If anything, the 3DS really has shown itself to be the little system that could, at least according to the new July 2013 sales report posted by The NPD Group for hardware and software sales within the last month.
The software-tracking firm releases monthly reports on new retail-copy game sales (not including used games or downloads from services such as XBLA, PSN, Steam, or Origin), with their latest report showing that overall video game sales for the month of July reached $443 million across all US retailers – a 19% decrease from July 2012, where sales were reported at $549.1 million from NPD this time last year.
NPD also posted the top-ten selling retail games for this July:
1) NCAA Football 14 (Xbox 360/PS3)
2) Minecraft (Xbox 360)
3) The Last of Us (PS3)
4) Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Xbox 360/PS3/Wii U/PC)
5) Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
6) Far Cry 3 (Xbox 360/PS3/PC)
7) Battlefield 3 (Xbox 360/PS3/PC)
8) Injustice: Gods Among Us (Xbox 360/PS3/ Wii U)
9) NBA 2K13 (Xbox 360/PS3/Wii/Wii U/PSP/PC)
10) LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Xbox 360/Wii/DS/PS3/3DS/Wii U/Vita/PC)
Overall, the NPD reported that the sales of the top-ten games had a higher spending share than July 2012, but overall sales were down 10% from last year. While the top-ten list includes some usual suspects like Call of Duty: Black Ops II and the new iteration of NCAA Football 14 (which will undergo a name change next year as EA has now lost the NCAA license), Minecraft continues to show a strong hold following its retail release, and will likely continue into its eventual release on Xbox One.
Interestingly enough, The Last of Us and Animal Crossing: New Leaf also held on incredibly strong in their second month of release as the only two console-exclusive games on the list, and both cementing their statuses as system sellers. Animal Crossing: New Leaf has even greater sales when taking into account Nintendo eShop sales which, while digital sales are not reported on NPD charts, would probably bump it up even higher on this list. Far Cry 3 also made a reappearance on the NPD charts after numerous outlets had sales on the game within the past month, such as GameStop.
On the hardware end, Microsoft continued its 31st-consecutive month as the top-selling home console with 107,000 units sold, while 3DS continued a steady upward growth as the overall top-selling console for its 3rd straight month and the only console to show positive growth in July, according to NPD (sales numbers were not given for the 3DS). Nintendo was also silent on sales for the Wii U, especially after its fiscal report showed that the Wii U sold 160,000 units from April 1 to June 30 worldwide. Sony did not release any sales figures for their consoles in this NPD report.