Diablo III Rules May U.S. Sales, Dragon’s Dogma Also In Top 10

By Ishaan . June 14, 2012 . 4:32pm

Diablo III was the top-selling game in the U.S. in May. This represents the first time since July 2010 that a PC-only game has been the top-selling title for any given month in the U.S., according to a report from the NPD Group.


What was the July 2010 game? Why, it was StarCraft 2, of course.


In other interesting news, Capcom’s Dragon’s Dogma was in the top-ten best-selling games in the U.S. last month as well. While that doesn’t tell us much about how the game actually sold, it is nice to see that the company’s efforts appear to have paid off, somewhat. Dragon’s Dogma was also well-received in Japan, where it sold over 300,000 copies in its opening week.


The top ten best-selling games in May were as follows:


Rank Title System Publisher
01. Diablo III PC Activision Blizzard
02. Max Payne 3 360, PS3, PC Take Two
03. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier PS3, 360 Ubisoft
04. Prototype 2 PS3, 360 Activision Blizzard
05. NBA 2K12 PS3, 360, Wii, PC, PSP, PS2 Ubisoft
06. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 PS3, 360, Wii, PC Activision Blizzard
07. Sniper Elite V2 PS3, 360 505 Games
08. Battlefield 3 PS3, 360, PC Electronic Arts
09. Dragon’s Dogma PS3, 360 Capcom
10. Just Dance 3 PS3, 360, Wii Ubisoft

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  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    No 3DS or Vita games in the chart. I think hardware wise at least 3ds is doing better than last year but under 150k…I wish both companies could actually prove that the handheld market isnt on its death bed.

    Nice for Dragon’s Dogma, I still need to pick it up probably July if there arent many more anime releases soon, Ano hana at the cost of the game is making me wait longer for DD.

    And not surprising for Diablo 3, imagine how much if it came, like the rumors said, as a PS3 exclusive, multiplatform? Tons of copies.

    • malek86

      The 3DS sold 113000 apparently, about 17% more than the same month last year.

      Considering it had a huge pricecut and a bunch of killer apps in the meantime, it doesn’t sound like it helped too much. I wonder how sales will go in the next months, but I think Nintendo needs some more games in the west.

      • XYZ_JolteonZ980

        I wonder if thats why Sony wont price cut Vita…seems the 3DS situation, in the west, showed that a price cut wasn’t really necessary…I think and agree with you on the games, being necessary, and games not in the vein of Spirit camera. I guess it will be interesting to see what happens when Kingdom Hearts DDD comes out.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Well, handheld had always face problem outside of japan here. As many gamers outside of Japan, loves playing on the big HD television more than on the go like the Japanese gamer or even some Asian country.
      I believe it is because how difficult for gamer outside of Japan to meet up together and play together. Which is the main reason why portable sell so well in Japan.

  • xavier axol

    i wasn’t a surprise to me, i knew that diablo 3 would destroy everything in it’s path.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    That list of games is somehow depressing. Dragon’s Dogma is the exception.

    • Rhayve

      I say! Not a single RPG with an enthralling story. I’m starved for games with great storytelling. I’m glad I picked up Analogue – A Hate Story after reading about it on Siliconera but sadly I’ve already finished it. I can hardly remember any good RPGs with a powerful narrative and engaging story for the PC or any consoles this past year (aside from The Witcher 2) – apparently everyone just likes playing the same old FPS games over and over and that’s what companies like making. Or sandbox games. Too many sandbox games.

      • AJ

        While I agree with you, Prototype 2 was unexpectedly fun. I hadn’t played a sandboxy-mindless violence type game that was actually FUN TO PLAY since…..I guess Saints Row 2.

        • Rhayve

          Oh, don’t get me wrong. I like certain FPS and sandbox games just as much as the next guy (The Elder Scrolls, Saints Row, Prototype, Dead Island, Borderlands etc.). Their gameplay carries them quite well and makes for an enjoyable gaming session.
          However, lately it seems those games are all there is. As I mentioned above, The Witcher 2 was an exception (and exceptional, I might add). It combined gameplay, atmosphere as well as a good story into one. Mass Effect 3 had a great atmosphere and presentation as well, but the story was (naturally) quite predictable and less engaging.
          What I’m hoping for are more games like Planescape: Torment, the Baldur’s Gate series, Dragon Age: Origins (2 no thanks), Final Fantasy (yes, even XIII), Neverwinter Nights: Mask of the Betrayer etc.
          Those gems always had a storyline that was most exciting and always left you wanting to know more – much like a great novel.
          While it’s not inherently bad that most RPGs are always judged by their gameplay, I don’t think it’s a good thing that the story takes a backseat – hence my disappointment.

