The Last of Us Part 2's debut led another big month for video game software sales in the US, supported by the usual cadre of Nintendo Switch titles -- including the return of Ring Fit Adventure to store shelves.
According to The NPD Group's data and analysis by Mat Piscatella, overall spending on games in June was up 26% year-over-year to $1.2 billion, the highest June spending's been since 2009.
Specifically, hardware spending was down in June by 17% year-over-year to $191 million, with the Nintendo Switch continuing its trend as the best-selling console in both unit and dollar sales.
Accessories sales, however, were up 29% year-over-year to $417 million, with new dollar sales records across multiple categories including gamepads, headsets, steering wheels, and controller enhancements. The Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller was both the best-selling accessory for the month and for 2020 so far.
Finally, in software, dollar sales in June were up 49% year-over-year to $570 million -- the highest total for a June month since 2010.
By title, The Last of Us: Part 2 debuted at No.1 and is now the third best-selling game of the year, behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at No.1 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons at No.2. Final Fantasy VII Remake was bumped to No.4 year-to-date.
Additionally, The Last of Us: Part 2 reached both the highest launch month dollar sales of any 2020 new release so far, and the second-highest launch month dollar sales for a Sony-published game in history, second only to Marvel's Spider-Man.
Ring Fit Adventure saw an enormous leap, from No.835 last month to No.7 thanks to significant increases in stock following a long period of unavailability due to COVID-19 impacts on hardware production and high demand due to stay-at-home orders.