Watch Dogs And Mario Kart 8 Lead May’s Videogame Sales In U.S.


Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs was the best-selling game in the U.S. during the month of May. The game launched on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and took the #1 spot on the top-ten software sales chart for the month. Following close behind it at #2 was Mario Kart 8 for the Wii.


Other new games that made it into the top-ten were Wolfenstein: The New Order and Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and alongside Watch Dogs and Mario Kart, contributed to an 800% increase in dollar sales over May 2013.


The top-10 best-sellers in the U.S. during the month of April were as follows:


01.Watch DogsPS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PCUbisoft
02.Mario Kart 8NWUNintendo
03.MLB 14: The ShowPS4, PS3, PSVSony
04.Wolfenstein: The New OrderPS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PCBethesda
05.Minecraft360, PS3Microsoft/Sony
06.The Amazing Spider-Man 2360, PS3, PS4, XBO, 3DS, NWUActvision Blizzard
07.NBA 2K14360, PS4. PS3, XBO, PCTake 2
08.Titanfall360, XBO, PCElectronic Arts
09.Kirby Triple Deluxe3DSNintendo
10.Call of Duty: Ghosts360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC, NWUActivision Blizzard

 Tracking period: May 4th – May 31st, 2014


On the hardware front, the PlayStation 4 was the best-selling hardware for the month. The NPD Group also pointed out that the Wii U and PS Vita say an increase in sales compared to May 2013, owing to Mario Kart 8 and Borderlands 2 bundles respectively.


Meanwhile, accessory sales contributed to consumer spending during May as well. Accessory sales saw a 15% increase compared to May 2013, due to “the continued success of Video Game Point and Subscription Cards, Interactive Gaming Toys, and Gamepads,” according to the NPD Group.


Correction: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was listed twice. The error has been corrected.

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.