Video games sales grew in June, with new physical games and hardware up 18% in the U.S. Y/Y, to $869.4M, according to NPD. That’s a rebound from May’s 13% decline. The industry showed growth in all three major areas: Hardware sales were $313.1M (up 8%); accessories were $210.7M (up 34%); and game software sales were very strong at $345.5M (up 21%, though against a weaker 2014 comp) by calling on the Batman. The settling-in of next-gen consoles continues, as it was the fourth month of Y/Y software increases.
Counting only its 12 days of sales in June, “Batman: Arkham Knight” is the second best-selling game of the year behind “Mortal Kombat X.” It seems by the time of the holiday season, it will be an ultimate best seller.
If you include sales from hardware bundles, “Batman” would be the No. 1 game of the year so far. Batman also provided a boost to sales of Sony’s PlayStation 4 console. You can order the latest themed bundle for $399 here, or a Limited Edition here.
Warner’s dollar sales are up 217% vs. the first half of 2014, making it the top corporate publisher this year, says NPD’s Liam Callahan.
Next-gen consoles like PS4 and Xbox One led the way in hardware growth, up 15%. The PS4 led console sales again, the company said, as it has for every month this year except for April.