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NPD Totals US Video Game Revenue for May 2011 - News

by VGChartz Staff , posted on 13 June 2011 / 7,470 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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17 Comments
Alby_da_Wolf (on 18 June 2011)

No DS and PS2 data from NDP yet? Again poor NeoGAF! :-D

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mchaza (on 17 June 2011)

@kowenicki, there shares will increase no matter what when new hardware is released. So you cant lose. Unless Nintendo completely fail with the Wii U or do an SONY and be billions in debt from the start

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kowenicki (on 16 June 2011)

I cant work out if the Nintendo shares, which have plummeted YTD by over 30%, are a good buy now or the equivalent of throwing money away. Their timing seems awful with the 3DS and even worse with the WiiU

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Alby_da_Wolf kowenicki (on 18 June 2011)

While I think Ninty can still do wonders, if it wants, I must agree with you about horrible timing for 3DS and Wii U, and I'd even add horrible wording for the first announce about Wii U made by Iwata before E3, maybe he didn't mean that, but he made Wii look already dead and buried.

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bibs88 (on 14 June 2011)

wow for xbox,good for nintendo,thought ps3 would be higher but guess the psn network being down,,,meh lol..its still confusing to see the 3ds doing bad,nintendo dropped the ball,should of released the system when they hasd there crap togather,i love la noire,brink was medicore at best,portal 2, mk are awesome also.

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Immortal (on 14 June 2011)

3DS... oh my... Do your thing, Zelda! Insane tracking by the way, VGC. This site seemed to be the only one to expect a major (but still underestimated) drop for the 3DS and it was spot on for everything else.

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TheSource (on 14 June 2011)

Article edited to included Wii at 236k and 3DS at 97k.

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Alby_da_Wolf (on 14 June 2011)

Seeing with how much difficulty NPD data come now, I feel sorry for NeoGAF, with their ban on VGC numbers... :-P

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Ail (on 13 June 2011)

You know if you remove Nintendo's numbers the industry as a whole is probably flat YoY( same price point as last year for HD consoles, more accessories with Kinect, same software for Xbox360, higher hardware)

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Beuli2 (on 13 June 2011)

Where are my Wii numbers?

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Salnax (on 13 June 2011)

In short, a crappy month?

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Torillian Torillian (on 17 June 2011)

But I'm still awesome

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