Analyst Mat Piscatella said hardware spending in May 2019 totalled $149 million, down 20% from May 2018, with Nintendo Switch growth offset by declines across all other hardware platforms.
In a blog post following E3 last week, Piscatella called Switch “the most important piece of video game hardware in the market right now”.
He expects Switch sales “to continue at a strong pace” throughout 2019, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield “to drive both significant software and hardware sales volume, and Nintendo to finish as the year’s best-selling software publisher”.
May 2019 software sales came in at $262 million, down 13% compared to May 2018 and the lowest software sales for a May month since 2013. “Total dollar sales of new releases in May 2019 are the lowest for new releases in a May month since May 1998,” NPD said. Year-to-date, software sales are up 2% versus 2018 to $2.17 billion.
Piscatella said last week he expects Mortal Kombat 11 to be the sixth best-selling game of 2019, behind leader Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, NBA 2K20, Madden NFL 20, Borderlands 3 and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Combined hardware, software and accessories sales in May 2019 were $641 million, down 11% from May 2018. Year-to-date consumer spending on gaming products is down 3% year-over-year to $4.65 billion.
May 2019 top 20 games
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Days Gone
- Total War: Three Kingdoms
- Rage 2*
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
- Red Dead Redemption II
- MLB 19: The Show
- NBA 2K19
- Mario Kart 8*
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2^
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4^
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
- Marvel’s Spider-Man
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
- Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
- Team Sonic Racing
- Yoshi’s Crafted World*
* Digital sales not included
^ PC digital sales not included
# Minecraft digital sales on PS4 and Xbox One included