Charts: April NPD 2010

It’s that time again. The hardware chart isn’t too impressive and PS2 figures weren’t included in the data:

  • DS – 440,800 (down on March 2010, down on April 2009)
  • Wii – 277,000 (down on March 2010, down on April 2009)
  • 360 – 185,000 (down on March 2010, up on April 2009)
  • PS3 – 180,000 (down on March 2010, up on April 2009
  • PSP – 65,500 (down on March 2010, down on April 2009)

April wasn’t so big on releases compared to March, primarily being just the new Splinter Cell on 360, Monster Hunter on Wii and Super Street Fighter IV on the HD consoles, which didn’t do much for sales. For some reason NPD only included sales figures for the top five this time around instead of top ten:

  1. Splinter Cell: Conviction (Ubisoft, 360) – 486,100
  2. Pokémon Soul Silver (Nintendo, DS) – 242,900
  3. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo, Wii) – 200,300
  4. Pokémon Heart Gold (Nintendo, DS) – 192,600
  5. God of War III (Sony, PS3) – 180,300
  6. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Wii)
  7. Battlefield Bad Company 2 (Electronic Arts, 360)
  8. Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo, Wii)
  9. Just Dance (Ubisoft, Wii)
  10. Super Street Fighter IV (Capcom, PS3)

Of the new releases, Monster Hunter on Wii and Super Street Fight IV on 360 both failed to place.

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Charts: March NPD 2010

The US sales figures are out for March. The hardware chart is fairly traditional this month, with the PS3 likely being held back by supply issues while Pokémon kept the DS strong:

  • DS – 700,800
  • Wii – 557,500
  • 360 – 338,400
  • PS3 – 313,900
  • PSP – 119,900
  • PS2 – 118,300

That didn’t stop PS3 gamers buying God of War III and Final Fantasy XIII though:

  1. God of War III (Sony, PS3) – 1,100,000
  2. Pokémon Soul Silver (Nintendo, DS) – 1,020,00
  3. Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, PS3) – 828,200
  4. Battlefield Bad Company 2 (Electronic Arts, 360) – 825,500
  5. Pokémon Heart Gold (Nintendo, DS) – 761,200
  6. Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, 360) – 493,900
  7. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo, Wii) – 457,400
  8. Battlefield Bad Company 2 (Electronic Arts, PS3) – 451,200
  9. Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo, Wii) – 429,600
  10. MLB10: The Show (Sony, PS3) – 349,200

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Charts: February NPD 2010

The 360 had a rare victory over the Wii (it’s done it twice before, the PS3 once), but the DS still topped the chart. Microsoft’s Aaron Greenburg has already said it’s the best Feb in the console’s history, while Sony have apparently been plagued with shortages in the US:

  • DS – 613,000
  • 360 – 422,000
  • Wii – 397,000
  • PS3 – 360,100
  • PSP – 133,400
  • PS2: 102,900

Obviously that translates well in the software charts, with Bioshock 2 on the 360 topping the chart and Modern Warfare 2 still doing well three months after launch.

  1. BioShock 2 (Xbox 360): 562,900
  2. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii): 555,600
  3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360): 314,300
  4. Just Dance (Wii): 275,400
  5. Wii Sports Resort (Wii): 272,500
  6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3): 252,800
  7. Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360): 246,500
  8. Dante’s Inferno: Divine Edition (PS3): 242,500
  9. Dante’s Inferno (Xbox 360): 224,700
  10. Heavy Rain (PS3): 219,300

Source: Eurogamer

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Charts: January NPD

February 12, 2010 Leave a comment

The NPD Group have released the video game sales figures for January 2010, reporting sales are down $170 million, to $1.17 billion.

