May NPD sales: Plumber popularity soars

According to the NPD group's thorough and unusually keen sales analysis, Mario's latest block-bashing, Koopa-kicking, shell-sliding adventure was the bestselling game in the US for the merry month of May. Following closely on the portly plumber's hopping heels was Brain Age, nestled snugly in third place. It seems that New Super Mario Bros. was just the thing to wean gamers off that nasty heroine addiction.

The Top 20 best-selling titles for May according to NPD:
  1. New Super Mario Bros. (DS)
  2. Kingdom Hearts II (PS2)
  3. Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes a Day (DS)
  4. God of War (PS2)
  5. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (Xbox 360)
  6. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Xbox 360)
  7. MLB '06: The Show (PS2)
  8. Guitar Hero (with Guitar) (PS2)
  9. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2)
  10. Kingdom Hearts (PS2)
  11. X-Men: The Official Game (PS2)
  12. Over the Hedge (PS2)
  13. Fight Night Round 3 (Xbox 360)
  14. FIFA World Cup 2006 (PS2)
  15. The Godfather: The Game (PS2)
  16. Gran Turismo 4 (PS2)
  17. Battlefield 2: Modern Combat (Xbox 360)
  18. Midnight Club 3: Dub Ed Remix (PS2)
  19. Major League Baseball 2K6 (PS2)
  20. Major League Baseball 2K6 (Xbox 360)

This article was originally published on Joystiq.