Injustice 2 hit the top of the charts in NPD Group’s May video game sales data. Injustice 2 released in the middle of the month, and took the top spot against some major contenders.
It might not come as much of a surprise that Injustice 2 did so well, as the first game in the franchise – Injustice: Gods Among Us – was well received, and few other games were launching in May to compete with it. Prey was one of few other major releases that month, and it came in at 5th in NPD Group’s data, which didn’t include digital sales for it and a number of other games.
Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8 Deluxe took 2nd and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild caught 4th without the inclusion of digital sales. Grand Theft Auto 5 proved its staying power by taking 3rd place. Those interested can find May 2017’s top ten best-selling games for the US across all platforms in the list below with the asterisks denoting games that did not include digital sales.
- Injustice 2
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Grand Theft Auto 5
- Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
- Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia
- NBA 2K17
- MLB 17: The Show
The sales of Injustice 2 are impressive given that it came out halfway through the month, and extra impressive as gained it 9th place in sales for 2017’s new games. However, the lack of digital sales on some games somewhat deflates Injustice 2’s victory in May, as those were factored in for the NetherRealm Studios fighting game, giving it a boost Mario Kart 8 Deluxe didn’t get.
Given that Injustice 2 includes online multiplayer, the sales figure is great news for fans of the game. A bigger install base means more people to play with, and will also likely encourage NetherRealm Studios to ensure ample support for the game.
For some, sales of the game probably won’t factor much into their decision to buy the Injustice 2 or not. After all, the character roster is a pretty important factor for a game in a universe with such a rabid fan-base.
Injustice 2 is available now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.