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NPD: The Last of US tops US physical software sales

Naughty Dogs' PS3 exclusive beats out Animal Crossing, Minecraft

PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last of Us was the top-selling game at physical retail in US in June.

That's according to NPD sales figures, which says the game clocked up "the second highest first-month sales of a PS3 first-party game", a record still held by God of War 3 set in March 2010.

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf came in second which, along with Donkey Kong Country Returns and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, helped 3DS maintain its dominance of the US hardware sales market for the second consecutive month.

"Animal Crossing: New Leaf also sold well in the context of first-party games for the 3DS, having the third highest first-month sales next to two launches from holiday 2011: Mario Kart 7, and Super Mario 3D Land," said NPD Group's Liam Callahan.

Rounding out June's top-three was Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition.

"Minecraft's successful foray into physical retail shows that digital products can reach a new market when launching a physical disc," commented Callahan.

"While many have downloaded the game, these sales indicate that there are plenty of consumers willing to buy a physical disc who are either not connected to the internet, don't have a credit card to purchase digital games online, or simply prefer the physical disk over digital copies."

With physical sales accounting for roughly 50 per cent of US consumer spend on games, NPD estimates a total consumer spend of $1.2 billion in June. This figure factors in its "preliminary estimate for other physical format sales in June such as used and rentals at $118 million", and estimates for digital format sales and microtransactions totaling $544 million.

Note: NPD software sales figures do not account for purchases via digital distribution, used game sales, subscriptions, mobiles, rentals, or social network games.

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