May was slow, slow, slow Month for video games. So slow, Skyrim was one of the top 20 games in the US by dollar sales.
The game’s sales for one month were the lowest since February 2020, falling 19% year-on-year to $3.7 billion, according to The NPD Group’s monthly report. This is a significant milestone following the rise in gaming spending during the pandemic-related lockdown. Why is this happening now? One major reason: No big new games.
2 spot in Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga in April, Elden Ring was May’s best-selling game, and it remains the best-selling game of the year. Lego Star Wars fell to No. 2 this month, followed by Nintendo Switch Sports — though it’s always possible that Nintendo first-party games sell better than pictured because Nintendo doesn’t share digital sales data with the NPD group.
4 was the only new game release in May to break the top 50 best sellers for: Evil Dead: The Game. With only one new game in the Top 50 and even blockbusters like Elden Ring starting to slow down, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, of all things, ranked No. 20 in its first appearance in the Top 20 since November. left to do. In 2017, Steam accounts for almost half of its May sales. Welcome back, Dragonborn.
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While hardware sales were doing their best to help, it’s not like May is a big month for people trying to buy an Xbox, PlayStation, or Switch. Overall hardware sales fell 11% year-over-year to $216 million, with the Switch selling the most in both unit and dollar sales for the month.
Here are the top 20 games for the month of May by dollar sales:
- elden ring
- Lego: Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
- Nintendo Switch Sports
- Evil Dead: The Game
- MLB: The Show 22
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land
- Call of Duty: Vanguard
- mario kart 8
- Gran Turismo 7
- Pokemon Legends: Arceus
- Horizon 2: Forbidden West
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- super smash bros ultimate
- Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War
- fifa 22
- Mario Party Superstar
- Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. you can find him on twitter @duckvalentine,