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U.S. market research firm NPD released its monthly sales figures today. Overall total games sales took a dive year-over-year, dropping from $718.9 million to $516.5 million for May 2012, a 28 percent decline.
Xbox 360 led console sales for the month, selling 160,000 units. Sony and Nintendo have not released hardware numbers as of this time. “All hardware platforms, save the 3DS, saw a decline in unit sales versus last year," noted NPD analyst Anita Frazier. "The Nintendo DS, however, did realize a 35 percent lift over April 2012, catalyzed by the May 20th price reduction on the DSi and DSi XL.
"Even with the price drop on the DS platform, 3DS sales realized an increase of 17 percent over last May.”
Below are the top 10 best-selling games in the U.S. for May 2012:
"Diablo III is the top selling title for May, the first time since July 2010 that a PC-only game accomplished this feat. Since the game launched day and date through digital distribution as well, full sales of the title are some multiple of what is reflected in the retail sales," Frazier added.
"Starcraft II was the title that topped the best-seller list in July 2010, a testament to the power of the Blizzard brand in PC gaming.”
**(includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)
That's awesome. While it can't surpass diablo II,(Top 5 game all time) Diablo III is still one of the best games i have played in a long time. Max Payne 3 was also pretty good, better than LA Noire, but not quite up to Red Dead level. Also happy to see NBA 2k12 is still up there, shows if u put great effort into a non NFL sports game they can still make a ton of money.
IMO the game just isn't very fun. I played Diablo 2 on and off for 10 years. I can't quite put my finger on why, but I just don't think 3 has the same replayability to it. It lacks the freedom that D2 had, like PKing and creating/joining games based on anything, not just quests. MF runs aren't nearly as satisfying. Also, inferno mode is stupid hard. I wonder if anyone has actually made it through inferno on hardcore mode.
So many 3's...
It's too bad it's doing so well, maybe if it had started off rocky Blizzard would have given in to demands for an offline mode, now they have no reason to since they're making bank.
Played Diablo 2 as a kid years later Diablo 3 has sucked me in. I can feel PC gaming have its hold on me. As a longtime console gamer its nice to switch things up.
Loved Diablo 2, now I want to see this on console.
If anyone has even a slight interest at all I'd recommend the game.
Starcraft and Diablo are the only franchises that have lured me from my consoles (well, I did get Spore, but that didn't last very long). I just wish I didn't have an archaic PC atm :/