It's taken a little longer than usual for the NPD Group to deliver the sales data for May, but the numbers aren't too surprising. Both Red Dead Redemption and Super Mario Galaxy 2, expected to be the leaders for the software side in May, sold very well. May's question mark was Alan Wake.
Note: NPD no longer release sales numbers for the whole top ten, only the top five.
Video Game Software Sales, May 2010:
- 360 -- Red Dead Redemption, Take-Two Interactive, 945,900
- PS3 -- Red Dead Redemption, Take-Two Interactive, 567,100
- Wii -- Super Mario Galaxy 2, Nintendo of America, 563,900
- 360 -- UFC 2010: Undisputed, THQ, 221,100
- PS3 -- UFC 2010: Undisputed, THQ, 192,300
- Wii -- Wii Fit Plus w/ Balance Board, Nintendo of America
- Wii -- New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Nintendo of America
- 360 -- Alan Wake, Microsoft
- DS -- Pokemon SoulSliver, Nintendo of America
- 360 -- Skate 3, Electronic Arts
Video Game Hardware Sales, May 2010:
- Nintendo DS -- 383,700
- Wii -- 334,800 Xbox
- 360 -- 194,600
- PlayStation 3 -- 154,500
- PSP -- 59,400
Poor Alan Wake. It seems like gamers put their money on Red Dead Redemption and Super Mario Galaxy 2 (not bad choices, mind you), while Remedy's long-in-the-making horror adventure struck a niche audience. Perhaps Alan Wake can keep the dream alive through fans excited to learn more through the series of downloadable add-ons scheduled to expand the game universe.
"The portable hardware category contributed the most to the decline in hardware sales for the month, yet the NDS is the best-selling hardware system for May," said NPD Group analyst Anita Frazier in prepared comments with the numbers. "Console hardware unit sales are, in fact, flat to last year. Declines in sales result from a lower average selling price this year compared to last."
Without a premiere video game for the industry to rally around in June, the video game industry could be in for a rough summer. Transformers: War for Cybertron, do you have the power within?