Kingdom Hearts 3D And Sleeping Dogs Were Among August’s Best-Sellers [Update]


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 IIPS3, 360, PCTHQ
02.New Super Mario Bros. 23DSNintendo
03.Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance3DSSquare Enix
04.NCAA Football 13PS3, 360Electronic Arts
05.Lego Batman 2: DC Super HeroesPS3, 360, 3DS, Wii, PC, PSV, DSWarner Bros.
06.Sleeping DogsPS3, 360, PCSquare Enix
07.Transformers: Fall of CybertronPS3, 360Activision Blizzard
08.Batman: Arkham CityPS3, 360, PCWarner Bros.
09.Call of Duty: Black OpsPS3, 360, Wii, PC, DSActivision Blizzard
10.The Amazing Spider-ManPS3, 360, 3DS, Wii, DSActivision 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.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.