U.S. Software sales during the month of May dropped 44% compared to May 2012, the NPG Group reported today. Meanwhile, hardware sales dropped 31%, while total industry sales at retail dropped 25%.
“Overall entertainment software declines, down forty-four percent, were driven partly by sharp year-over-year declines within PC games due to poor comparisons to last year’s Diablo 3 release,” said NPD analyst Liam Callahan.
“Softness in new physical entertainment software sales stemmed from a decline in the number of new launches, with over 30% fewer new SKUs, as well as poor performance of the new SKUs that were released. New SKUs generated over seventy percent less units on a per-SKU basis, and a decrease of over eighty percent revenue per SKU.”
“Overall new launch performance in May’13 was poor, down 84% in units, decreasing 88% in dollars, which was driven by PCs and Consoles as new launches for portables were up 5% in units, and down only 7% in dollars.”
The top-10 best-selling games for the month of April (at retail) were as follows:
|01.||Injustice: Gods Among Us||360, PS3, Wii U||Warner Bros.|
|02.||Call of Duty: Black Ops 2||360, PS3, PC, Wii U||Activision Blizzard|
|03.||Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D||3DS||Nintendo|
|04.||Dead Island: Riptide
||360, PS3, PC||Deep Silver|
|05.||Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon||3DS||Nintendo|
|06.||Metro: Last Light||360, PS3, PC||Deep Silver|
|07.||NBA 2K13||360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC||Take 2|
|08.||Bioshock Infinite||360, PS3, PC||Take 2|
|09.||Battlefield 3||360, PS3, PC||Electronic Arts|
|10.||LEGO Batman 2||360, Wii, DS, PS3, 3DS, Wii U, PSV, PC||Warner Bros.|
Reporting period: May 5th – June 1st, 2013.