Hardware Sales Help Offset Software Declines In U.S.

By Ishaan . August 14, 2014 . 10:33pm

Strong hardware sales (lead by PlayStation 4) offset a decline in software sales in the U.S. during the month of July, the NPD Group said in a statement today. Hardware sales in July 2014 doubled over July 2013, stemming from growth of the eighth generation consoles.


“When combining life-to-date sales of Xbox One and PS4 after nine months, and comparing them to the combined totals of nine months of sales for Xbox 360 and PS3, sales of the newest consoles are larger than the prior generation by close to 80%,” said NPD analyst Liam Callahan.


Moving on, the top-10 best-sellers in the U.S. during the month of June were as follows:


Rank Title System Publisher
01. The Last of Us PS4, PS3 Sony
02. Minecraft 360, PS3 Microsoft, Sony
03. FIFA 14 360, PS4, XBO, PS3, PSV Electronic Arts
04. Watch_Dogs PS4, 360, PS3, XBO, PC Ubisoft
05. Mario Kart 8 NWU Nintendo
06. Call of Duty: Ghosts XBO, 360, PS4, PS3, NWU, PC Activision Blizzard
07. Grand Theft Auto V 360, PS3 Take 2
08. Sniper Elite III PS4, XBO, 360, PS3 505 Games
09. NBA 2K14 360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC Take 2
10. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 360, PS3, 3DS, NDS, PS4, NWU, XBO, PSV, PC Warner Bros.

 Tracking period: July 6th – August 2nd, 2014


July is typically seen as a quiet month for software sales in general, but this July was even quieter than usual, Callahan said, owing to the absence of NCAA Football, which is a title that normally launches in July but is no longer being produced. Callahan also noted that July usually only accounts for 5% of annual sales.


Meanwhile, Nintendo added that Mario Kart 8 has crossed sales of 1 million units in North America alone.


The NPD Group added that the system with the best-selling games on a single platform during July was the Nintendo 3DS. Tomodachi Life, Pokémon Y, Pokémon X and Mario Kart 7 all make the top-10 software list if you count sales on a single platform. With the addition of Mario Kart 8, five of the top-10 SKUs in July were published by Nintendo.


However, “The top ten games in July 2014 represented 20 percent less unit volume than seen in July 2013.”

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  • Tonton Ramos

    When September comes Mario Kart 8’s reign on the west will be over… as the western people will buy Destiny, Advanced Warfare or MCC. But don’t worry there is still Hyrule Warriors, Captain Toad, Bayonetta 2 and Smash Bros to keep the WiiU healthy.

    • Kaitsu

      My money is almost ready for the Wii U purchase. I just hope there’s going to be a Smash Wii U bundle.

      • pokeroi

        If they release a smash WiiU bundle with GC controller and adapter, I’m selling my WiIU…

        • Nightwizard

          In amazon there is a bundle with the smash game, the adapter and one GC controller

          • pokeroi

            I meant Smash edition Wii U+game+adapter+GC controller

    • Herok♞

      Mario Kart is a game that keeps selling throughout a systems life time so I doubt its reign will truly be over especially when you factor in the fact those other games are on multiple systems

  • John Diamond
    • Justin Graham

      Actually, forget Polygon. Not to get off-topic, but I refuse to visit that site or click any link to a Polygon story after their incredibly tasteless attempt at linking the troubles in Ferguson with fucking Watch Dogs.

      • darke

        +1 on the ‘forget polygon’. I’m tired of their shitty policy of releasing a near 10/10 review of a game before it’s release only for the game to release in a terrible state so they have to re-mark the game continually, but their “it’s great” mark still gets them to metacritic first.

        Just do a proper job, or don’t do it at all.

      • John Diamond

        right you are, changed it up

      • Ali

        You are joking me, really? Wow I’ll have to do some research. That’s utterly beneath them

        • Justin Graham

          I wish I was joking, but nope. They really did.

