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June 16, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Video game sales leap 52% with PS4, “Watch Dogs” ahead in May

Game sales continued to rebound in May when U.S. sales rose 52 percent, the biggest monthly jump in six years, according to NPD’s monthly report.

"Watch Dogs" screenshot from publisher Ubisoft.

“Watch Dogs” screenshot from publisher Ubisoft.

Sony’s PlayStation 4 continued to lead hardware sales for the fifth consecutive month. Overall hardware sales grew 137 percent compared to the same period last year, mostly because of PS4 and Xbox One sales but also pushed by Nintendo Wii U and Sony Vita bundles.

Overall sales of physical games, hardware and accessories were $586 million, including $274 million spent on games. The firm estimates that $787┬ámillion was spent last month on digital games – including subscriptions apps and downloads – bringing total U.S. sales to $1.46 billion.

Here are the top 10 games for the month:

Watch Dogs (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)
Mario Kart 8 (NWU)
MLB 14: The Show (PS4, PS3, PSV)
Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)
Minecraft (360, PS3)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, 3DS, NWU)
NBA 2K14 (360, PS4. PS3, XBO, PC)
Titanfall (360, XBO, PC)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)
Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC, NWU)

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