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Nintendo Sales Panic: May 2015 US NPD Group Results Released

by Donald Theriault - June 11, 2015, 5:32 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: NPD Group

Splatoon and Amiibo got to the pay window, but the hardware might be actually is taking a clubberin'.

The NPD Group has released their sales report for May 2015 in the United States, and there were a couple of strong performers going into E3.

Splatoon was the #5 best selling game (all formats combined) of the month despite coming out in the 2nd-to-last day of the reporting period ending May 30, while the two versions of Super Smash Bros (3DS and Wii U) combined to finish 10th for the month. In addition, Amiibo led accessory sales for the month on the heels of the 4th wave of Smash Bros Amiibo and the Splatoon line, beating out traditional winners Xbox Live and PSN cards which are counted in the tally.

As of press time, we do not have estimates for how the 3DS family and the Wii U hardware sold. However, Nintendo sent out a press release this morning announcing that US sales of the 3DS family crossed 15 million based on their internal data recently. Once we have more information on the hardware sales, we will update you..

UPDATE Estimates have Splatoon at 135,000 copies sold in the two days of sale, while the Wii U turned in approximately 42,000 consoles. The 3DS family would have needed about 80,000 units to reach the 15m milestone mentioned above.

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UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJune 11, 2015

There's NPD for accessories?  Weird.

broodwarsJune 11, 2015

The leaked numbers we're seeing...elsewhere...estimate around 42,000 Wii U's sold in May. Compare that to around 152,000 units sold for the PS4 and...yeah...it was not a good month for Nintendo, hardware-wise. Hell, I wouldn't even call that a great month for Sony, honestly.

Luigi DudeJune 11, 2015

Wii U sales aren't that surprising considering it only did around 40k last month.  Yeah Splatoon came out but that was only counted for 2 days worth of sales at the end of the month.  New IP's always appeal to the hardcore fans at first and it's the word of mouth that moves them in the long run.  Next month sales are going to be the true test since Splatoon will have a full month worth of sales and if it's word of mouth will actually move hardware like it seems to be doing in Japan where despite software sales being lower in it's second week, the hardware sales were higher.

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