NPD has released June sales figures for the US, showing big Xbox 360 hardware increases and more blistering numbers for Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption.
However, the industry as a whole was down 6 percent for the month year-on-year.
Industry sales total $1.10 billion, down 6 percent
Overall videogame sales fell 6 percent in the US during June, despite the debut of Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 model, with accessory, hardware, and software sales totaling $1.10 billion compared to $1.17 billion year-on-year.
NPD once again attributed the decline to the decrease in portable hardware and software sales.
Nintendo still dominates US hardware sales
Handhelds may have contributed to the overall decline in the market, but DS was tops again in June, moving 510.7K units, 127K more than May.
Microsoft’s Xbox 360 was the best selling console for the month, moving 451.7K units thanks in part to the sleeker 250Gb model introduced at E3 last month. June was also the second-largest hardware month for non-holiday sales for Microsoft since 2007, when Halo launched.
Nintendo took the third spot with Wii at 422.5K, and Sony came fourth with 304.8K PS3s moved.
PSP sold 121K units, which is 61.6K more than May.
Here’s the full chart:
- DS -510.7K
- Xbox 360 – 451.7K
- Wii – 422.5K
- PS3 – 304.8K
- PSP 121.0K
When compared with May figures, all formats realized a unit sales increase.
June 2010 hardware sales rose 5 percent year-on-year, up to $401.7M from $382.8M in June 2009.
US hardware year-to-date:
- DS – 3,071,400 (-33% yoy)
- Wii – 2,455,700 (+17% yoy)
- Xbox 360 – 1,924,900 (+88% yoy)
- PS3 – 1,591,000 (+85% yoy)
- PSP – 599,300 (-26% yoy)
US hardware life-to-date:
- DS – 41,798,158
- Wii – 29,540,081
- 360 – 20,555,886
- PSP – 17,436,836
- PS3 – 12,719,696
Software sales down 15 percent at $531.3M, RDR tops
Software sales came in at $531.3M, down 15 percent from $627M last year.
Red Dead Redemption stole the number one spot again in June, with 582.9K units moved on Xbox 360, and took the number three spot with 380.3K sold on PS3.
RDR is now the top-selling game of the year, with an estimated 2,475,900 units moved.
New chart releases for June included Just Dance at 174.9K units on Wii, Toy Story 3 in seventh place and LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 at ninth.
Here’s the full chart:
- Red Dead Redemption (360) – 582.6K
- Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)– 548.4K
- Red Red Redemption (PS3) – 380.3K
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)– 200.9K
- Just Dance (Wii)– 174.8K
- Wii Fit Plus (Wii) – 148K (per Nintendo)
- Toy Story 3 (DS) – 164K (per Nintendo)
- UFC 2010: Undisputed (360) – 148K (per Microsoft)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Wii) – 136K (per Nintendo)
- UFC 2010: Undisputed (PS3)
High-profile titles that didn’t make the top ten include: Alpha Protocol, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Singularity, Transformers: War for Cybertron, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11.
The top twenty software chart can be found through here.
The Big Three respond
The hardware manufacturers issued their usual statements in the figures’ wake, with MS pointing out it has outsold PS3 for five years, Sony fixing on year-over-year growth and Nintendo bragging over Super Mario Galaxy 2 passing the 1 million sold mark.