          Oh well, sorry for the long rant. Here’s a potato cookie. ;)

    • XYZ_JolteonZ980

      Not really, fewer new games are being released, the unlinked pr even mentioned this, what other games would you have wanted in this chart? The key feature lacking Mario Tennis Open?

  • badmoogle

    Dragon’s Dogma should have been #1.

  • MrKappa

    The demo for DD was fun but I’m just not gonna support Capcom. I have other things to do anyways so I’ll buy it used when I’m done with my other games.

    I’m surprised it sold so well anyways. I heard they had 100 missions known about and locked as DLC before the game was even out. Typical Capcom of course.

    • There is a ton of content even without all the DLC. in fact playing all the DLC side quests, on top of the regular side quests makes the game boring.

      Stick to the main quests and Dragon’s Dogma is fun. Most of the side quests are fetch items or escort NPC to destination missions.

    • konsama

      I’d really suggest you to reconsider, i’m also on a no-buy rule for capcom but they really excelled with Dragon’s dogma, the demo is nowhere close to the actual game and IMO is like playing Skyrim fused with Monster hunter, i never enjoyed a game in so long.

      Also considering the finally took the time to make a new IP, and a good one they well deserve the money.

      The only recycle i noticed was on some monsters they have some animations borrowed from MH, like some boars that attack just like bullfangos, or how saurios or whatever are called move exactly like a rathalos when you cut their tail.

      • elvergudo666

        Chinga tu madre!!!!!! konsama…

        • konsama

          Hmm quien eres y como sabes que hablo espaƱol O_o

          • Roberto Armando Iraheta

            Su madre nos dijo.

    • Roberto Armando Iraheta

      Oh please. Just because you’re mad at Capcom doesn’t mean you can’t support genuinely good and fresh ideas. Last time I checked Capcom didn’t make the game, a group of hard working and passionate developers did.

      • This, people tend to think the industry is just some happy fairy pixie land where corporations just spawn games into existence out of nothing.
        Some creative people shed blood, sweat and tears making this game and all they get is “waah dlc is not free so I boycott all your games”….’tis really quite sad..

        • AJ

          But Capcom still released the game.

          And Capcom still has weird DLC policies.

          • Crimson_Cloud

            And you don’t have to buy DLC if you don’t want to. You people sound like you have to buy DLC in order for game to work.

          • Thanks for proving my point, I guess people feel like capcom came to their house and ate their firstborn.

      • British_Otaku

        Even if it is a group of hard working and passionate developers, every game which isn’t developed alone as an indie project happens to fit that criteria. The problem here is that people dislike Capcom for their business practices in games under their name, publishers have the power to influence projects after all.

  • TheDarkEmpress

    Too bad Diablo 3 was one of the biggest letdowns of the decade….hindsight is always 20/20, would like to see what would happen if time could be rewound with that knowledge, love to see the sales figures then.

    Well played, Blizzard.

    • The sad thing is it would still sell insanely well.

    • Roberto Armando Iraheta

      As long as it says Blizzard people will buy it regardless. Nevermind it took them a decade to make an OK game.

  • konsama

    I’m amazed to see Dragon’s Dogma so low on the list considering it sold out in many places. I can’t even buy it in my zone because of that. I guess it was just a small shipment after all.

    • Rhayve

      Yeah, it was a small shipment. On Germany’s Amazon, the game sold out pretty quickly, and all remaining copies from resellers or marketplace salesmen have jumped up by about 20-30 Euros.

  • MrRobbyM

    Disappointing, but as expected.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    While it is not suprising that Diablo 3 is able to own the chart there, It is kinda sad DD is not even able to take top 5 rank there considering how well the game is done with.

  • Roberto Armando Iraheta

    It’s a shame Dragon’s Dogma is below such stinkers like Max Payne and Diablow. It deserves some serious attention too bad it got released on such a tough month, much less having to follow up a lot of big name RPGs of late.

    • this top ten is very indicative of the country that we(provided you live in the states) live in. unfortunately games by blizzard, sports games and shooters are always gonna win. Dragon’s Dogma was my pick, and im certain it got enough sales for capcom to invest in a sequel.

      • XYZ_JolteonZ980

        Sports games? So where is Mario Tennis? I think you are giving genres too much credit and discrediting western games. The game from Blizzard has been highly anticipated for years, Prototype is the second in a new IP and is not a shooter…Max Payne 3 has also been worked on for numerous years, this chart at least shows that in some of these non annualized IP’s that there is still relevance and interest in them. The western world isnt that rigid in what they play.

        • i never said that any of those games were bad. I just said that americans like them. the chart supports this. you are also over generalizing my statement.

