While the Nintendo Switch has extended its streak in June 2021 as the leading hardware platform in terms of unit sales to 31, Xbox Series X/S took the top spot as the best-selling hardware platform in dollar sales for the month alongside setting a new dollar sales record in the U.S. for the Xbox Platform.
As shared by The NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella, Xbox’s June 2021 is the best for the Xbox Platform since June 2011. Its performance helped June video game hardware dollar sales jump 112% when compared to June 2020 to $401 million.
Despite the PS5 not securing the top spot in hardware unit or dollar sales in June, it remains the fastest unit selling console hardware platform in U.S. history through its eight months on the market.
PS5 was also home to the best-selling game of June 2021 – Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Ratchet and Clank’s latest adventure also achieved the highest launch month dollar sales in franchise history, and more than doubled that of the previous record holder – 2016’s Ratchet & Clank.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War jumped up two spots from last month to second place, while Mario Golf: Super Rush took third. Launch month dollar sales for the latest entry in the Mario Golf series were the highest ever and surpassed the previous record set by GameCube’s Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour in 2003. MLB the Show 21 and Scarlet Nexus rounded out the top 5.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 jumped from #51 in May to #17 in June thanks to the release of the Nintendo Switch version, and Sea of Thieves’ Pirates of the Caribbean update known as A Pirate’s Life shot it up from #36 last month to #20.
The full list of June 2021’s top 20 best-selling games is as follows;
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- Mario Golf: Super Rush
- MLB: The Show 21
- Scarlet Nexus
- Resident Evil Village
- Mario Kart 8
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Super Mario 3D World
- Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+ 2
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Pokemon Sword/Shield
- Sea of Thieves
On the accessory front, PS5’s DualSense Wireless Controller Midnight Black was the best-selling one of them all, while three of the top four best-selling accessories of June were DualSense controllers.
All in all, June 2021 consumer spending across video game hardware, content, and accessories grew 5% when compared to June 2021, reaching $4.9 billion.
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