June 2017 NPD: Tekken 7 and Injustice 2 Brawl, Crash Bandicoot Sees Strong Launch

July 20, 2017Written by Chandler Wood


PS4 led the pack again for hardware sales in June 2017 thanks to Sony’s new release of a gold PS4 slim, though the month marked a strong growth for hardware in general. “It was the best performing June for PlayStation 4 unit sales to date,” said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. The Nintendo Switch has helped hardware sales in general to surge, but there has been a strong decline in portable hardware sales. “Year to date, hardware spending has grown 19 percent versus 2016 to $1.4 billion,” said Piscatella. “The Nintendo Switch has been the catalyst for year-to-date growth. But portable hardware spending continues to decline. Year-to-date, spending on portable hardware has fallen 40 percent.”

Apart from accessory sales which fell by 1% to $159 million, total industry sales were up by 7% year-on-year in June 2017 to $765 million. Hardware saw a particularly big boost — up 27% over June 2016 to $231 million — which is largely credited to the Nintendo Switch and Sony’s gold slim PS4. Console and PC software were each up by 1% and 2% to 343 million and 32 million respectively.

Looking towards software sales, fighting games come out on top for the second month in a row, with Injustice 2 only dropping to second after Tekken 7 released in June. Injustice 2 took the top spot in May. Piscatella notes “June marks the second consecutive month that a newly-released fighting game has topped the sales chart.” Crash Bandicoot also landed at an impressive fourth place considering it only released on the PS4 and was only available for the final two days of NPD’s tracking period. “Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy is the first Crash Bandicoot franchise game to debut in the top 5 since Crash Bandicoot: Warped, which launched on the Sony PlayStation in November 1998.,” Piscatella said.

Here’s the top 20 best-selling games (by revenue) of June 2017 in the US through physical and digital retailers, keeping in mind that digital sales aren’t included for ArmsMario Kart 8, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, or the PC version of Overwatch:

  1. Tekken 7
  2. Injustice 2
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
  5. Arms
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  7. Mario Kart 8
  8. Overwatch
  9. NBA 2K17
  10. Horizon Zero Dawn
  11. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  12. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  13. MLB 17: The Show
  14. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  15. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  16. Battlefield 1
  17. Minecraft
  18. The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind
  19. FIFA 17
  20. Forza Horizon 3

And here’s the top 10 best-selling PS4 games of May 2017 in the US:

  1. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
  2. Tekken 7
  3. Injustice 2
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Horizon Zero Dawn
  6. MLB 17: The Show
  7. Overwatch
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  10. Battlefield 1

None of June’s new releases managed to crack into the top 10 best-selling games of 2017 so far:

  1. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  3. For Honor
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Horizon Zero Dawn
  6. Injustice 2
  7. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  8. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  9. NBA 2K17
  10. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Finally, these are the 10 best-selling games of the last 12 months rolling through June 2017, which sees the top five unchanged from last month:

  1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  2. Battlefield 1
  3. NBA 2K17
  4. Madden NFL 17
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. FIFA 17
  7. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  8. Final Fantasy XV
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  10. Overwatch

Once again, the top 10 best-selling portable games in June 2017 were all for Nintendo 3DS, with Fire Emblem and Pokemon Sun/Moon leading the way, and the Vita failing to see produce any top sales candidates.

[Source: Venture Beat]