May NPDs: LA Noire, Xbox 360 on top

May was a rough month for the US videogame industry. In fact, according to data tracker NPD Group, it was “the lowest month of sales for the industry since October 2006.”

According to analyst Anita Frazier, the slump was due to “a light slate of new releases.”

It’s not all doom and gloom though. Mid-month release LA Noire topped the software chart, followed by fellow newcomers Brink and Lego Pirates of the Caribbean. The rest of the top 10 consists of older releases.

As for hardware; Xbox 360, PS3 and PSP all saw year-over-year increases. Microsoft’s system benefited the most with its 39% increase and 270,000 units sold. It was also the 17th consecutive month of YOY hardware sales increases, according to Microsoft itself.

“Sales of the 3DS were light,” according to Frazier, with Wii sales declining. Regardless, the Nintendo system has established such a lead over its competitors that should sales continue to progress at this pace, “a year from now the Wii will still enjoy the lead in install base.”

Software top 10 follows (digital sales not included):

1. L.A. Noire (360, PS3)
2. Brink (360, PS3, PC)
3. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC)
4. Portal 2 (360, PS3, PC)
5. Mortal Kombat 2011 (PS3, 360)
6. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PC)
7. Zumba Fitness: Join the Party (Wii, 360, PS3)
8. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, PC)
9. Just Dance 2 (Wii)
10. Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Wii, NDS, 360, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC)

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