  • Anubisseesall

    Great to see, from my perspective the sales seem to represent a positive shift in perception for the Wii U, one that hopefully Nintendo wont squander in the coming months. The holiday season is crucial and fast approaching in the US, so I think if Nintendo leverages their strong software line up this fall they could be in a great spot at the start of 2015. That said I hope the “fall rush” doesn’t scare off their game releases; titles like Bayonetta 2, and Smash Bros need to hit Wii U this year. Nintendo should really put out some enticing bundles Wii U (regular) @ 199.99 with Bayonetta 2, Wii U Pro @ 339.99 with Smash Brothers, GameCube pad and controller dongle. Still not really sure how big of a deal Smash Bros on 3DS will be but they definitely need that themed 3DS XL if for nothing more then to further push the brand at retail.

    Sony seems unstoppable, which considering how responsive to the community and to smaller developers they have been I am glad to see them on top again. Still can’t believe how quickly things shift in this industry, but the message is always the same; the company who listens to its consumers and builds a product that is first and foremost a games machine will win. Eh in truth (maybe not one most will admit) the industry was better off when Sony was on top (not to discredit the NES/SNES eras of course) with PSX and PS2. Sega, Nintendo and later MS were all putting out the best they could to compete and look at the games we got as a result during those eras.Mario 64, Zelda OoT&MM, NiGHTS, Shenmue, and so on. Where as last gen I feel was a bit of a dead zone in terms of creativity and variety (space marine shooter syndrome anyone?)

    • Hound

      Last Gen was far too multi-platform, and that’s really what hurt the output.

      When competing on a universal scale, marketers had realized that Call of Duty, etc sold the most and simply chose to “do just that” and cash in on the trend & their business model.

      There wasn’t a lot of “quadrant pulling” where different companies were competing to take over age/gender quadrants like they used to. I believe that Nintendo (iOS, and minecraft) has cashed in more than they otherwise would have thanks to that.

      • darke

        Nah, multiplat is irrelevant with ps3 vs 360; the systems support pretty much identical control (ignoring optional move/kinect) and near identical performance, so there’s no real benefit of a single plat title other than performance optimisations. They would have cranked out more of what sells even on a single platform (witness Uncharted’s sequalitis).

        But you’re right with the quadrant pulling; the publishers just went for what sells best and kept hammering it home rather then having a diversified portfolio. It’s what killed guitar hero after all; hopefully CoD and it’s clones will die as nearly a swift death.

  • Yan Zhao

    Mario Kart 8 already broke 1 million sales in the US, but in Japan is still around 500-600k. Nintendo really needs to take note of this and realize we’re the better market for them :3

    • darke

      Wouldn’t surprise me if the Vita’s otaku games as well sell equally well or better outside of Japan too given the small sales numbers inside Japan.

      The companies with US and Japan branches probably should try to coordinate things so that the Japanese releases (the most expensive ones!) get released with English subs on day one, or at the very least with a near to day-one patch, (even if they can’t coordinate a world-wide release due to international censorship, err, rating boards), so that the really eager people will grab the most expensive version via import, and then maybe the cheaper local version later on.

      At least there wouldn’t be the continual complaints at the lack of physical English releases that way due to Japan’s love of physical. :P

      • Yan Zhao

        That would be nice, but it probably will never happen unfortunately :(

        • darke

          Oh, sure. I’m just hoping the Japanese publishers start seeing things like the recent Falcom financials and start wondering if they could get more of that pie and faster.

          I mean, what’s the other alternative in a shrinking market? Making nothing but nickel and dimeing F2P games? Sure it works for a while, but that market’s going to hit a wall in Japan soon, it already has to a certain extent in the west. (I can’t think of anything that’s seriously making cash other then MOBAs and MMOs with F2P… the hat-collecting FPS game that Valve sells? :P )

  • Ali

    Amazing that Mario Kart 8 is 5th place, being the ONLY non multi-plat game on the chart *claps*

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