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NPD: US software sales decline 44 per cent in May, 3DS tops hardware

Xbox sales hit 114,000, top console for 29th consecutive week

US physical software sales in May were down 44 per cent year-on-year, according to NPD figures, despite a significant surge in 3DS software sales.

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NPD blames the declines largely on the PC sector, which it says experienced "sharp year-over-year declines ... due to poor comparisons to last year's Diablo 3 release".

Nintendo's 3DS topped the overall hardware sales charts, bolstered by a 60 per cent incline in software sales over May 2012. Three 3DS titles made the top-10 chart for physical software sales.

Microsoft's Xbox 360 was the top-selling home console for the 29th consecutive week, with sales of around 114,000, the firm said today.

Warner's Injustice: Gods Among Us remained the top-selling title at physical retail in US for the month, holding off Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Nintendo's Donkey Kong Country Returns in second and third respectively.

"Softness in new physical entertainment software sales stemmed from a decline in the number of new launches, with over 30% fewer new SKUs, as well as poor performance of the new SKUs that were released," said NPD.

"New SKUs generated over seventy percent less units on a per-SKU basis, and a decrease of over eighty percent revenue per SKU."

"Overall new launch performance in May'13 was poor, down 84% in units, decreasing 88% in dollars, which was driven by PCs and Consoles as new launches for portables were up 5% in units, and down only 7% in dollars," it added.

Note: these figures exclude income derived from digital sales, online retail, the used game trade, as well as micro-transactions, DLC and mobile games.

See April's NDP results here.

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