Industry sales tumbled in another double-digit percentage decline, but at least Diablo III and Max Payne 3 fared well.

According to the May NPD sales stats , total North American retail sales were down 28% year-over-year, which unfortunately isn't surprising. February's 20% decline is actually the best month of the year thus far.

Hardware is a tough sell these days as this category fell 39% year-over-year (only the Nintendo 3DS sold more units in May 2012 compared to May 2011), and only accessory sales managed to climb. Software was down 32%; analyst NPD analyst Anita Frazier says the number of titles available is way down compared to last year: 27% fewer new games in the month of May. Less available titles means lower sales, yes? As for the top five titles: Diablo III , Max Payne 3 , Ghost Recon: Future Soldier , Prototype 2 , and NBA 2K12 .

And here's Sony's official statement from SCEA Sr. Director of Corporate Communications Dan Race:

"According to the May NPD report, exclusive PlayStation 3 titles again posted strong results with MLB12: The Show and Starhawk. PlayStation also continues to experience accelerated digital sales growth for the PS3 and PS Vita platforms. As demonstrated at E3 last week, our commitment to gamers is stronger than ever with upcoming 2013 PS3 exclusive titles, including Beyond: Two Souls, God of War: Ascension and The Last of Us, as well as PS Vita titles PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation which will continue PlayStation’s momentum into the new year."

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LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

I bought the top 2 games for the month, nanananananananana!

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
8 years ago

Same here 🙂

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

After a while you have to wonder why it is they keep digital sales numbers a secret. I know NPD has stopped doing numbers, but they should still exist somewhere…

It must have something to do with Freemasons.

firesoul453
firesoul453
8 years ago

LOL!

firesoul453
firesoul453
8 years ago

There is for sure thousands of dollars of games I want to get! Now if only I had thousands of dollars lying around…

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8 years ago

interesting that MP3 has been in the top 2 ever since release, yet so far only sold 20% of what LA Noire did at the same time frame!
surprised actually, LA Noire did well but i did not think it did that well!
really surprised, even this early on i thought MP3 would be wiping the floor with LA Noire!

not really a surprise that this year is down on last years though, may last year had so many awesome games releasing!
both quantity wise and quality wise last year was far ahead!
by this time last year we already had several GOTY contenders in portal 2, crysis 2, dead space 2, LA Noire, infamous 2, and so on.
this year nothing really is worthy of GOTY labelling!
ME3 was great but still a massive disappointment, so was MP3, diablo 3, future soldier, nothing really this year so far deserves GOTY status!

TBH this year is turning out to be year of the disappointments!
everyone was expecting ME3 to be amazing, it disappointed!
everyone was expecting diablo 3 to be amazing, it disappointed.
everyone was expecting MP3 to be amazing, it disappointed!
everyone was expecting future soldier to be amazing, it disappointed!
2012 will go down in the history books as the year of disappointments!
pretty sad were 6 months into the year and so far the best game thats released is uncharted golden abyss!
pretty depressing……………

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
8 years ago

Diablo 3 is the most addictive PC game I have ever played, already 200+ hours into my Barb and farming for rares and legendaries, so much to do and seems unlimited fun…