NPD June: The Last of Us, Animal crossing top charts

Friday, 19th July 2013 00:09 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The 3DS was the clear winner at US retail this month, taking the top hardware spot and three slots on the software charts, including second place.

NPD June 2013: at a glance

Total spend down 15% year-on-year but up since May.

Accessories, software and hardware all down – hardware significantly so.

The Last of Us took top sales spot.

The 3DS was the best-selling system and charted strongly in software, too.

Notable past reports: May 2013. June 2012.

The NPD Group has released its regular monthly report on US retail sales. As ever, remember that this report tracks only traditional retail – not digital sales, online retailers, mobile games, DLC and myriad other sectors which represent enormous growth for the industry.

June 2013 saw a now-expected overall drop in spend, down 15% from June 2012′s $700.6 million to just $593.3 million. Despite the drop, it’s an improvement on May’s $386.3 million.

Software sales fell 14% to $313.8 million. Accessories fell 9% from $170.3 million to $155.2 million.

Hardware had a particularly bad drop, falling 30% to $142 million from June 2012′s $201.5 million; probably due to the upcoming hardware transition, as these figures do not include next-gen pre-orders, which are through the roof.

Nintendo sent a pretty glowing account of the NPD report this month, noting that 225,000 3DS units were sold during June, a 40% year-on-year increase. It was the best-selling system of the month.

“To quote Nintendo during E3, ‘software sells hardware’, which is evident in this month’s 3DS results,” the NPD’s Liam Callahan said.

“Strong double-digit increases in the 3DS hardware sales were coupled with triple-digit digit increases in software for June sales. 3DS software sales momentum is building due to a steady flow of content over the past few months, leading to positive year-to-date sales results.”

Xbox 360 took second place with 140,000 units sold. Nintendo has now held sway over the hardware charts for two months in a row, ending Microsoft’s years-long dominance of US retail. That said, the NPD counts consoles and portables separately, allowing Microsoft to add another month to its tally; it’s spent 30 months as the best-selling console. Total Xbox 360 platform spend reached $197 million in June.

The NPD began tracking Ouya in June but found retail sales to be “relatively light”. The firm didn’t seem much concerned, noting a lack of stock and the newness of the brand; direct sales through the company’s website are probably a major factor, too.

In a statement published on Joystiq, Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman also dismissed concerns.

“Nobody thinks much about NPD numbers since we all know they miss critical data including reporting from digital retailers or company sites,” she said.

“Ouya sold every unit available launch week and are currently still chasing demand.”


The Last of Us made a seriously impressive debut; although the NPD doesn’t release sales figures, and Sony is yet to follow up the report with a statement, Callahan said the Naughty Dog adventure had the second highest first-month sales of a PS3 first-party game ever, behind God of War 3 in March 2010.

“The Last of Us was also the third highest game to launch during the month of June since NPD began tracking sales in 1995,” he added.

Minecraft’s retail release performed very strongly, but otherwise, it’s all about Nintendo.

“Animal Crossing: New Leaf also sold well in the context of first-party games for the 3DS, having the third highest first-month sales next to two launches from holiday 2011: Mario Kart 7, and Super Mario 3D Land,” Callahan revealed.

Including digital sales, New Leaf life-to-date sales have passed 505,000, Nintendo revealed. It’s the second highest digital-to-retail ratio in Nintendo’s history, just behind Fire Emblem Awakening.

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and Donkey Kong Country Returns also charted for the portable, giving it three top ten entries.

The full software chart follows. It’s worth noting that the top three slots are all exclusives – the first time that has happened this generation, the NPD said – and that all three were available via download.

  1. The Last of Us (PS3)
  2. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
  3. Minecraft (X360)
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (PC, PS3, Wii U, X360)
  5. NBA 2K13 (PC, PSP, PS3, Wii, Wii U, 360)
  6. Injustice: Gods Among Us (PS3, Wii U, X360)
  7. Donkey Kong Country Returns (3DS, Wii)
  8. Deadpool (PS3, X360)
  9. Battlefield 3 (PC, PS3, X360)
  10. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)



  1. Sini

    where wii u flop numbers at

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Francis O

    @1, I remember when everybody was calling the 3DS a flop. Then games started coming out….

