LA Noire Tops Duke Nukem Forever On June Sales Charts


Posted July 14, 2011 - By Stephen Johnson

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Hot off the entirely imaginary presses comes the NPD sales charts for video games in the month of June. The winner, and still champion, Rockstar's LA Noire. It was the top cross-platform game in June, outselling much-waited-for shooter Duke Nukem Forever and Sony's InFamous 2, although it bears mentioning that InFamous 2 is console-specific to the PS3 where Duke Nukem Forever and LA Noire are multi-plat releases.

Further down the charts, we find perennial favorite, Call of Duty: Black Ops. BlOps is number six on the list. For Nintendo heads, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is solidly at number 5 on the charts, in spite of being a port of a game that was originally released in 1998.

While the NPD Group doesn't give exact sales numbers, the order of game sales is as follows:

  1. L.A. Noire (360, PS3) 
  2. Duke Nukem Forever (360, PS3, PC)
  3. Infamous 2 (PS3)
  4. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC)
  5. Legend of Zelda:  Ocarina of Time 3D
  6. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PC) 
  7. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, PC)  
  8. Mortal Kombat 2011 (PS3, 360) 
  9. Cars 2 (NDS, Wii, 360, PS3, PC)
  10. Just Dance 2 (Wii)

Industry estimates hover around 300,000 to 320,000 for Duke Nukem Forever, with LA Noire believed to have sold around 419,000 to 473,000 but those numbers are a bit speculative; take them with a grain of salt.

Overall, sales of video game software were down 12 percent from the previous year.

It's got to be disappointing that Duke Nukem Forever didn't top the sales charts, although number two is pretty good as well. Also: I had predicted that Alice: Madness Returns would be a very successful title, but it's not even on the top ten of sales, proving, once again, that I shouldn't predict things. Also: Shadows of the Damned, a generally well-recieved game, didn't crack the top ten either.

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LA Noire Tops Duke Nukem Forever On June Sales Charts


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