June 2020 NPD: The Last Of Us 2 Has Biggest Launch Month Of 2020

The financial analyst NPD Group has released its latest results for June 2020, and not surprisingly, the industry is still breaking records as the coronavirus pandemic causes more people to stay in and play games.

According to the results, spending on hardware, software, and accessories hit $1.2 billion, a 26% increase from 2019 and the highest June spending on record since 2009. Likewise, year-to-date spending is up 19% compared to 2019, the highest year-to-date for this period since 2010.

Software sales led most of the growth, increasing 49% over last year to $570 million. Again, that’s the highest since 2010. Standouts include The Last of Us 2, which had the highest launch month dollar sales of any 2020 game, and is the third best-selling game of the year so far. It also takes second place for a Sony launch, just behind Spider-Man, which had more days on the market. Ring Fit Adventure also did very well for a game that has been notoriously hard to find.

By comparison, hardware spending slumped a bit, declining 17% compared to 2019. That marks the first month of declines since February, though, so year-to-date hardware spending is still up 25% over 2019. Those sales are once again led by Nintendo Switch.

Check out the full results below. Note that this is US data only, and some digital sales like Nintendo Eshop sales aren’t included in NPD’s figures.

June 2020 NPD Software Sales

  1. The Last of Us Part 2
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  4. Grand Theft Auto 5
  5. Mortal Kombat 11
  6. Red Dead Redemption 2
  7. Ring Fit Adventure
  8. NBA 2K20
  9. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  10. Minecraft Dungeons
  11. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  12. Rainbow Six Siege
  13. Minecraft
  14. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  15. Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
  16. Borderlands 3
  17. Need for Speed Heat
  18. Persona 4 Golden
  19. SpongeBob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated
  20. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Best Selling Games Year-to-Date

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  3. The Last of Us Part 2
  4. Final Fantasy VII Remake
  5. Grand Theft Auto 5
  6. NBA 2K20
  7. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
  8. MLB The Show 20
  9. Resident Evil 3
  10. Madden NFL 20

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