The game industry as a whole amassed $1.12 billion across the month, marking a 37% leap over last year's May figures. Despite its $90 price point, Nintendo's Wii Fit sold 687,700 units and clocked in as the month's third best-selling game.
For the first time since its November 2007 debut, Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare failed to place among the month's ten best-selling titles.
May hardware sales in the United States were as follows:
- Wii - 675,100 units
- Nintendo DS - 452,600 units
- PlayStation 3 - 208,700 units
- Xbox 360 - 186,600 units
- PSP - 182,300 units
Meanwhile, May's best-selling console games in the U.S. were:
- Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar, X360) - 871,300 units
- Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii) - 787,400 units
- Wit Fit (Nintendo, Wii) - 687,700 units
- Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar, PS3) - 442,900 units
- Wii Play (Nintendo, Wii) - 294,600 units
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Nintendo, Wii) - 171,100 units
- Iron Man (Sega and A2M, PS2) - 130,600 units
- Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Vicarious Visions, Wii) - 116,800 units
- Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness (Chunsoft, NDS) - 107,000
- Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time (Chunsoft, NDS) - 102,000 units
Frazier went on to note that sales of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV have reached a combined sales total of 4.2 million units, making it the year's top-selling game so far.
"Coming in at number 12 on the top-sellers list, We Ski from Namco, which utilizes the Wii Fit balance board, was able to capitalize on Wii Fit's cross-promotions in circulars and at retail," Frazier added.
NPD also reported that year-to-date sales of Guitar Hero III and Harmonix's Rock Band have reached 2.5 million units 1.3 million units respectively, earning both games a place in the year's top selling titles.