      • Mantiskilla

        Not to mention that NBA 2K12 is getting boosted sales b/c of the Playoffs right now. That being said the game honestly is pretty damn impressive (ive played them all the last couple years). On a site like this some people just automatically think most (if not all) sports games suck and don’t belong. I wonder if that has to do with nerds not liking jocks or something. Eh who knows

        • i, personally, dont think sports games suck. i just dont play them because i am not interested in sports. i also believe that there isnt a significant difference between each yearly installment, but then again, people who play sports games are looking for something different in their sequel than someone who is playing a sequel of an rpg. i have my taste in games, but i dont judge other peoples’.

    • MrRobbyM

      All I’m going to say is that if there’s an exploit, companies will exploit it.

  • interesting new disqus layout. o.o

    • Domii

      Yeah I hate it.

      • British_Otaku

        Yep, this system makes it so people can “dislike” comments instead of liking them less. I was nice seeing names attached to the likes as well, like if I saw a like from someone I’m arguing with, it is an additional prompt that they are on good terms.

        So called “negative comments” used to be just ignored or put down through responses, here they may get hidden as if this is Youtube or something…

        • The biggest problem here is not the possible similarities with youtube, but rather how the disliking button system can be easily abused. Not to mention it doesn’t enforce positive interface. When you didn’t like a comment before, you could simply ignore it or reply saying why you didn’t. And now you have people disliking your comment and you don’t know exactly why they did it.

          Sorry for the off-topic, everyone.

          • British_Otaku

            My problem wasn’t with it being like Youtube, but these problems ALSO apply to Youtube, hence my reference to them as an end note for the comment instead of “I don’t like this, reminds me of Youtube” which has thumbs/flags/spam abuse all over it.

            And, I wonder this system seems to let us thumb our own comments… >_>

            Sorry for adding to the off topic stuff.

            On topic, do FPS games from late in one year usually hold this much of a stranglehold over sales half a year later?

            6th place is impressive especially with the Elite service. Hope the funds go into a cool original IP instead of funneling back completely.

          • British_Otaku

            Duplicate comment. >_>

  • Crevox

    No numbers?

    • cj_iwakura

      This isn’t Media-Create; they don’t release them.

  • Solomon_Kano

    I really miss when NPD used to actually give out numbers. It made it much more interesting to discuss these sorts of things. It does me little good to know that Dragon’s Dogma is number 9 with no context as to how much it took to get there. Ah well.

    • XYZ_JolteonZ980

      Well its not that difficult to seek around various articles from people with the numbers or companies statements to see what some of the numbers for the titles are.

      • Solomon_Kano

        I suppose, but that’s a hell of a lot less convenient than it used to be.

  • According to Anita Frazier on Eurogamer. Dragon Dogma only sold 92,000 on 2 systems. Maybe instead of giving us a Lord of the Rings Monster Hunter. You give us the Record of Lodoss War Monster Hunter we want.

    • Hraesvelgr

      But Dragon’s Dogma was already a great game… I doubt there are many changes they could’ve made to make it sell better though, sadly.

    • “Capcom’s target of 1.5 million sales for Dragon’s Dogma now seems a little optimistic.”
      I love how he forgets there are still 9 months left till the end of fiscal year and also completely pretends europe doesn’t exist..

      • “I love how he…completely pretends europe doesn’t exist”

        That’s pretty ironic, considering that’s an article posted on EUROgamer, right? :D

  • That list of games is just….I dunno, I’m very glad DD managed to hold its own, it deserves to be a succes.

  • brian yep

    Just Dance 3 was published by Sony?

  • Smashlampjaw

    Atleast Dragon Dogma cracked the top ten alot of months It wouldn’t of been even close.

  • Skeima

    thats awesome for d3 considering its only on pc and mac
    i’m planning to buy it hmm

  • Luna Kazemaru

    Ghost recon sold well? That explans the bad players lola

  • malek86

    The overall hardware numbers are really low. The 3DS is still struggling despite the price cut and Mario games, and the PSV is doing even worse. I think people are underestimating the effect of the mobile revolution on handheld console sales. Japan is the only reason the 3DS is still doing decent numbers worldwide.

    I wonder what would happen if/when Japan too eventually switches to proper smartphones (right now it seems the japanese mobile gaming offer is too fragmented between different services, and other platforms that only work with certain phones… not as organized as the western market).

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Even though it’s a bit unfair, as it definitely deserved a better spot, but I’m still glad that gamers recognized the golden gem such as Dragon’s Dogma. Definitely my biggest surprise and current drug of this year. ^^

  • Unbelivable, Battlefield 3 is #8 and Dragon’s Dogma is #9. I find this to me unbelievable.

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