May 2011 was the lowest month of sales for the games industry since October of 2006, report the NPD Group. Total video game sales declined 13% compared to May 2010. This owes primarily to a light nrelease schedule for the month, with only 42 new SKUs being brought to market, as opposed to 58 in May 2010.
The light release list caused a decline of 19% in the video game software category. Meanwhile, hardware and accessories declined by 5% and 6% respectively. The upside to the recorded decline in sales, however, is that the NPD don’t track digital sales (yet), which means popular digital releases like the recent Call of Duty: Black Ops “Escalation” map pack don’t contribute toward their sales figure.
Digital purchases, they note, are becoming increasingly more common.
The top-selling platform for the month was the Xbox 360. Nintendo 3DS sales were "light," but the NPD note that, beginning with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D’s release on June 19th, the 3DS will start to see a slate of strong content that will boost its sales for the remainder of the year.
The top-10 software sales chart for the month of May in the U.S. is as follows:
|01.||L.A. Noire||PS3, 360||Take Two|
|02.||Brink||PS3, 360, PC||Bethesda Softworks|
|03.||Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game||PS3, 360, PC, 3DS, Wii, DS, PSP||Lucasarts|
|04.||Portal 2||PS3, 360, PC,||Electronic Arts|
|05.||Mortal Kombat ||PS3, 360||Warner Bros.|
|06.||Call of Duty: Black Ops||PS3, 360, PC, Wii, DS||Activision|
|07.||Zumba Fitness: Join the Party||PS3, 360, Wii||Majesco|
|08.||NBA 2K11 ||PS3, 360, PC, Wii, PSP, PS2||Take Two|
|09.||Just Dance 2||Wii||Ubisoft|
|10.||Lego Star Ware III: The Clone Wars ||PS3, 360, PC, 3DS, Wii, DS, PSP||Lucasarts|