May NPD: New game launches rule the roost

PlayStation 4 beat Xbox One for the fifth consecutive month, but next month the $400 XBO goes into effect. In the meantime, new game launches filled several spots on the sales charts, including the top four.

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We've finally hit our last month of competition between Sony and Microsoft during which Sony has the price advantage. PlayStation 4 beat out Xbox One to lead hardware sales for the fifth consecutive month. However, with the $400 XBO model having gone on-sale early this month, we should get a better 1:1 comparison starting with the next NPD figures.

The NPD Group reported this evening that console hardware increased 137% in May 2014 over the prior year. That rise is due mostly to the launch of new consoles, but it notes that both Wii U and Vita are up over last year as well. NPD credits bundles like the ones for Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) and Borderlands 2 (Vita) for part of their respective upticks.

Software, which had been on the decline, saw an increase in May thanks to several new game launches. New games accounted for roughly half of all the dollar sales in the month, as compared to only 9% last year. In other words: people really like buying new games. Shocking, isn't it?

As for exactly what people were buying, Watch Dogs finished on top. Mario Kart 8 finished in second place, which is still pretty impressive considering it's only on one console, and that console has a small install base. The launches of other new games like MLB 14: The Show and Wolfenstein also hit near the top, with Amazing Spider-Man and Kirby rounding out the middle and lower rungs.

    Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; new releases bolded)

    • Watch Dogs (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)

    • Mario Kart 8 (NWU)

    • MLB 14: The Show (PS4, PS3, PSV)

    • Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)

    • Minecraft (360, PS3)

    • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, 3DS, NWU)

    • NBA 2K14 (360, PS4. PS3, XBO, PC)

    • Titanfall (360, XBO, PC)

    • Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)

    • Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC, NWU)

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    June 16, 2014 5:10 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, May NPD: New game launches rule the roost.

    PlayStation 4 beat Xbox One for the fifth consecutive month, but next month the $400 XBO goes into effect. In the meantime, new game launches filled several spots on the sales charts, including the top four.

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      June 16, 2014 5:19 PM

      Awesome to see a Wii U game so far up. Will be interesting to see how long it can stay on the list.

      Wasn't Mario Kart Wii on and off the list for about two years?

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        June 16, 2014 7:38 PM

        I don't remember exactly but I want to say you're right. Nintendo games tend to have staying power around the bottom 5.

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          June 16, 2014 9:17 PM

          Mario Kart on Wii sold like 35 million copies so it must have been on the charts for a hell of a long time.

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      June 16, 2014 6:14 PM

      Whoa, Wolfenstein only managed the no. 4 spot despite being on 5 platforms. That can't be good.

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        June 16, 2014 7:40 PM

        Which is weird because it was actually pretty good.

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        June 17, 2014 9:45 AM

        Look at the titles above it. Wolfenstein isn't bigger than any of those. That's about right.

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      June 17, 2014 12:05 AM

      According to Amazon the PS4 is #6 in the top sellers and Xbox One is #46. Not sure if that is all of Amazon or if that is my region (US)?

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        June 17, 2014 4:38 AM

        I want to say thats a regional thing....knowing Amazon anyway.

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          June 17, 2014 4:49 AM

          Yeah. I'm pretty sure Amazon.ca and so on have their own separate rankings.

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          June 17, 2014 9:24 AM

          I would assume so. Europe and Asia tends to favor Sony so this seems like bad news for xbox. I wonder if there will be even more pressure now for MS to sell off Xbox to someone else.

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          June 17, 2014 9:47 AM

          PS4 #5 and Xbox One is #36 in the USA. That's not a good sign for microsoft.