Mortal Kombat 11, Days Gone, and Nintendo Switch Top the NPD Charts for May 2019

Mortal Kombat 11, Days Gone, and Nintendo Switch Top the NPD Charts for May 2019

May 2019 saw Mortal Kombat 11, Days Gone, and the Nintendo Switch come out on top once again according to the analysis firm The NPD Group.

While we’re somehow already halfway through the year, 2019 is still holding strong in terms of new game releases and hardware sales, though the latest results for last month show some interesting trends for the year in games so far, at least according to The NPD Group.

The latest results for video game software and hardware sales in May 2019 have been revealed by The NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella, with this month’s top-selling titles largely holding steady from what we saw in April, with a few exceptions.

In terms of software, Mortal Kombat 11 once again held strong for its second consecutive month as the top-selling game across all platforms in May 2019, with the PS4 exclusive Days Gone close behind it in second place. Piscatella noted that this puts MK11 as the top-selling game of 2019 so far, while sales of MK11 are “nearly doubled the comparable sales of any other Mortal Kombat game in the history of the franchise,” making it the series’ best-selling title yet.

On the hardware side of things, the Nintendo Switch once again was the top-selling console of the month (and for the year so far), while the best-selling accessory of the month is the traditional black PS4 DualShock 4 controller, which also stands as the top-selling accessory of the year to date.

According to Piscatella, total spending for games-related purchases across hardware, software, and accessories in May 2019 drew in over $641 million in sales, which marked an 11% decrease compared to the same timeframe last year. Year-to-date sales for 2019 compared to the same period last year saw a 3% decrease, mostly driven by a slighter decrease in hardware-related purchases.

Piscatella also made note of the fact that software sales in particular for May 2019 were down as a whole, taking in $262 million and dropping 13% compared to the same timeframe a year ago. This marks the lowest software sales for the month of May for software since May 2013, and in terms of new releases during the month, it marked the lowest sales of strictly new titles in the month of May since May 1998.

A large part of this can most likely be pointed to the fact that compared to past years, May 2019 was a fairly light month in terms of new releases (or at least those coming from larger publishers), which would most likely explain why titles like Mortal Kombat 11 and Days Gone could benefit from a lighter month for competition.

For a closer look, you can check out the full breakdown video of The NPD Group’s May 2019 results for gaming-related software/hardware sales with Mat Piscatella below: