The fall gaming season is finally here, and it is now time to tally up the damage from the long and slow summer months. Aug. generally sees the start of a few early running big titles, and this year was no exception with three games running away with the competition.
Software sales rose 23 percent from Aug. in 2012 up from $237.9 to $293.4M, the first increase over 2012 seen all year. Eight of the top ten games were released in Aug., with the entire list pulling in “more than double the sales” of last year’s Aug. top 10, according to NPD analyst Liam Callahan.
“Video game retail software sales had their first positive month, up 23 percent, since November 2011. This was driven by the shift of Madden into the August data month and other launches such as Saints Row IV, Disney Infinity, and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist. In fact, eight of the top 10 games this month were launched in August.”
Heavy hitters Madden NFL 25, Saints Row IV and Disney Infinity topped off the list with a few other respectable August titles like Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and Pikmin 3 making an appearance. It is important to note that NPD only follows physical sales and does not take into account downloadable purchases.
Here are the top ten games for the month of August.
- Madden 25 (360, PS3)
- Saints Row 4 (360, PS3, PC)
- Disney Infinity (360, Wii, PS3, Wii U, 3DS)
- Splinter Cell: Blacklist (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
- Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (360)
- Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS)
- NCAA Football 14 (360, PS3)
- Payday 2 (360, PS3)
- Final Fantasy 14 Online: A Realm Reborn (PS3, PC)
- Pikmin 3 (Wii U)
Hardware sales dropped 40 percent from last year’s Aug., a fact Callahan dismissed as the releases of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One loom ever closer. The Nintendo 3DS claimed top position for the forth straight month, and the Xbox 360 outsold its rivals for the 32nd month running.