NPD July: 3DS still top selling hardware in the US

Monthly sales figures show continued decline of overall hardware sales

The Nintendo 3DS continues to lead video game hardware sales in the US, while NCAA Football 14 has topped the software charts for the month of July.

Overall spend on video games during July was $443 million, though NPD estimates that with the inclusion of the second hand trade and digital sales, the total spend was $1.2 billion.


According to the official figures, total video game sales are down 19 per cent compared to July 2012. Hardware is down 34 per cent from $150.9 million to $99.4 million, while software is down 19 per cent from $260.8 million to $210.1 million.

The 3DS was the highest selling product in the hardware category and the only hardware product to grow, while the Xbox 360 continued to dominate the console sector for the 31st consecutive month.

Meanwhile, NCAA Football 14 was the top selling game for July, and the only game to appear in the list with a July launch, followed by Minecraft and The Last of Us respectively.

The published list of top 10 software titles would be different if it was ranked on an SKU basis however: Shin Megami Tensei IV for 3DS, Luigi's Mansion 2, and Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition for Xbox 360 would factor in under these conditions.

The top 10 software chart:

  • NCAA Football 14
  • Minecraft
  • The Last of Us
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Far Cry 3
  • Battlefield 3
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • NBA 2k13
  • Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

The NPD's data excludes used and digital sales, though the company announced last month that it had taken a 'critical step' towards factoring these figures into their reports.