Resident Evil: Village leads as May sales rise 3% | US Monthly Charts

Capcom's latest has best launch month of the year so far as industry keeps pace with last year's pandemic spending surge

The pandemic saw a significant spike in US games industry spending in 2020, but so far 2021 is keeping pace with its predecessor's surging sales.

The industry-tracking NPD Group today released its monthly US sales report, showing overall consumer spending on games up 3% to $4.45 billion.

While that's a return to growth after April's 2% dip -- the first decline after 13 straight months of year-over-year industry growth -- the numbers for April and May show the industry largely maintaining the levels it hit in the first two full months of the pandemic.

Spending on content across console, mobile, PC, cloud, and subscription services was up 3% to $4.07 billion, while spending on hardware was up 5% to $244 million.

Resident Evil Village was the best-selling game of the month, topping the PlayStation and Xbox charts and putting up the best first-month sales of any new game this year.

Nier: Replicant and Outriders slid from fourth and fifth place respectively all the way out of the charts, while Monster Hunter: Rise dropped from 7th to 18th.

As for climbers, Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Minecraft re-entered the top 10, while Days Gone jumped from 247th to 21st on the strength of its PC debut in the middle of the month.

The Switch was the best-selling platform in terms of both unit sales and dollar sales for the fourth straight month.

Update: Shortly after publication, the NPD corrected its May sales chart, which had originally omitted Mass Effect: Legendary Edition. The corrected top 21 sales chart is below:

Here are the US Top 21 (based on dollar sales) for the period between May 2, 2021 and May 29, 2021, courtesy of The NPD Group:

Last MonthThis MonthTitle
NEW1Resident Evil: Village
NEW2Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
13MLB: The Show 21^
24Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War
35New Pokemon Snap*
66Mortal Kombat 11
107Mario Kart 8*
159Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
1111Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
1212Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
1313Super Mario 3D World*
1714Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
915It Takes Two
1817Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
718Monster Hunter: Rise
2019The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
1920Pokemon: Sword/Shield*
24721Days Gone

*Digital sales not included

^Xbox digital sales not included

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