Switch fell to 2nd spot in the US last month due to shortages

NPD has released sales numbers for May 2017 and the chart shows that the Switch slipped to the second spot on the top selling consoles list, surpassed by the PS4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe debuted on the second spot of the best selling games, where it was beaten by Injustice 2.

The Switch was the top selling console in March and April, but persistent shortages meant that there weren’t enough consoles to meet demand. The PS4 was the best selling console in May, followed by the Switch, and the Xbox One in third place.

On the games front, Nintendo had three games in the top 10: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at 2, Zelda: Breath of the Wild at 4, and Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia at 7.

Overall, May was a good month for gaming: total video game spending was $542 million, down 11 percent compared to last year, but that’s not so bad considering that there weren’t that many new games released.

However, hardware sales grew last month thanks to the Switch.

Here’s the complete list of the best selling video games in the US in May 2017, followed by the best selling Switch games for the same period:

  1. Injustice 2
  2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  5. Prey*
  6. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  7. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia*
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. MLB 17: The Show
  10. Overwatch**
  11. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  12. Horizon Zero Dawn
  13. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  14. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  15. Mass Effect Andromeda
  16. Farpoint
  17. Battlefield 1
  18. Nier: Automata
  19. Minecraft
  20. FIFA 17

And these are the top 10 best selling Switch games for May 2017:

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  3. Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers*
  4. Disgaea 5 Complete*
  5. 1-2 Switch*
  6. Lego City: Undercover
  7. Puyo Puyo Tetris
  8. Super Bomberman R*
  9. Just Dance 2017*
  10. The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+