Ghost of Tsushima tops charts four years after launch | Circana May 2024

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Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut’s launch on PC has put the title up to the top of the May 2024 bestseller charts, according to industry-tracking firm Circana. May was not necessarily heavy with triple-A game releases, but I admit I was not expecting a 2020 release to come along and snatch the number one slot. Other highlights from the charts include the continued plummet of hardware sales, pulling the monthly spending total down 6% year-over-year.

“Projected U.S. total spending on video game hardware, content and accessories fell 6% in May 2024 when compared to a year ago, to $4.0 billion,” said Mat Piscatella, Circana’s executive producer for games reports. “Year-to-date 2024 spending was 2% higher than a year ago, at $22.8 billion.”

May 2024 Dollar Sales, MillionsMay2023May2024ChangeTotal Video Game Sales$4,233$3,975-6%Video Game Content (Physical & Digital Full Game, DLC/MTX and Subscription consumer spending across Console, Cloud, Mobile*, Portable, PC and VR platforms)$3,733$3,624-3%Video Game Hardware$339$202-40%Video Game Accessories$161$148-8%*Mobile spending provided by Sensor Tower

As noted in the report, video game hardware is down 40% in May and 30% across the whole year. Piscatella also said, “May video game hardware spending declined 40% when compared to a year ago, to $202 million, and is now 30% lower year-to-date. Through May, all current generation hardware platforms are showing double-digit percentage declines year- on-year in 2024, with Switch showing the most significant drop.” Piscatella also notes that this could be due to May 2024 suffering in comparison to the strong launch of Tears of the Kingdom last May.

This is the first time in 2024 that the monthly sales figures have all been in the red. While the hardware numbers have been in freefall for some time, usually video game content sales or accessories will be positive and bring the overall number up a bit. However, the year-to-date chart shows a positive 2% increase compared with May 2023’s similar chart. Games and accessories also have positive growth on the same chart.

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Circana May 2024: Top 20 best-selling games in the U.S.

RankLastMonthRankTitlePublisher171Ghost of TsushimaSony (Corp)2NEWPaper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door*Nintendo33Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (2023)Activision Blizzard (Corp)42Helldivers IISony (Corp)56MLB: The Show 24^Multiple Video Game …

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Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut’s launch on PC has put the title up to the top of the May 2024 bestseller charts, according to industry-tracking firm Circana. May was not necessarily heavy with triple-A game releases, but I admit I was not expecting a 2020 release to come along and snatch the number one slot. Other highlights from the charts include the continued plummet of hardware sales, pulling the monthly spending total down 6% year-over-year.

“Projected U.S. total spending on video game hardware, content and accessories fell 6% in May 2024 when compared to a year ago, to $4.0 billion,” said Mat Piscatella, Circana’s executive producer for games reports. “Year-to-date 2024 spending was 2% higher than a year ago, at $22.8 billion.”

May 2024 Dollar Sales, MillionsMay2023May2024ChangeTotal Video Game Sales$4,233$3,975-6%Video Game Content (Physical & Digital Full Game, DLC/MTX and Subscription consumer spending across Console, Cloud, Mobile*, Portable, PC and VR platforms)$3,733$3,624-3%Video Game Hardware$339$202-40%Video Game Accessories$161$148-8%*Mobile spending provided by Sensor Tower

As noted in the report, video game hardware is down 40% in May and 30% across the whole year. Piscatella also said, “May video game hardware spending declined 40% when compared to a year ago, to $202 million, and is now 30% lower year-to-date. Through May, all current generation hardware platforms are showing double-digit percentage declines year- on-year in 2024, with Switch showing the most significant drop.” Piscatella also notes that this could be due to May 2024 suffering in comparison to the strong launch of Tears of the Kingdom last May.

This is the first time in 2024 that the monthly sales figures have all been in the red. While the hardware numbers have been in freefall for some time, usually video game content sales or accessories will be positive and bring the overall number up a bit. However, the year-to-date chart shows a positive 2% increase compared with May 2023’s similar chart. Games and accessories also have positive growth on the same chart.

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Circana May 2024: Top 20 best-selling games in the U.S.

RankLastMonthRankTitlePublisher171Ghost of TsushimaSony (Corp)2NEWPaper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door*Nintendo33Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (2023)Activision Blizzard (Corp)42Helldivers IISony (Corp)56MLB: The Show 24^Multiple Video Game …nnDiscussion:nn” ai_name=”RocketNews AI: ” start_sentence=”Can I tell you more about this article?” text_input_placeholder=”Type ‘Yes'”]

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