It's NPD time again - though the figures only represent 'new' sales at physical retail and are therefore limited in scope, they give some insight into the state of the US gaming market.

Overall, the market in the July sales is up compared to 2014's equivalent period. From Nintendo's perspective the software top 10 - which only has one new release - doesn't feature any of its games, but that's not exactly shameful as it's a list dominated by multi-platform titles.

  1. LEGO Jurassic World (360, 3DS, PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, PS4, Vita)
  2. Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  3. Minecraft (360, PS3 ,Xbox One, PS4)
  4. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  5. Rory Mcilroy PGA Tour (PS4, Xbox One)
  6. The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  7. Destiny (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
  8. Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
  9. FIFA 15 (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, Wii, Vita, 3DS)
  10. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)

On the plus side the 3DS version of LEGO Jurassic World is doing well, and in the battle of ports that hardly anyone buys the Wii version of FIFA 15 has outsold the Vita equivalent - break out the bunting!

Rainmaker is another new mode for all those that have bought Splatoon to enjoy

Moving on to Nintendo specifically, it's had some positive news to share. Wii U shooter Splatoon sold another 85,000 units in its third month, and overall it's shifted nearly 540,000 copies in the US and over 1.6 million copies around the world; it's played a key role in total US Wii U game sales for the first seven months of the year being 10% up on last year. Nintendo's also talked up 3DS hardware sales for the first seven months of the year, which are 35% up on the equivalent 2014 figures - the New Nintendo 3DS XL has no doubt been the main driving point for that boost.

Some positive momentum for Nintendo, then, though its hesitance in talking about Wii U hardware momentum suggests it's nothing to shout about. In any case, long live Splatoon!

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