Video game sales figures for May 2012 have been released by industry calculator NPD Group, and to no one’s surprise, Diablo III was the best selling title of the month. These sales figures are for box copies only, and do not include digital sales, which is part of the reason they say total sales have been dropping every month.

    NEW YORK — U.S. retail sales of video-game hardware, software and accessories fell for a sixth consecutive month in May.

    According to market tracker NPD Group, sales fell 28 percent from a year earlier to $517 million. The study tracks sales of new physical products — about 50 percent to 60 percent of the total spending. Excluded are sales of used games and rentals as well as digital and social-network spending.

    Sales of console and portable software — the video games themselves — fell 32 percent from a year earlier to $255 million, while sales of hardware fell 39 percent to $139 million. That was offset partly by a 7 percent increase in sales of accessories, to $122 million.

    NPD also listed the top-selling games in May and said it was the first time since July 2010 that a PC-only game was a top seller for the month.

    That last line made me curious; what was the title in July 2010 that was the last PC-only title to top the chart? I guess it was Starcraft II, which was released July 27, 2010, but that doesn’t mesh with the lists I found online for NPD’s sales figures for July 2010, where SC2 isn’t even mentioned and the top seller is a sports title released for PS3 and Xbox360.

    Update: Reader Qvardz dug up a page on Wired that cites NPD as certifying SC2 as the biggest seller of the month, even though it’s not on the top 10 list in that article either.

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