The May, 2017 NPD results are in. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe and Injustice 2 managed to outsell Bethesda's Prey. The interesting thing about it is that all these attempts to push for diversity and attempting to tap into games geared toward the female lens really doesn't seem to be improving the actual sales of these games. Apparently simply slapping boobs on a schlong stick isn't enough to lure in the female gamers like the SJWs proclaimed.
According to Venture Beat, the top 10 software charts looked really sad for Bethesda and Arkane Studio's Prey. The remake of the last-gen title debuted in May at the fifth spot on the chart, even with combined sales from the Xbox One, PC and PS4. Digital sales weren't counted, but neither were digital sales for Mario Kart 8: Deluxe and it still whooped Prey. In fact, Prey launched across three platforms and couldn't touch Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, which is only available on the Nintendo Switch. Embarrassing.
You can check out the full list below:
- Injustice 2
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
- Grand Theft Auto V
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
- Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia*
- NBA 2K17
- MLB 17: The Show
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III
- Mass Effect Andromeda
- Battlefield 1
- Nier: Automata
- FIFA 17
Also, how sad is it that Call of Duty: Black Ops III is nearly about to outsell Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare? Treyarch must be laughing all the way to the bank on that one.
Horizon: Zero Dawn managed to maintain its pace, keeping at 12th place, which is identical to its position during the April charts from the NPD Group.
The Nintendo Switch was also bested in America by the PS4 in May, but the Switch also raised the overall hardware revenue compared to 2016. Either Nintendo isn't producing enough stock or interest is waning fast. According to NowInStock.com the Switch is still regularly sold out... or at least the $299.99 SKU stays sold out. Gamespot has an overpriced $462.99 bundle available in store and online, and an online-only $399.99 unit that was marked down from $419.99 that is scheduled to be in stock and ship by June 30th.
Based on the fact that stock shortages seem to be ever-present, it seems as if Nintendo just isn't taking the demand seriously for the $299.99 units for whatever reason.
Anyway, we'll see if the Big 'N' attempts to produce more SKUs throughout the summer now that ARMS has launched and with Splatoon 2 due out later this summer.
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