Sales results are often interesting, either for confirming expectations or defying them. Some information on the top selling games in the US for the first six months of the year - based on physical retail sales via NPD - are worth a look then, even if there's only one Nintendo title in the top 10.
So, below are the top 10 games in the US for the first half of 2015.
- Mortal Kombat X (Publisher: Warner Bros.)
- Grand Theft Auto V (Publisher: Take-Two Interactive Software)
- Battlefield Hardline (Publisher: Electronic Arts)
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Publisher: Activision)
- Minecraft (Publisher: Microsoft)
- Batman: Arkham Knight (Publisher: Warner Bros.)
- Dying Light (Publisher: Warner Bros.)
- NBA 2K15 (Publisher: Take-Two Interactive Software)
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Publisher: CD Projekt Red)
- Super Smash Bros. (Publisher: Nintendo)
Of course, all of these titles are multi-platform, showing that it's difficult for system exclusives to make much of an impact. It's nevertheless pleasing that Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS has made it into the top 10, considering its separate launches in the latter half of last year. The absence of single-platform games should also remind us to not overlook successes such as Splatoon, which has performed well on the Wii U.
We're pretty surprised by a few of the results, nevertheless. Mortal Kombat X clearly performs well the gorier it is, and Minecraft just won't go away.
What do you think of this US top 10 for 2015 so far?