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The Games Of May: Comparing 2010 Through 2014

Last month, we premiered our first look at five years of game releases. It’s time to revisit the month of May to see what made a splash and which titles fizzled.

We’ve included NPD data for the years gone by and will update this story with May’s NPD data once its available in June. As a reminder, NPD covers United States retail only. It's used as a data point

2014

Week of April 28

  • Kirby Triple Deluxe (3DS) - May 2
  • Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS) - May 2

Week of May 5

  • Borderlands 2 (Vita) - May 6 (Bundled with Vita)
  • God of War Collection (Vita) - May 6
  • MLB 14 The Show (PS4) - May 6
  • Stick it to the Man (PS4, Wii U) - May 6
  • Nutjitsu (Xbox One) - May 7
  • Peggle 2 (360) - May 7
  • Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure (PC) - May 7
  • Bound By Flame (PS4, PS3, 360, PC) - May 9

Week of May 12

  • Borderlands 2 (Vita) - May 13 (Standalone)
  • Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition (PC) - May 13
  • Super Time Force (Xbox One, 360) - May 14
  • Minecraft (PS3 - Retail) - May 16

Week of May 19

  • Drakengard 3 (PS3) - May 20
  • Mugen Souls Z (PS3) - May 20
  • R-Type Dimensions (PS3) - May 20
  • Transistor (PS4) - May 20
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - May 20
  • Always Sometimes Monsters (PC) - May 21
  • The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II (PC) - May 22
  • Killer is Dead: Nightmare Edition (PC) - May 23
  • Tropico 5 (PC) - May 23

Week of May 26

  • Mind Zero (Vita) - May 27
  • Watch Dogs (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - May 27
  • Sly Cooper Collection (Vita) - May 27
  • Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) - May 30 

NPD Data

  1. Watch Dogs (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  2. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
  3. MLB 14: The Show (PS4, PS3, Vita)
  4. Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  5. Minecraft (360, PS3)
  6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, 3DS, Wii U)
  7. NBA 2K14 (360, PS4. PS3, Xbox One, PC)
  8. Titanfall (360, Xbox One, PC)
  9. Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)
  10. Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC, Wii U)

As we analyzed the data and looked at the titles coming out this month, we noticed something that is going to make new-gen early adopters unhappy. Of the six titles coming to PlayStation 4 this month, four are available on PS3. One of the other two can be found on Wii U. 

As for Xbox One, you're out of luck entirely. Three of the games are available on Microsoft's older system. The last one is a port of a Windows Phone game. Sure, the new-gen versions are going to look better, but as far as gameplay experiences go, there's very little by way of unique opportunities on new hardware this month. 

 

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