Mortal Kombat left the hallowed grounds of hardcore gaming to enter into the cistern of cultural debauchery where other franchises have been stored for keeps by the Social Justice usurpers when it abandoned its roots to embrace Left-wing identity politics. However, the brand was still big enough to rope in long-time followers and diehard fans alike. This was proven by the fact that the game managed to top the NPD charts two months in a row, due in part to brand name recognition, as well as the fact that nothing notable released in May.
VentureBeat rolled out the sales data for the top 20 chart, and you can see where everything landed on the list below.
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Days Gone
- Total War: Three Kingdoms
- Rage 2*
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
- Red Dead Redemption II
- MLB 19: The Show
- NBA 2K19
- Mario Kart 8*
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2**
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4**
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
- Marvel’s Spider-Man
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
- Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
- Team Sonic Racing
- Yoshi’s Crafted World*
The ones with the asterisks mean no digital sales were counted and the double asterisks mean no PC digital sales were counted.
As you can see, Mortal Kombat 11 topped the charts. However, there is a silver lining to Mortal Kombat’s victory: everything was down compared to 2018, from game sales dipping by 11% to PC sales dropping by 13% and hardware being down by 20%.
According to NPD analyst Mat Piscatella…
“Dollar sales of tracked console, portable, and PC video game software reached $262 million in May 2019, falling 13 percent when compared to a year ago. May 2019 experienced the lowest software sales for a May month since 2013, which hit only $222 million. Total dollar sales of new releases in May 2019 are the lowest for new releases in a May month since May 1998.”
To put that in plain ‘ole English, while the SJWs may have taken a victory with Mortal Kombat 11 being at the top of the sales charts, the dollar value was exceptionally low. Meaning that NetherRealm Studios won by default from people basically not buying much else throughout May, especially with the anorexic line-up of new titles that came out that month. Piscatella tries to make it like the game is on a blockbuster roll but still fails to give any concrete numbers, only noting…
“Mortal Kombat 11 repeated as the best-selling game of the month and is now the best-selling game of 2019 year to date. Month 2 sales of Mortal Kombat 11 nearly doubled the comparable sales of any other Mortal Kombat game in the history of the franchise. Mortal Kombat 11 was the best-selling game of May on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.”
But it wasn’t the best-selling game on PC? Interesting.
Also, given that it’s on PC and Nintendo Switch, it’s no surprise that it was able to surpass Kingdom Hearts III, which only released on the Xbox One and PS4. So it’s not like it was competing with any other blockbuster on equal footing, and it’s not like 2019 has had any noteworthy AAA releases thus far.
You can basically chalk this up to being a very narrow victory propped by almost non-existent competition, with the exception of the exceptionally mediocre Days Gone.
According to VentureBeat’s piece, Mortal Kombat 11 is still tracking behind Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey in terms of overall sales over the last 12 months, so there’s still time for a fall-off.
Sadly, most people weren’t made aware of the game’s SJW elements because the media worked hard to bury the lede, along with fanboys and shills. The de-sexualized females was only covered by a couple of outlets and a few YouTubers, while Jax’s woke ending was downplayed or passed over save for some anti-SJW content creators making people aware of it. For the most part a lot of people bought into the SJWism because not many people were willing to talk about it, which is exactly what propagandists want. The best way to brainwash people is with as little opposition as possible.