NPD analyst Liam Callahan talked about the May drop:
The decline in May 2015 is attributed to poor comparisons to a strong release slate in May 2014, specifically the launches of Mario Kart 8 and Watch Dogs.Collectively, May 2015 launches sold 55 percent less dollars than May 2014 launches, however, catalog games outside of the launch month sold 3 percent more dollar volume compared to catalog games in May 2014.
Callahan adds that current-gen console software unit sales rose 8 percent and “also gained 15 percentage points in overall software unit share to total 54 percent.”
The Witcher 3, meanwhile, “had the best-selling first month unit sales within the role-playing super genre for eighth generation consoles.”
With the PlayStation 4 already claiming the hardware title, full NPD details for May 2015 have been revealed.
Overall, total industry retail sales in the United States were $507.6 million, according to the NPD. Comparing this to May 2014, it’s down 13%. Looking at the individual categories, hardware was at $153.6 million in May (down 18%), while software was at $204.7 million (down 25%).
Looking at the software chart, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was #1 and sold the most on PlayStation 4. Right behind it, Mortal Kombat X and Grand Theft Auto V also saw PS4 sales leading the way.
Here’s the top 10 selling games in May 2015, which totals retail sales across all systems and includes Collectors Editions, GOTY Editions, and bundles, but not those bundled with hardware (sales by platform are ranked in brackets from highest-selling to least-selling):
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
- Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
- Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
- Splatoon (Wii U)
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
- NBA 2K15 (360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
- FIFA 15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, Wii , 3DS, Vita)
- MLB 15: The Show (PS4, PS3)
- Super Smash Bros. (3DS, Wii U)
If you missed it, here’s what happened in April 2015.
[Source: Games Beat]