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Red Dead Redemption And Mario Galaxy 2 Lead May North American Sales



Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar San Diego’s open world Western, got off to a fine start in May, NPD analyst, Anita Frazier, pointed out in the research firm’s delayed May sales analysis. The game, a follow-up to 2004’s Red Dead Revolver, sold 1.5 million units across the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in its debut month.


Following Red Dead, was Super Mario Galaxy 2, coming in at 563.9K units.


Something interesting about May 2010 software sales is that, like March, the majority of occupants in the top-ten chart were new releases. This is helps because new releases push up the average selling price for software overall, positively contributing to total revenues.


The top-ten software sales chart for May 2010 is as follows:


Rank Title Sales Release Sys. Publisher
01. Red Dead Redemption 945.9K May-10 360 Take Two
02. Red Dead Redemption 567.1K May-10 PS3 Take Two
03. Super Mario Galaxy 2 563.9K May-10 Wii Nintendo
04. UFC 2010: Undisputed 221.1K May-10 360 THQ
05. UFC 2010: Undisputed 192.3K May-10 PS3 THQ
06. Wii Fit Plus (w/ Balance Board) – – Oct-09 Wii Nintendo
07. New Super Mario Bros. Wii – – Nov-09 Wii Nintendo
08. Alan Wake – – May-10 360 Microsoft
09. Pokémon Soul Silver – – Mar-10 DS Nintendo
10. Skate 3 – – May-10 360 Electronic Arts


May was also another good month of growth for the PlayStation 3. “May was the 10th consecutive month of year-over-year software sales increases for the PS3 platform,” Frazier observes in her report. “Combined with the hardware and accessories sales increases for the platform, the PS3 has really hit its stride.”


Overall, software sales in May 2010 grew 4% over the same period in 2009, contributing $466.3M to industry revenue, as compared to ’09’s $450.4M.

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.