Update: Game Informer have confirmed with NPD that Darksiders II at #1 sold 247,000 copies in the month of August. Meanwhile, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron at #7 sold 105,000 copies.
Not one, but two Nintendo 3DS games among the top-ten best-selling games in August? Yep. New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance were #2 and #3 respectively on the NPD Group’s U.S. software sales chart for last month.
Meanwhile, the #1 position was taken by Darksiders II, which launched simultaneously on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Also on the list was Square Enix’s Sleeping Dogs, which came in at #6.
The top ten best-selling games in August were as follows:
|01.||Darksiders II||PS3, 360, PC||THQ|
|02.||New Super Mario Bros. 2||3DS||Nintendo|
|03.||Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance||3DS||Square Enix|
|04.||NCAA Football 13||PS3, 360||Electronic Arts|
|05.||Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes||PS3, 360, 3DS, Wii, PC, PSV, DS||Warner Bros.|
|06.||Sleeping Dogs||PS3, 360, PC||Square Enix|
|07.||Transformers: Fall of Cybertron||PS3, 360||Activision Blizzard|
|08.||Batman: Arkham City||PS3, 360, PC||Warner Bros.|
|09.||Call of Duty: Black Ops||PS3, 360, Wii, PC, DS||Activision Blizzard|
|10.||The Amazing Spider-Man||PS3, 360, 3DS, Wii, DS||Activision Blizzard|
Software sales in August were down just 1% compared to August 2011, according to the NPD Group’s data.
NPD’s Anita Frazier chalks this up to a strong slate of titles as compared to the year prior. The reason that a decline happened at all is the result of a domino effect from previous months in 2012, where the selection of game releases has not been particularly strong, Frazier suggests.