May 2017 NPD Sales Charts: PS4 and Injustice 2 Top Hardware and Software

Sony Interactive Entertainment, NetherRealm Studios, and Warner Bros. top May 2017's sales charts in the United States with the PS4 and Injustice 2 respectively.

Today, NPD Group released its mostly sales charts for the United States gaming market — and unlike last month — Nintendo Switch was not the best selling piece of video game hardware for the month of May: rather Sony’s PS4 has returned to the top spot.

Meanwhile, on the software side of things: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, last month’s top-dog has been replaced by NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Injustice 2. 

According to the NPD Group, consumers in the U.S. spent $542 million USD on game-related hardware, software, and accessories for the month: a number down 11 percent from the $610 million USD posted during the same period in 2016.

More specifically hardware actually saw a rise, posting $147 million, which is up 7 percent from the $138 million of May 2016. On the other hand, console software fell steeply, declining 20 percent from $339 million to $271 million. PC software fell even harder: declining 48 percent from $23 million to $12 million. Lastly, accessories rose 1 percent from $111 million to $12 million.

According to NPD, software sales fell so steeply due to May 2017’s inferior line-up. Last May, the industry saw big releases such as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Overwatch and Doom. This month in comparison saw Injustice 2 and the struggling Prey.

As mentioned above, Injustice 2 topped software in its debut month. Meanwhile, the other big release in May — Prey from Arkane Studios and Bethesda — came in at No.5. Slightly less notable releases for the month (but still some of the bigger in May) — The Surge and Rime — failed to chart. Rounding-up the more notable releases was one of 2017’s most anticipated VR releases, Farpoint on PS VR, which landed at No.16.

Below, you can view the Top 20 “Overall” chart:


  1. Injustice 2
  2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  5. Prey*
  6. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  7. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia*
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. MLB 17: The Show
  10. Overwatch**
  11. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  12. Horizon Zero Dawn
  13. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  14. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  15. Mass Effect Andromeda
  16. Farpoint
  17. Battlefield 1
  18. Nier: Automata
  19. Minecraft
  20. FIFA 17

As always, the games marked with an asterisk don’t include digital sales, while those marked with two asterisks don’t include sales.

Interestingly, NPD reveals that Injustice 2 — which apparently had a big opening month — has already worked its way to No.9 on the best-selling games of 2017 chart.

NPD also points out that the Xbox One and PS4 are both still collectively outperforming their predecessors, up 29% percent over the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Tyler Fischer

Tyler Fischer is the Assignments Editor and News Editor at DualShockers. He specializes in writing breaking news, managing assignments, and organization. Born and raised in New York, Tyler studies journalism and public relations at SUNY New Paltz. In his free time he enjoys playing and watching soccer, getting lost in game lore, and writing comedy scripts.

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