Mortal Kombat 11 becomes the best-selling game of 2019 in the US after topping NPD's list for May

Beats out Kingdom Hearts 3 in only two months

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • June 19, 2019 at 5:56 a.m. PDT

The NPD Group tracks sales of video gaming hardware and software in the United States on a monthly basis where Mortal Kombat 11 had itself a very strong launch month of April that apparently didn't lose much steam going into the following month.

Mortal Kombat 11 once again topped NPD's sales chart for May 2019 where it apparently became the best-selling game of 2019 thus far quickly moving up from its already impressive second place sitting back in April.

The previous holder of that title was the much anticipated Kingdom Hearts 3 which launched back in January. We do not know how much that title has sold in the U.S., but it did manage to ship 5 million copies worldwide in its first week on the market.

Mat Piscatella, an NPD analyst, stated that MK11 was the best-selling game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in May, and its month two sales were nearly double of any other game in franchise history.

"Month 2 sales of Mortal Kombat 11 nearly doubled the comparable sales of any other Mortal Kombat game in the history of the franchise. Mortal Kombat 11 was the best-selling game of May on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One" - NPD's Mat Piscatella

Back in April, Mortal Kombat 11 was the best-selling title across all four of its platforms — PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PC — where it became the first time a third party title led Switch sales since Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle back in 2017.

Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studios have not yet shared how many total units their latest venture has moved so far, but Mortal Kombat X managed to sell almost 11 million copies when all was said and done where the newest appears to be surpassing its predecessor at its current pace.

Not to be so easily outdone, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is still showing that it has continued staying power throughout 2019 remaining as the sixth best-selling title of May — and that doesn't include digital sales either. You can check out the full top 10 breakdown and Piscatella's full video on the state of the gaming market as of May below.

NPD's Top 10 Games of May, 2019

  1. Mortal Kombat 11
  2. Days Gone
  3. Total War: Three Kingdoms
  4. Rage 2
  5. Grand Theft Auto 5
  6. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  7. Red Dead Redemption 2
  8. MLB 19: The Show
  9. Minecraft
  10. NBA 2K19

NPD's Top 10 Games of 2019 Overall

  1. Mortal Kombat 11
  2. Kingdom Hearts 3
  3. Tom Clancy's The Division 2
  4. Anthem
  5. Resident Evil 2 2019
  6. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  7. Red Dead Redemption 2
  8. Days Gone
  9. MLB 19: The Show
  10. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Source: Mat Piscatella - NPD Analyst.

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