As has become a recurring trend for these NPD sales reports, the physical arm of the North American games industry declined yet again in July. The market as a whole dropped by 19 per cent year-over-year, with hardware specifically facing a 34 per cent decrease from $150.9 million in 2012 to just $99.4 million last month.
Once again, the Nintendo 3DS was the best selling platform, with the Xbox 360 stealing the console accolades. Sony hasn’t released numbers for the PlayStation 3 or Vita, but seeing as Microsoft’s machine moved 107,000 units, we know that the Japanese giant’s figures were lower. We suspect that the PS3 probably wasn’t too far off that tally.
As for software, NCAA Football 14 took the top spot. The Last of Us – which dominated in June – fell into third, while Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Far Cry 3, and Injustice: Gods Among Us fleshed out the multiformat top ten. Physical software sales declined by 19 per cent year-over-year, pulling in $210.1 million compared to $260.8 million in 2012.
We’ve included the full list of movers and shakers below. Did any new (or old) titles tickle your wallet into submission last month? Let us know in the comments section.
1. NCAA Football 14 (360, PS3)
2. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (360)
3. The Last of Us (PS3)
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
5. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
6. Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC)
7. Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC)
8. Injustice: Gods Among Us (360, PS3, Wii U)
9. NBA 2k13 (360, PS3, Wii, NWU, PSP, PC)
10. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (360, Wii, NDS, PS3, 3DS, NWU, PSV, PC)