand retail is very weak.

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@namitokiwa: True, but most PC game sales are digital, and that's honestly where a very large portion, if not the majority, of Overwatch players are. Not to say uncharted 4 didn't do great, I think it had 4 million sold in the first week.

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@ice12tray: I understand but it's still multiplat console also.

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@ice12tray: Exactly.

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@battlestreak:

Just because it doesn't count digital PC it still counts it's multiplat console releases.

Which is why I'm surprised it didn't pull out a victory or at least top UC4 that's on one console.

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@lrdfancypants: Overwatch is a lot less popular on the consoles, than it is on the PC. It's only reasonable to assume Uncharted 4 would sell more, as it was one of the most anticipated games for a long while, and while Overwatch got lots of attention and marketing, it's still more popular on the PC.

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@battlestreak:

I never said it wasn't popular on PC's.

UC4 isn't on PC so it doesn't matter that this isn't counting over watches PC numbers.

I still find it interesting it couldn't top a game that's on one console platform when it's on multiple considering how much attention it's getting.

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@lrdfancypants: I'm just saying, Overwatch is much more popular on the PC, so you can't really expect it to be a top game, especially if you're only factoring in physical console sales.

But I see where you're coming from.

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@battlestreak:

It's just interesting is all. I expected more not just because UC4 is on a single console but because of all the internet reaction to Doom's beta.

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Have MS released any sales numbers on Quantum Break? I'm very curious because they've been quiet about that one. Even with Tomb Raider which didn't chart, they did hint that it had sold "over a million".

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@lostn: Quantum Flop. Enough said.

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@onehitta323: But did you play it?

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@onehitta323: The game was okay.

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@battlestreak: Do your knee's hurt?

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@stevhall88: What?

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