The Witcher 3 tops charts and PS4 back in first place in May NPD


The Witcher 3 was triumphant in the US sales charts in May, which shouldn't surprise anyone. 

"In May 2015, overall sales across hardware, new physical software, and accessories declined by 13%,” the NPD Group’s Liam Callahan said.

“The 20% growth in accessories was unable to offset the 18% and 25% respective declines in new physical software and hardware.”

This week saw the PS4 take out top sales spot in both hardware and software on the NPD Group’s retail tracking charts.


It’s been a one-sided console war so far but it’s still early days, and the Xbox One isn’t exactly in trouble.

“Xbox One sales in the US were up 81% over May 2014 and active global Xbox Live members, Xbox One and Xbox 360, were up 20%,” Microsoft said in a statement.

The NPD attributed a major year-on-year decline in software sales to the very strong performance of Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8 in May 2014.

“Collectively, May 2015 launches sold 55% less dollars than May 2014 launches, however, catalog games outside of the launch month sold 3% more dollar volume compared to catalog games in May 2014,” he added.

“Despite poor comparisons to May 2014 releases, eighth generation consoles software unit sales rose 8% in May 2015, and also gained 15 percentage points in overall software unit share to total 54%.”  Thanks to continued sales of Mortal Kombat X and a bare release schedule last year, Warner Bros. enjoyed a 140% increase in sales revenue during May 2015.

Here’s the full top ten chart:
  1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  2. Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
  3. Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  4. Minecraft (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  5. Splatoon (Wii U)
  6. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
  7. NBA 2K15 (Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
  8. FIFA 15 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii , 3DS, Vita)
  9. MLB 15: The Show (PS4, PS3)
  10. Super Smash Bros. (3DS, Wii U)

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