May NPD: Diablo III, Max Payne 3 Top Another Losing Month
Industry sales tumbled in another double-digit percentage decline, but at least Diablo III and Max Payne 3 fared well.
According to the May NPD sales stats, total North American retail sales were down 28% year-over-year, which unfortunately isn't surprising. February's 20% decline is actually the best month of the year thus far.
Hardware is a tough sell these days as this category fell 39% year-over-year (only the Nintendo 3DS sold more units in May 2012 compared to May 2011), and only accessory sales managed to climb. Software was down 32%; analyst NPD analyst Anita Frazier says the number of titles available is way down compared to last year: 27% fewer new games in the month of May. Less available titles means lower sales, yes? As for the top five titles: Diablo III, Max Payne 3, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Prototype 2, and NBA 2K12.
And here's Sony's official statement from SCEA Sr. Director of Corporate Communications Dan Race:
"According to the May NPD report, exclusive PlayStation 3 titles again posted strong results with MLB12: The Show and Starhawk. PlayStation also continues to experience accelerated digital sales growth for the PS3 and PS Vita platforms. As demonstrated at E3 last week, our commitment to gamers is stronger than ever with upcoming 2013 PS3 exclusive titles, including Beyond: Two Souls, God of War: Ascension and The Last of Us, as well as PS Vita titles PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation which will continue PlayStation’s momentum into the new year."
6/14/2012 8:11:19 PM Ben Dutka