June NPD: Hardware's way up, Red Dead reloads

Red Dead Redemption
Compared to last month's disappointing NPD numbers, with the industry down 5 percent overall, this month's numbers are ... well, they're still sort of a bummer with industry sales down 6 percent, but for nearly opposite reasons! While hardware was down in May, 20 percent year-over-year, it's up 5 percent this month with every console posting positive percentages. The newly revamped Xbox 360 led with the biggest improvement, with sales up 132 percent while the Wii managed to place 3rd, with the lowest overall improvement at 26 percent.

While last month's software sales were up 4 percent, mostly riding on Red Dead Redemption's back, this month's numbers are still Red Dead-heavy, but down 15 percent year-over-year as Rockstar San Diego's horse opus fell from a combined 1.5m units to just shy of 1m. This month's numbers also put Red Dead as the top seller for the year thus far, according to NPD analyst Anita Frazier.

Much of the month's software lineup looks the same as last's – there's Super Mario Galaxy, barely dropping at all; there's UFC and Wii Fit; and, of course, New Super Mario Bros. – but we're also welcoming Just Dance back to the top 10 along with newcomers Toy Story 3 on DS and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 on Wii. Check the full software list after the break.
  • DS: 511K, up 127K (+33%)
  • 360: 453K, up 257K (+132%)
  • Wii: 423K, up 88K (+26%)
  • PS3: 305K, up 150K (+97%)
  • PSP: 121K, up 62K (+105%)

  1. Red Dead Redemption – Xbox 360 – Take-Two – 582.9K
  2. Super Mario Galaxy 2 – Wii – Nintendo – 548.4K
  3. Red Dead Redemption – PS3 – Take-Two – 380.3K
  4. New Super Mario Bros. Wii – Wii – Nintendo – 200.9K
  5. Just Dance – Wii – Ubisoft – 174.8K
  6. Wii Fit Plus w/ Balance Board – Wii – Nintendo
  7. Toy Story 3 – DS – Disney
  8. UFC 2010: Undisputed – Xbox 360 – THQ
  9. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 – Wii – WBIE
  10. UFC 2010: Undisputed – PS3 – THQ

This article was originally published on Joystiq.