Overall hardware spending was at $149 million for the month, down 20 percent compared to last year.
Along with revealing that NetherRealm’s Mortal Kombat 11 had topped software sales charts for not just May 2019 but the year-to-date, The NPD Group also announced that Nintendo Switch as the top-selling console again (as per ZhugeEX on ResetEra). Hardware spending made up $149 million of the total $641 million spending for the month with accessories consisting of $230 million. Compared to May 2018’s $186 million, hardware spending is down by a staggering 20 percent this year.
So while the Nintendo Switch saw sales growth, it was offset by the overall decline of sales across other platforms. Nevertheless, the console has managed to top May 2019’s hardware chart along with year-to-date charts in unit and dollar sales. The best-selling accessory for the month was the PS4’s DualShock 4 Black Wireless Controller, which is also the best-selling accessory this year so far.
The rest of the year should be even better for Nintendo, with titles like Super Mario Maker 2, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Astral Chain, and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening coming soon. Luigi’s Mansion 3 will likely close out the year (since its marked as releasing in Q4 2019). Meanwhile, Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be out in March 2020.