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May NPD: 3DS steals top console spot

Mike Schramm, @mikeschramm
June 17, 2013
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The Nintendo 3DS finally edged out the Xbox 360 in May 2013 as the best selling console across hardware and portables, according to the NPD's monthly report on the retail sector.

In what the NPD claims was a slow month overall, the 3DS landed three different games on the top 10 (including Donkey Kong Country Returns at number three, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon at number five, and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes at number 10), and saw a sixty percent growth in software sales overall since last May. 3DS hardware sales were only even year-over-year, but that was enough to finally supplant the Xbox 360 as the top-selling platform.

The other consoles didn't fare quite so well, with Injustice: Gods Among Us keeping the top spot for video game sales. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 jumped back up into the number two spot, and Battlefield 3 reappeared at number nine. Metro: Last Light had a relatively successful showing in the number six spot, while Trion's Defiance MMO fell right off the list, after starting off at number five in April.

Accessories saw a six-percent drop to $115.3 million, according to the NPD, with most of that money coming from Skylanders.







  1. Injustice: Gods Among Us (360, PS3, Wii U)
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
  3. Donkey Kong Country Returns (3DS, Wii)
  4. Dead Island: Riptide (360, PS3, PC)
  5. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
  6. Metro: Last Light (360, PS3, PC)
  7. NBA 2k13 (360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)
  8. Bioshock Infinite (360, PS3, PC)
  9. Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC)
  10. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (360, PS3, PC, DS, 3DS, PS Vita, Wii U)


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