June NPD: Batman: Arkham Knight powers PS4 to victory

It was a good month to be the Batman, if the June NPD report is any indication.

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The console wars took something of an interesting twist for the month of June. The PlayStation 4 beat out the Xbox One, according to the latest NPD report, and it was largely on the strength of Batman: Arkham Knight. Yes, the PS4-exclusive features and the PS4 bundle were enough to give the multiplatform Batman the power to give Sony the edge for June.

"Batman: Arkham Knight was the number one game for June 2015, and with just 12 days of sales was also the second highest-selling game so far in 2015 after Mortal Kombat X," said the NPD Group's Liam Callahan. "Sales of Arkham Knight slightly exceeded October 2011 sales of Batman: Arkham City (remarkable considering the difference in hardware install bases) and if sales were included from hardware bundles, Arkham Knight is the best-selling game of 2015 so far."

Batman almost single-handedly spurred the software market last month, leading a 19 percent year-to-year increase of physical sales. This is remarkable considering what a slow month for new releases it was. Finishing behind it was The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited and LEGO Jurassic World, with last month's top dog, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, taking a fourth place finish. Splatoon continues its surprising success by rounding out the top five.

June Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms incl. PC; new releases in bold)

  • Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, XBO, PC)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (XBO, PS4, PC)
  • LEGO: Jurassic World (360, XBO, PS4, PS3, 3DS, NWU, PSV)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4, XBO, PC)**
  • Splatoon (NWU)
  • Minecraft (360, PS3, XBO, PS4)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (XBO, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  • Mortal Kombat X (PS4, XBO)**
  • NBA 2K15 (360, PS4, XBO, PS3, PC)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (XBO, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)**
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