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Ubisoft's open-world hacking epic and Nintendo's latest racer posted strong sales in June.
In the latest NPD charts, last month's big games continued to dominate the charts. Ubisoft's Watch Dogs and Nintendo's Mario Kart 8 experienced strong sales. Nintendo has confirmed that Mario Kart 8 sold 470,000 units in June, bringing its lifetime sales to 885,000.
Sports also figured heavily on the list, with EA's new UFC game, FIFA 14 (with interest driven by the World Cup), and NBA 2K14 all notching top 10 slots.
Consoles sales, driven by PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, soared with a 106 percent increase. According to NPD, handheld sales were down, but offset by next-gen console sales, which were up over 200 percent. NPD's Liam Callahan said, "Combined sales of Xbox One and PS4 are over 80 percent higher than the combined totals for Xbox 360 and PS3 - an indication of the strength of the start of this new console generation."
Sony's PlayStation 4 was the best-selling console for the sixth month in a row and remains on top in cumulative sales. PlayStation 4 was also the best-selling version of many of the top ten's multi-platform titles.
June 2014 Top 10 Games
1 Watch Dogs (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PC)
2 Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
3 Minecraft (360, PS4)
4 UFC (PS4, XBO)
5 FIFA 14 (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, Vita)
6 NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC)
7 Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)
8 Call of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, Wii U, PC)
9 Tomodachi Life (3DS)
10 Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
Our Take:One thing is clear: the reports that consoles are dying were not true. There's a great demand for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and it's encouraging for the industry as a whole.