Red Dead Redemption, Nintendo Dominate May 2010 Video Game Sales

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Two months later, that headline surprises no one, right? But, it’s important to remember that RDR’s success wasn’t a slam-dunk. The Western diverges greatly from what Rockstar’s done with the GTA games and there were no guarantees that it would be as awesome as it is.

Coutesy of Wired’s Game|Life blog and the NPD Group, here’s how the numbers stacked up for the month of May:

Game Hardware Sales, May 2010

  1. Nintendo DS: 383.7K
  2. Wii: 334.8K
  3. Xbox 360: 194.6K
  4. PlayStation 3: 154.5K
  5. PSP: 59.4K

Top 10 Game Sales, May 2010

  1. Red Dead Redemption, Xbox 360, Take Two: 945.9K
  2. Red Dead Redemption, PlayStation 3, Take Two: 567.1K
  3. Super Mario Galaxy 2, Wii, Nintendo: 563.9K
  4. UFC 2010: Undisputed, Xbox 360, THQ: 221.1K
  5. UFC 2010: Undisputed, PlayStation 3, THQ: 192.3K
  6. Wii Fit Plus, Wii, Nintendo
  7. New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Wii, Nintendo
  8. Alan Wake, Xbox 360, Microsoft
  9. Pokemon Soul Silver, Nintendo DS, Nintendo
  10. Skate 3, Xbox 360, Electronic Arts

Things that stand out to me:

  • The hardware sales gap between PS3s and 360s is pretty slim (no pun intended). It’ll be interesting to see how the new Xbox 360 redesign affects that margin, if at all.
  • You cannot stop Nintendo; you can only hope to contain them. And you can barely hope to do that. New Super Mario Bros. Wii came out last November and still sits comfortably in the top ten six month later.
  • Those PSP numbers… just not pretty. It might take more than Marcus Rivers to bump those sales up.