NPD: May US game sales jump 52%Despite no new releases in the top 10, software sales up 67% as hardware grows 56% for strongest May numbers since 2008Brendan SinclairManaging EditorFriday 12th June 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareUS gaming sales in May were up significantly year-over-year, but the pace of growth slowed somewhat as the country the third month since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.The NPD today released its numbers for US gaming sales in May, showing overall sales of hardware, physical games, downloaded full games (from a panel of 14 major publishers), and video game accessories totaled $977 million for the month, up 52% year-over-year and reaching the highest total for May since 2008.The pace of growth was down somewhat from April, when overall game sales were up 73% year-over-year.Software sales for May were up 67% year-over-year to $438 million despite a middling month for new releases. The best-selling new release of the month was Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition for the Switch, which debuted in the 14th spot on the charts.Meanwhile, hardware sales were up 56% to $235 million, the highest May hardware total since 2010, with the Switch the best-selling system by both unit sales and dollars spent.Growth in the accessories and game cards segment trailed software and hardware, as they were only up 32% to $304 million.The Xbox Elite Series 2 wireless controller was the best-selling accessory of the month and the year-to-date.Here’s the US Top 20 (based on dollar sales) for the period between May 3 and May 30, 2020, courtesy of The NPD Group:1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019 2. Grand Theft Auto V 3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons* 4. NBA 2K20 5. Mortal Kombat 11 6. Red Dead Redemption II 7. Minecraft* 8. Final Fantasy VII Remake9. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey10. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 11. Madden NFL 2012. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe* 13. Need for Speed Heat 14. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition15. Minecraft Dungeons*16. Saints Row: The Third Remastered17. MLB: The Show 20 18. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* 19. Call of Duty: Black Ops 320. FIFA 20 *Digital sales on Nintendo eShop not includedCelebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair An hour agoUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 4 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.