The NPD figures for the month of August are now officially in. The Nintendo 3DS was the best-selling dedicated video game platform last month. Nintendo didn’t release any numbers, but it sold better than the Xbox 360 which sold 96,000 units. There weren’t any numbers for the Wii U as perusal, but figures weren’t expected to be high, judging that the best-selling console only sold 96K. Good news for Pikmin 3 as the game made it in the top ten best-selling games in the United States in August, leaping in at number ten.
“Video game sales grew a modest 1% over August 2012 as growth in software and accessories offset soft hardware sales as we near the launch of the Xbox One and PS4. Excluding January 2013, which was up due to an extra reporting week versus January 2012, the last time overall retail video game sales (hardware, software, and accessories) were up year over year was October 2011.”
“Video game retail software sales had their first positive month, up 23 percent, since November 2011. This was driven by the shift of Madden into the August data month and other launches such as Saints Row IV, Disney Infinity and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist. In fact, eight of the top ten games this month were launched in August.” He also noted that “collectively, August 2013 launches made up an astounding 58 percent of overall dollar sales for the month and 41 percent of units sales.”
– NPD analyst Liam Callahan