    We’ll see how things go by December when Nintendo actually has a lot of games out.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    @2 Sadly, even as a supporter of all formats, I’m afraid the Wii U has very little chance of any sort of resurgence. It simply isn’t what people what. That’s not to dismiss its quality, because plenty of it is there, but its hard to ignore just how incredibly poorly its doing.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Phoenixblight


    PS4 offers more not just what it can do with gaming, it has 3rd party support, will be able to play movies in 4K(once that is out to the public), stream known brands and all for the price of 400$. The only way Nintendo will get ahead is releasing a lot of titles and dropping the price.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. machy

    thx to all the protesting that happening here in egypt I didnt get my hands on the last of US yet :’(
    and thx to the crappy ISPs downloading 20+ GB ‘d be pain in the a$$

    #5 1 year ago
  6. SpecialZ


    Yeah, yeah. The same talk you people had about Vita.
    “Hey, it will have better screen, can play movies, MP3, it will have facebook, skype and moar better games, it can cook your breakfast and can act like a girlfriend, 3DS is doomed, Vita will crush it”.

    And then, PSVita turned out to be PSMortis while 3DS is the best selling console month after month, with way better game library.

    And the same thing applies to Wii… doomed, blah blah. And the same for DS.

    DS crap, wont survive PSP. Wii crap, wont survive the PS360. And still, instead of being crushed, they left the others behind eating dust.

    So yeah…

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Phoenixblight


    Yeah and what did Nintendo do? They dropped the price by a bill and then the games started coming out. Nintendo has to do the same thing for the Wii U.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Ireland Michael

    @6 The difference is, developers weren’t dropping the 3DS like flies. It might have had a slow start (as all new hardware does) but it was a cheetah compared to what’s happening with the Wii U right now… and I’m someone who *supports* the format.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. SpecialZ

    @7 the point I want to make is that “it will play movies, 4K, will have this and that” wont guarantee any sales advantage and appeal. It’s a plus, a nice extra, but nothing more than cool embedded gimmicks. No way it can overshadow a good game library. And there are some nice titles coming for the Wii U.

    Wii U needs games. That’s what will make it sell.

    A price cut in the future would help too, but games is the first and more important card to put on the table. And of course, some good marketing too because Nintendo fails badly on this department.

    Sorry if what I say sounds troll, not my intention. But I’m really tired of that kind of comparison on every Nintendo new platform, man.

    And sorry for my bad english. Not my first language.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Phoenixblight


    My point was that people will look at what the system offers for the price. Games will be foremost of course but the system offers more than what the WiiU does and for about the same price point. More bang for your buck with the PS4.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. SpecialZ

    @10 yes, people will buy videogame consoles looking for good games.
    If the good games are there, so there’s your bang for the buck, theres the value.

    And I’m not even arguing about a price cut. I think it will happen eventually. But right now, isn’t the moment.

    If price was the issue right now, those sub $200 crazy sales that pops here and there would have caused people to buy the system like never before.

    But no games… even if it costs $150, no one will buy it.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Phoenixblight


    Right, thats why I said they need games and a price cut just like the 3DS.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Francis O


    what are you talking about, nobody was developing for the 3DS back in 2011. There were not many games by third parties, Nintendo didn’t have much. Hell, even now, Nintendo’s third party 3DS support isn’t that good. It’s all about their first party games.

    That’s what the Wii U needs, more good games. Which were getting. The sales surged with the release of one game, Pikmin 3, and that’s not even Nintendo’s biggest franchise. Donkey Kong, Zelda , Mario, Smash Bros, all sell more.

    When Nintendo gets those games out, it will be different for Wii U. People are just waiting for the good games.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. MFBB

    I think the WiiU should have been a more powerful console.

    It should have been on the same level as PS4/Xbone.

    There are to many news about publishers/developers saying there games wont run on WiiU or it is not possible to port it to Wiiu because the console lacks hardware power.

    Then it would have gotten all the multiplatform games, third party support + all the Nintendo games.

    Glad The Last Of Us is doing so well, best single player game.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. DrDamn

    Agree the machine needs an official price cut and the games. Not just one or the other.

    The sales got a bump up to the sort of level it needs to be selling week in week out from Pikmin’s release. A surge is a relative term too. Surging from really very bad to acceptable is still nothing to shout about. It’ll have a bigger impact in the West though I would hope.

    #15 1 year ago

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