Latest NPD figures are surprising

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Since the NPD, who track sales figures in North America, stopped publishing the exact sales figures the monthly sales announcements haven’t really been the exciting monthly moments they used to be but this month has thrown up some surprises so we’re going to take a look quickly.

First up we have the hardware sales which haven’t changed in a while with the Xbox 360 still leading the PS3 in the States by a significant monthly margin

Hardware

  1. Xbox 360 – 270 000 (39% YoY increase)
  2. PS3 – 177 000 (15% YoY increase)

Unfortunately I can’t seem to track down any Nintendo sales figures and I would love to know if it was still leading in sales or had dropped to second or third by now.

Software

  1. L.A. Noire (360, PS3) Take 2 Interactive – 899K
  2. Brink (360, PS3, PC) Bethesda Softworks – 401K [360/PS3 Only]
  3. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC) Disney Interactive Studios
  4. Portal 2 (360, PS3, PC) Electronic Arts
  5. Mortal Kombat 2011 (PS3, 360) Warner Bros. Interactive – 292K
  6. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PC) Activision Blizzard
  7. Zumba Fitness: Join the Party (Wii, 360, PS3) Majesco
  8. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, PC) Take 2 Interactive
  9. Just Dance 2 (Wii) Ubisoft
  10. Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Wii, NDS, 360, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC) Lucasarts

The surprises start here with L.A. Noire selling over double the amount of the units as the second placed Brink, which is a surprise in itself as Brink’s first few weeks on the market where not well received with network and server problems really eating into their pre-launch hype.

The fact that we have 2 Lego titles, Zumba and Just Dance all in the top 10 point very strongly to casual gaming have a stronger prominence in gaming now and it could be argued that the only truly hardcore title in the top 10 this month is Brink with the rest really tapping into the mainstream.

Source: Neogaf

Last Updated: June 14, 2011

Gavin Mannion

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