State of Decay 2 and PS4 Top The Biggest May in Years According to NPD


The NPD Group have released their full May sales data, and, as has been the trend this year, it was a record-setting month. Consumers spent $685 million on games and hardware, which is up from $607 million last year, and all three consoles, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch, had their best May ever. Overall, it was the best May for hardware unit sales since 2011.

On the hardware front, PS4 won the month, although the Switch had the best-selling single SKU (the 32GB with neon Red/Blue Joy-Cons bundle). PS4 is 2018’s best-selling console thus far, but clearly all three consoles are doing quite well for themselves.

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Moving onto software, State of Decay 2 topped the list, which is somewhat surprising, as Microsoft made the game available via Xbox Game Pass at launch. Interestingly, the more heavily-hyped Detroit: Become Human only came in at #3. Other new additions include Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition at #7 and Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection at #17. Meanwhile, April’s God of War stayed strong at #2, while Nintendo Labo dropped right off the list.

Here’s NPD’s full May software top 20:

  1. State of Decay 2
  2. God of War 2018
  3. Detroit: Become Human
  4. Far Cry 5
  5. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition
  8. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege
  9. Mario Kart 8
  10. NBA 2K18
  11. MLB 18: The Show
  12. Call of Duty: WWII
  13. Super Mario Odyssey
  14. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  15. FIFA 18
  16. Overwatch
  17. Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection
  18. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
  19. Assassin's Creed: Origins
  20. Monster Hunter: World

And here’s the updated list of the best-selling games of the past 12 months:

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. NBA 2K18
  3. Destiny 2
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. Super Mario Odyssey
  6. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  7. Far Cry 5
  8. Grand Theft Auto V
  9. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  10. FIFA 18

A rather interesting May – I definitely wasn’t expecting State of Decay 2 to top the software charts! Surprised by any of NPD’s sales figures?