NPD June 2014: Mario Kart 8 vs Watch Dogs 2: Electric Boogaloo


Each month industry experts are given a report that details all of the consoles and software numbers sold from physical retail brick-and-mortar stores within the United States, which are then reported on by sites privileged with that sort of information. They are published from the NPD group.

NPD June 2014 Top 10 most sold retail software titles in the US (bracket order=most-to-least sold version):

1. Watch Dogs (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
2. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
3. Minecraft (360, PS3)
4. EA Sports UFC (PS4, Xbox One)
5. FIFA 14 (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, Vita)
6. NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
7. Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
8. Call of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
9. Tomodachi Life (3DS)
10. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)

Furthermore, Geoff Keighley tweeted that, once again, the PS4 was the number 1 seller in the United Staes for the NPD June 2014 reporting period. That’s right, despite the $100 price cut that removed the Xbox One Kinect device from the box, Microsoft’s newest console did not manage to take over the number one spot from Sony. Meanwhile on the year-to-year sales side of things, NPD June 2014 saw a 106% increase in hardware sales, 3% decrease in software sales and an overall 24% increase in overall gaming retail sales over the same time period last year.

Additionally, Nintendo has sent out a press release in regards to the NPD June 2014 report, stating that Mario Kart 8 was the highest-selling SKU for the month and brought in more than 470,000 physical and digital copes in the US for the month (using internal data). It helped to spurn other Wii U titles and the console itself, as the month saw a 233% increase in hardware sales and a 373% increase in software sales in June.

Microsoft would go on to report that the Xbox One and Xbox 360 combined sold the most games across all console platforms,” which is an absolutely outstanding level in terms of Microsoft PR skullduggery. I mean, of course a 9 year old console combined with a new console will outsell individual console competitors, because it’s not on even playing field.

It’s a new way to detract from the poorer-performing Xbox One multiplatform results. The Xbox 360 version is outperforming the Xbox One version of Watch DogsFIFA 15 and Call of Duty: Ghosts this month; all blockbuster titles that have been repeat attendees in the NPD monthly results. 

Then again, the NPD June 2014 results are outstanding in their oddities. Minecraft is still charting, let alone showing up at #3 overall. A seemingly-niche life simulator in Tomodachi Life squeaking in despite same-sex relationship controversy. Three of the top ten games sold this month being sports games, before Madden NFL 15 is even out. Better not dwell on it; growth is growth.

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