June NPD: L.A. Noire, Duke Nukem and Infamous 2 top the list; Xbox sells over 500K units

The NPD Group has released its monthly report, outlining the top ten selling games for the month of June 2011. L.A. Noire retained its hold on the list, with Duke Nukem Forever coming in at second spot, and Infamous 2 in third.

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Despite analyst firm Wedbush Morgan halving initial sales estimates for Duke Nukem Forever earlier this month, Take Two's returning hero made it to number two on the NPD Group's monthly "Top Ten" chart of best-selling, physical retail titles. The Team Bondi-developed cop action-drama L.A. Noire retained its number one spot for a second month.

Infamous 2 had a strong showing, coming in at third despite launching during E3 2011--a time where most hardcore gamer attention is focused everywhere but the release calendar. Also receiving plenty of attention was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D at number five on the top ten list, making it the first 3DS to appear on the chart.

Total game sales slumped to $1.03 billion versus $1.15 billion during the same period last year. Microsoft was quick to declare its console the industry's big winner, topping console sales by moving 507,000 units during the month, which Microsoft claims is "nearly twice as many units as other current-generation platforms" during the recorded period.

    Top 10 best-selling, physical retail games (US) 5/29/11 through 7/2/11

  • L.A. Noire (360, PS3)

  • Duke Nukem Forever (360, PS3, PC)

  • Infamous 2 (PS3)

  • Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC)

  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS)

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PC)

  • NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, PC)

  • Mortal Kombat (PS3, 360)

  • Cars 2 (NDS, Wii, 360, PS3, PC)

  • Just Dance 2 (Wii)

Note: The NPD Group no longer lists software as individual platforms. Sales for all platforms will now be combined when listed in the "Top Ten" and no figures will be released to the public from the NPD Group. Listing counts new physical retail sales only.

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    July 14, 2011 5:00 PM

    Xav de Matos posted a new article, June NPD: L.A. Noire, Duke Nukem and Infamous 2 top the list; Xbox sells over 500K units.

    The NPD Group has released its monthly report, outlining the top ten selling games for the month of June 2011. L.A. Noire retained its hold on the list, with Duke Nukem Forever coming in at second spot, and Infamous 2 in third.

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      July 14, 2011 6:12 PM

      360 hardware numbers are hard to explain. There were multiple gift card deals but PS3 also had the same deals. They were giving away a free 360 with a laptop purchase but that was only at Best Buy and you had to buy either a Dell or HP that cost over $700 with a valid student id.

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        July 14, 2011 10:38 PM

        I think the free 360 was other places too. I know I saw in on Amazon.

        I know I got a new 360 (For Father's Day) in June to replace my old one which had stopped working

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      July 14, 2011 6:14 PM

      Shake it, Cannata!

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      July 14, 2011 7:19 PM

      Come go and see, will not regret it Oh look

      http://www.ifancyshop.com

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      July 14, 2011 8:32 PM

      I bet a bunch of people also picked up Duke Nukem on the Steam sale for half off, which isn't counted in these.

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      July 15, 2011 5:42 AM

      Without absolute numbers, this list means nothing. That LA Noire beat DNF is a big sign of how poorly DNF did. LA Noire was released in May and most games sell the majority of their copies within the first couple weeks.

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        July 15, 2011 5:51 AM

        LA Noire also had a huge marketing campaign

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          July 15, 2011 8:35 AM

          DNF's marketing campaign was at least as big.

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        July 15, 2011 7:55 AM

        Excuse me, WHAT? LA Noire is a Blockbuster. How is that a sign that DNF did poorly?

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          July 15, 2011 8:35 AM

          LA Noire isn't that big of a hit. It sold less than 900,000 copies in May when it first came out.

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        July 15, 2011 8:06 AM

        You seriously want DNF to fail so badly that you're actually trying to turn being #2 on the sales charts (behind a AAA Rockstar game no less) into a failure?

        You're an idiot.

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          July 15, 2011 8:33 AM

          Being #2 behind an old game in a weak month is a disaster.

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            July 15, 2011 8:47 AM

            If that is considered a disaster I hate to be one of the games that came out that month and didn't even make the top 10.

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              July 15, 2011 9:09 AM

              Depends on how much was spent making and marketing the game. Even for Gearbox, DNF is a disaster. They probably won't recoup the costs for purchasing the IP.

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                July 15, 2011 1:54 PM

                Well that depends on how future duke games do. I assume that is what they are banking on by buying the Duke IP. If it was a good idea to push out DNF is a different story.

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                July 15, 2011 8:53 PM

                I think just the fact they made ANY money on the game is something... I don't think they ever expected to make a ton of money out of this one... I think their plans are mostly for the future. They just wanted to get this finished and out the door. I bet the we'll see another Duke game in a couple years and it will probably be a HELL of a lot tighter than this one. (And I'm one of the few people who actually really enjoyed the game... or at least parts of it).

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            July 15, 2011 2:26 PM

            Yup. You're an idiot.

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              July 15, 2011 2:51 PM

              You're the idiot.

              As per Evil Benius a couple posts down, DNF sold 376k in June. Those are atrociously bad numbers for any game. Even factoring in Steam, DNF is still an unmitigated disaster.

              The only way to spin these numbers is by doing shenanigans like saying DNF was the #2 seller in June while leaving out all the caveats that come with that (slow month, behind a game that came out two months ago). I'd be shocked if DNF shows up in the top 10 list for July.

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        July 15, 2011 8:57 AM

        I posted the (non-digital) sales numbers for DNF in the chatty. You can find it in my post history.

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        July 15, 2011 8:59 AM

        Here is the list with current numbers from NeoGAF.

        Software (New physical retail only, across all platforms including PC)
        01. L.A. Noire (360, PS3) Take 2 Interactive - 419,000
        02. Duke Nukem Forever (360, PS3, PC) Take 2 Interactive - 376,300
        03. Infamous 2 (PS3) Sony - 369,200
        04. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC) Disney Interactive Studios
        05. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS) Nintendo - 283,200
        06. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PC) Activision Blizzard
        07. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, PC) Take 2 Interactive
        08. Mortal Kombat 2011 (PS3, 360) Warner Bros. Interactive
        09. Cars 2 (NDS, Wii, 360, PS3, PC) Disney Interactive Studios
        10. Just Dance 2 (Wii) Ubisoft

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      July 15, 2011 7:47 AM

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      July 15, 2011 7:53 AM

      Blops is up there? Hasn't it almost been a year now?

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      July 15, 2011 8:01 AM

      Does it count Steam sales in the data? Just wondering, thanks.

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        July 15, 2011 8:08 AM

        I don't think so.

        There was a thing a while back on how it only counted physical stores not online ones like Amazon but they've since fixed that.

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          July 15, 2011 8:49 AM

          "Listing counts new physical retail sales only."

          No digital sales what so ever. Any box copy sale, online or in store.

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