Top-Selling Software for May
On Friday the NPD Group released its
list of the top 20 best-selling games for May 2010, and since that
time some additional information has become available.
According to Wedbush's Pachter, 13
titles sold over 100,000 units during the month of May, up from 10
such titles a year ago but down from 14 titles in April 2010.
Further details about notable titles
that didn't make the chart have been released to media by the NPD
Group and commented upon by analysts:
The racing title Blur,
created by Bizarre Creations and published by Activision Blizzard,
only 31,000 units during the May period measured by the NPD
This includes only five days of sales, only for the Xbox 360
and PlayStation 3, but the figure still falls well short of
expectations. Last year Activision
had said that it expected Blur to do “for racing what
Call of Duty did for shooters”
Split/Second, a separate
racing title created by Black Rock Studio and published by Disney
Interactive Software, sold somewhat better with a
combined 86,000 units in 12 days for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Remedy's Alan Wake, an Xbox
360 exclusive published by Microsoft Game Studios, sold 145,000
units during the May period.
UbiSoft's Prince of Persia: The
Forgotten Sands, sold fewer than 100,000 units across five
platforms in 12 days, what Wedbush's Pachter termed a “difficult
Notable titles from last month's chart
that failed to return in May include UbiSoft's Splinter Cell:
Conviction (#1 in April) and Battlefield: Bad Company 2
(previously at #7 and #15).
An elaborated chart can be found below: