The NPD Group has released its report for June 2019, and it wasn’t a great month for the United States video game industry. Every tracked category–software, hardware, and accessories/game cards–posted a year-over-year decrease in sales. In total, across all categories, spending for June 2019 reached $959 million; that’s down 13 percent year-over-year.
In terms of game sales, Super Mario Maker 2 was June’s top-seller. Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled, Mortal Kombat 11, Grand Theft Auto V, and Minecraft rounded out the top five. As for Mario Maker 2, its launch month sales were stronger than the first game in September 2015 and Super Mario Maker for 3DS in December 2016.
Nitro Fueled’s June sales amounted to the highest launch-month sales in the history of the Crash Bandicoot series. The N. Sane Trilogy was the previous record-holder.
As for Mortal Kombat 11, it continues to be the best-selling game of 2019. Additionally, with June’s sales accounted for, Mortal Kombat 11 has now passed the lifetime sales of 2011’s Mortal Kombat, but it’s still behind y Mortal Kombat X and Mortal Kombat III.
Total spending on video games in the US for June 2019 amounted to $386 million, which is down 1 percent.
Moving to hardware, the Nintendo Switch was the top-selling system of June, while it is also the No. 1 best-seller for the entire first half of 2019 in terms of unit and dollar sales. It’s expected that the PS4 and Xbox One would be performing comparatively poorly due to their age relative to the Switch. Next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony are expected to release in Holiday 2020.
Total hardware spending for June 2019 fell a dramatic 33 percent to $235 million. Only the Nintendo Switch posted year-over-year growth.
In terms of accessories and game cards, spending dropped 7 percent to $338 million. Sony’s black DualShock 4 controller was the top-selling accessory of June 2019 and the entire year so far.
Top 20 Best-Selling Games Of June 2019
- Super Mario Maker 2*
- Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
- NBA 2K19
- Mario Kart 8*
- Days Gone
- Rainbow Six Siege
- Red Dead Redemption II
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
- MLB 19: The Show
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4^
- The Division 2^
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Super Mario Party*
- God of War
*Digital sales not included
^PC digital sales not included
#Minecraft digital sales on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One included