Mortal Kombat 11 Becomes Top Game of 2019 So Far, Switch Wins Again in May Says NPD


The NPD Group have released their full North American sales data for May 2019, and for the first time in quite a while, spending dropped year-on-year. Consumers spent $641 million on games and hardware, down 11 percent from May 2018. Hardware was down 20 percent, while software was down 13 percent.

On the hardware front, the Switch continued it’s 2019 winning ways, but unlike past months, Nintendo’s success wasn’t enough to salvage the month as Xbox One and PS4 sales continue to slump hard. For the second straight month the NPD software charts were topped by Mortal Kombat 11, followed by the PS4-exclusive Days Gone. New May releases are a mixed bag – Total War: Three Kingdoms debuted fairly well for a PC exclusive at #3, but Rage 2 (#4) and Team Sonic Racing (#19) fell short of expectations.

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Here are May’s top-20 games according to NPD:

  1. Mortal Kombat 11
  2. Days Gone
  3. Total War: Three Kingdoms
  4. Rage 2
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  7. Red Dead Redemption II
  8. MLB 19: The Show
  9. Minecraft
  10. NBA 2K19
  11. Mario Kart 8
  12. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  13. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  14. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
  15. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  16. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  17. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  18. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  19. Team Sonic Racing
  20. Yoshi’s Crafted World

And here are the NPD best-sellers of 2019 so far:

  1. Mortal Kombat 11
  2. Kingdom Hearts III
  3. Tom Clancy's The Division 2
  4. Anthem
  5. Resident Evil 2
  6. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  7. Red Dead Redemption II
  8. Days Gone
  9. MLB 19: The Show
  10. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Not exactly a banner month for the industry, but things should pick up as we roll into an unusually-busy summer featuring games like Super Mario Maker 2, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Control, Astral Chain, and more.

What games did you pick up last month? Anything about the May NPD numbers surprise you?

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