NPD Totals US Video Game Revenue for May 2011 - NewsVGChartz Staff , posted on 13 June 2011 / 7,458 Views
NPD has just released US video game revenues figures covering the four weeks ending May 28.
For the month of May 2011, hardware sales, software sales and accessory sales reached $743.1m - down 14% from last May. Software sales were $375.8m, down 19% while hardware fell 5% to $228.9m. Even accessories fell 6% compared to last May, to $114m in 2011.
In the previous month, April 2011, figures for hardware, software and accessories tallied $961.2m in total. Hardware sales accounted for $279.9m of the total, with software coming to $503.2m, and accessories making up the remaining $147.6m.
Last May video revenue figures were $823.5m in total for the USA video game market, of which $241.5m was hardware sales. Software sales reached $466.3m, with accessory sales at $115.7m.
NPD reported hardware sales in May at the following levels, in contrast to previous months - each month is four weeks.
May 2011 April 2011 M/M May 2010 Y/Y
X360 270,000 297,000 -10% 194,600 +39%
Wii 236,000 172,000 +37% 334,800 -30%
PS3 176,800 204,000 -13% 154,500 +15%
3DS 97,000 194,000 -50% n/a
DS ~250,000 383,700
PSP >59,400 ~89,000 59,400
PS2 ~20,000 ~40,000
Total ~1,228,000 1,167,000
Hardware will be filled in as it arrives. Nintendo's Wii figures, once they come reflect a May 15 price cut, which lifted sales for half the month. Wii sales jumped from an average of 43,000 per week in April to 59,000 per week in May at a time when most other hardware dropped off substantially, which indicates the price cut was pretty effective. Moreover, the 43,000 per week pace in April didn't change much in early May, so Nintendo appears to have gone from selling 40,000 Wiis / week for two weeks, to almost 80,000 Wiis per week for two weeks. Given that, June figures shoud be 70,000 or more per week - 350,000+ over the course of a five week month.
3DS figures, at 97,000 in four weeks, have rapidly slowed since the initial 400,000 week launch in March. Nintendo forecast to ship 16m 3DS systems in the March 2012 year but its difficult to see figures that strong even with an 8m Christmas quarter. Japanese figures dipped to only about 15,000 per week, the equivalent of 37,500 / week in the USA scaled for population instead of about 24,000 / week this month - so the 3DS also appears to be starting off weakly in the West as the original DS did which bodes poorly for the forecast.
NPD also reported the top ten games of the months as the following titles. Platform order is not indicative of sales by platform.
Software (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms incl. PC)
01. L.A. Noire (360, PS3) Take 2 Interactive ~900k
02. Brink (360, PS3, PC) Bethesda Softworks ~401k (excludes PC)
03. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC) Disney Roughly 365k?
04. Portal 2 (360, PS3, PC) Electronic Arts Roughly 330k?
05. Mortal Kombat 2011 (PS3, 360) Warner Bros. Interactive ~292k
06. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PC) Activision Blizzard
07. Zumba Fitness: Join the Party (Wii, 360, PS3) Majesco
08. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, PC) Take 2 Interactive
09. Just Dance 2 (Wii) Ubisoft
10. Lego Star Ware III: The Clone Wars (Wii, NDS, 360, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC) Lucasarts
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