What were the Top 10 best selling games in June 2016 in the United States?
The newest NPD numbers are in, and so are the top lists of the highest selling game systems and games (by revenue) for last month in America. Now including both retail and most digital sales & revenue numbers!
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Here is the full Top 10 of June 2016:
1. Overwatch (PS4, Xbox One, PC)*
2. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
3. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, Wii U, PC, PS Vita, 3DS)
4. DOOM (PS4, Xbox One, PC)**
5. Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
6. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4)**
7. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
8. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
9. Destiny: The Taken King (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360)
10. Minecraft (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)**
* No Blizzard Battle.net sales included
** No digital sales included
Here’s the Overwatch TV commercial…
System Sales in June 2016:
1. PlayStation 4 — Remains on the #1 overall platform spot as sales top 40 million units worldwide!
2. Xbox One
3. Nintendo 3DS + 2DS
4. Nintendo Wii U
5. Xbox 360
6. PlayStation 3
7. PlayStation Vita
Note: Only the first spot is confirmed. The rest are estimates, no complete hard sales data was released for the month. From here on out NPD has also stopped tracking these numbers, which isn’t surprising since the game system publishers stopped releasing sales data a year or longer ago.
Check out the PlayStation 4 2016 must-play games sizzle reel…
Analysis of the game and hardware sales numbers:
NPD tracks retail sales to get a good impression of last month’s best selling video games. Although it doesn’t by far track all digital sales, since June 2016 NPD tracks Steam (PC), Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network for these major third-party publishers: Activision Blizzard, Capcom, Deep Silver, Electronic Arts, Square Enix, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros.
To quote NPD industry analyst Liam Callahan…
About video games he said:
“The second month for May launches fared better [than new releases] supported by games like Overwatch and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. May 2016 launches sold 84 percent more in June compared to May 2015 launches last June, when looking at dollar sales. April launches fared poorly due to a comparison to the performance of April 2015 launches like Mortal Kombat X with a drop of 70 percent in June sales. — That’s home console and handheld software sales of $322 million, down 20 percent year-over-year from $402.7 million. As well as physical and Steam PC software sales of $27.8 million, down 20 percent year-over-year from $34.8 million.
Poor comparisons to last June, where software and hardware sales were bolstered by strong launches like Batman: Arkham Knight, led to a sharp 26 percent year-over-year decline in overall spending across software, hardware and accessories. — June 2016 software launches decreased 67 percent, translating to 1.8 million fewer units, and nearly $114 million fewer dollars.
Specifically, the top new launch of June 2015 was Batman: Arkham Knight, which sold over five times the amount of unit and dollar sales generated by the top June 2016 new launch, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
About hardware he said:
“After 32 months since the launches of the PS4 and Xbox One, the combined cumulative hardware sales for these two consoles exceed the sales of their predecessors by 40 percent at the same point in their lifecycles.
Hardware’s drop in sales represented 58 percent of the overall decline in dollar volume compared to last June. — That’s $181.5 million hardware sales, down 42 percent year-over-year from $313.1 million.
Declines in average [hardware] prices by 15 percent, coupled with a 32 percent decline in units [sold] resulted in hardware spending totaling $181 million, a 42 percent decrease versus last June. [Current-generation] hardware, the primary driver of this decrease, saw sales decline 43 percent, or $117 million.”