The NPD figures are in for June, with the US's games-related sales having fallen 15% year-on-year. The games industry brought in $593.3m in hardware, new boxed software and accessories. That compares to just over $700m in June last year.
The figure does, however, beat the disappointing $386.3m made in May. The worst drop year on year was (unsurprisingly in the face of the impending next-gen releases) in hardware. Sales were down 30% to $142m.
The 3DS did well, though, with Animal Crossing New Leaf helping the system sell 40% more than last year, up to 225k units.
NPD?s Liam Callahan noted, ?Strong double-digit increases in the 3DS hardware sales were coupled with triple-digit digit increases in software for June sales. 3DS software sales momentum is building due to a steady flow of content over the past few months, leading to positive year-to-date sales results.?
The Last of Us topped the software chart, followed by Animal Crossing. Minecraft came in third, showing that games can still perform well at retail following a strong digital release.
You can see the software chart in full below.
1. The Last of Us (PS3)
2. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
3. Minecraft (X360)
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (PC, PS3, Wii U, X360)
5. NBA 2K13 (PC, PSP, PS3, Wii, Wii U, 360)
6. Injustice: Gods Among Us (PS3, Wii U, X360)
7. Donkey Kong Country Returns (3DS, Wii)
8. Deadpool (PS3, X360)
9. Battlefield 3 (PC, PS3, X360)
10. Luigi?s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)