May Software NPDs: GTA on 360 Leads the Way, Mario Kart and Wii Fit Not Far Behind
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise when you consider GTA didn’t have much time to sell in April, but it was a much closer contest for the top spots in May than you might have guessed. While the 360 version of GTA IV did take the top spot with 871.3k copies sold, Mario Kart was right on its heels with 784.4k and Wii Fit not too far behind at 687.7k. The PS3 version of GTA IV came in at number four with 442.9k and then there was a significant drop off to number five, Wii Play, which sold 294.6k copies.
Wii Play‘s number is actually fairly low given the number of Wii systems that were sold in the month, but it’s quite possible that many of those Wiis were sold alongside a copy of Wii Fit, which isn’t a multiplayer-happy game like so many other games in the system’s library.
The DS and Wii also took four more spots in the top ten with Smash Bros., Guitar Hero III, and the two versions of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon coming in at numbers 6, 8, 9, and 10. Iron Man on the unkillable PlayStation 2 snuck in at number 7, no doubt thanks in large part to the movie’s great success.
May 2008 Software Sales:
- Grand Theft Auto IV (360) – 871,300
- Mario Kart Wii w/ wheel (Wii) – 787,400
- Wii Fit w/ balance board (Wii) – 687,700
- Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3) – 442,900
- Wii Play w/ remote (Wii) – 294,600
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii) – 171,100
- Iron Man (PS2) – 130,600
- Guitar Hero III (Wii) – 116,800
- Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness (DS) – 107,000
- Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time (DS) – 102,000
Metal Gear Solid 4 is sure to come in highly with the June NPDs, and it’ll be difficult to overcome both Grand Theft Auto and a continued stream of Wii Fit copies. It’s definitely got a good shot at outselling them, though, and with those hard-to-come-by MGS4 bundles selling like crazy, the PS3 will be sure to see a nice bump in the first month of summer.