The Last of Us Part 2's debut led another big month for video game software sales in the US, supported by the usual cadre of Nintendo Switch titles -- including the return of Ring Fit Adventure to store shelves.
According to The NPD Group's data and analysis by Mat Piscatella, overall spending on games in June was up 26% year-over-year to $1.2 billion, the highest June spending's been since 2009.
Specifically, hardware spending was down in June by 17% year-over-year to $191 million, with the Nintendo Switch continuing its trend as the best-selling console in both unit and dollar sales.
Accessories sales, however, were up 29% year-over-year to $417 million, with new dollar sales records across multiple categories including gamepads, headsets, steering wheels, and controller enhancements. The Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller was both the best-selling accessory for the month and for 2020 so far.
Finally, in software, dollar sales in June were up 49% year-over-year to $570 million -- the highest total for a June month since 2010.
By title, The Last of Us: Part 2 debuted at No.1 and is now the third best-selling game of the year, behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at No.1 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons at No.2. Final Fantasy VII Remake was bumped to No.4 year-to-date.
Additionally, The Last of Us: Part 2 reached both the highest launch month dollar sales of any 2020 new release so far, and the second-highest launch month dollar sales for a Sony-published game in history, second only to Marvel's Spider-Man.
Ring Fit Adventure saw an enormous leap, from No.835 last month to No.7 thanks to significant increases in stock following a long period of unavailability due to COVID-19 impacts on hardware production and high demand due to stay-at-home orders.
Persona 4 Golden also made a leap following the game's launch on Steam, from No.615 to No.18 this month.
Finally, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom: Rehydrated debuted in the top 20 at No.19, and though it didn't make the overall top 20, The Outer Worlds was the No.10 best-selling game by dollar sales on the Nintendo Switch with its debut on the platform last month.
Here are the US Top 20 (based on dollar sales) for the period between May 31 and July 4 2020, courtesy of The NPD Group:
|Last Month||This Month||Title|
|New Entry||1||The Last of Us: Part 2|
|1||2||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare|
|3||3||Animal Crossing: New Horizons|
|2||4||Grand Theft Auto 5|
|5||5||Mortal Kombat 11|
|6||6||Red Dead Redemption 2|
|835||7||Ring Fit Adventure|
|11||9||Mario Kart 8 Deluxe|
|18||11||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate|
|23||12||Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege|
|16||13||Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition|
|27||14||The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*|
|9||15||Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order|
|12||17||Need for Speed: Heat|
|615||18||P4G: Persona 4 Golden|
|New entry||19||SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom: Rehydrated|
|8||20||Assassin's Creed: Odyssey|