NPD May Sales Numbers Released, Diablo 3 Tops List

Sales tracker NPD has releases its sales numbers for the month of May, and critical darling Diablo 3 was the biggest seller.  Overall console sales were lower than expected, but was led by the Xbox 360.

Sales for everything game-related were down as opposed to last year, except for one surprising gainer: the Nintendo 3DS.  In addition, while the DS is down from last year, the recent price drop helped boost sales from last month by some 35%.  Not bad.

Like consoles, overall game sales took quite a hit as well, dropping over $200 million from last year.  Here are the top 10 games for the month of May.

10.  Just Dance 3

9.  Dragon’s Dogma

8.  Battlefield 3

7.  Sniper Elite V2

6.  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

5.  NBA 2K12

4.  Prototype 2

3.  Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

2.  Max Payne 3

1.  Diablo III

It’s nice to see some of the under-the-radar hits, like Dragon’s Dogma and Sniper Elite, crack the top 10 for sales.  God know Capcom needed it.  Interestingly, this is the first time in over two years that a PC exclusive has been number one on the list.  The last time it happened?  Starcraft 2.  Turns out Blizzard knows how to market a game.