That is according to NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella, who has also revealed that MK11 is the top-selling game this year so far. The NetherRealm title finished the month of April as the best seller, with Days Gone just in behind. This was pretty much the same for May, with the two holding on firmly for the first and second spots atop the charts.
Also, MK11 sales have nearly doubled the comparable sales of any previous game from the series, which makes it Mortal Kombat's best-selling title to date.
US NPD SW - May 2019 Top 20 Sellers - Mortal Kombat 11 is the best-selling game of May 2019. pic.twitter.com/ceb5EMVw4Q— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) June 18, 2019
Where hardware is concerned, the Nintendo Switch was the top-selling console in May and has been for all of 2019. However, the best-selling accessory was the traditional black PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller, which has also been the top-selling accessory this year.
Piscatella also notes that the total spending for game-related purchases - covering hardware, software, and accessories - grossed over $641 million, an 11 percent decrease when compared to the same timeframe in 2018. Year-to-date sales for this year marked a three percent decrease, with a slight decrease in hardware buys said to be responsible.
Software sales in May went down as well, dropping 13 percent to bring in $262 million when compared to the same period a year ago. This marks the lowest software sales for the month of May in six years.
Of course, this is because there weren't any major releases during the month, at least none from big publishers. In fact, May 2019 experienced the lowest new title sales since May 1998.
MK11 and Days Gone always stood to benefit from a month light on releases, but they probably would have kept pulling sales anyway. Let's see how the titles do at the end of June.