Microsoft had some good momentum from Mass Effect 2, keeping the 360 ahead of PS3 this month but still plenty behind the Wii:

  • Wii – 465.8K
  • DS – 422.2K
  • Xbox 360 – 332.8K
  • PS3 – 276.9K
  • PSP – 100.1K
  • PS2 – 41.6K

Nintendo topped the software charts too, with Mass Effect 2 just grabbing the top spot. Five Wii games, four 360, one PS3. No Bayonetta, but Army of Two and Darksiders both entered the chart on 360:

  1. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo, Wii) – 656,700
  2. Mass Effect 2 (Electronics Arts, 360) – 572,100
  3. Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo, Wii) – 555,700
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activison, 360) – 326,700
  5. Mario Kart (Nintendo, Wii) – 310,900
  6. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Wii) – 297,600
  7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activison, PS3) – 259,000
  8. Army of Two: The 50th Day (Electronic Arts, 360) – 246,500
  9. Just Dance (Ubisoft, Wii) – 191,900
  10. Darksiders (THQ, 360) –  171,200

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Charts: December NPD 2009

January 14, 2010 Leave a comment

NPD Group have released the figures for December and there are lots of millions this time around. In the hardware chart Nintendo are dominant again and the PS3 just beat the 360:

  • Nintendo Wii – 3,810,000
  • Nintendo DS – 3,310,000
  • Playstation 3 – 1,360,000
  • Xbox 360 – 1,310,000
  • Playstation Portable – 654,700
  • PlayStation 2 – 333,200

December’s software also has Nintendo on top with some big numbers. Five Wii games, three 360, one PS3 and one DS:

  1. New Super Mario Bros Wii (Nintendo, Wii) – 2,820,000
  2. Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo, Wii) – 2,410,000
  3. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Wii) – 1,790,00
  4. Modern Warfare 2 (Activision, 360) – 1,630,000
  5. Modern Warfare 2 (Activision, PS3) – 1,120,000
  6. Wii Play (Nintendo, Wii) – 1,010,000
  7. Mario Kart (Nintendo, Wii) – 936,100
  8. Assassins Creed II (Ubisoft, 360) – 783,100
  9. Left 4 Dead 2 (Electronic Arts, 360) – 728,500
  10. Mario & Luigi: Bowser Inside Story (Nintendo, DS) – 656,700

At some point the figures for 2009 overall will come out, but I think that’s going to be the Nintendo games, the Modern Warfares, ODST and maybe some big third party game like Resident Evil 5 or Assassin’s Creed 2.

Source:

VG247

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News: Additional October Figures

November 13, 2009 Leave a comment

From GameSpot:

  • Borderlands (2K Games, 360) – 418,000
  • Borderlands (2K Games, PS3) – 113,000
  • Borderlands (2K Games, PC) – 15,000 (this figure ignore digital downloads, which are likely much higher)

From VG247:

In its few days of release, DJ Hero managed 122,000:

  • DJ Hero (Activision, 360) – 62,000 units
  • DJ Hero (Activision, PS3) – 39,000 units
  • DJ Hero (Activision, Wii) – 19,000 units
  • DJ Hero (Activision, PS2) – 3,300 units

Brutal Legend managed 216,000, and the 360 version is very likely 11th in the chart:

  • Brutal Legend (Electronic Arts, 360) – 150,000 units
  • Brutal Legend (Electronic Arts, PS3) – 66,000 units
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Charts: October 2009

November 13, 2009 Leave a comment

The NPD Group have released the video game hardware and software charts for October 2009. The slim PS3 is still chugging along nicely this month, but the Wii reclaimed the top spot:

  • Wii – 506.9K
  • DS – 457.6K
  • Playstation 3 – 320.6K
  • Xbox 360 – 249.7K
  • Playstation Portable – 174.6K
  • Playstation 2 – 117.8

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves takes a well-deserved place at the top of the software chart. Borderlands (said by one analyst to have been ‘sent to die’ at retail) has done well for itself, standing toe-to-toe with Wii Fit (and very likely outselling it across all formats). Forza Motorsport 3 didn’t do badly for only a couple of days of sales, but DJ Hero, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City didn’t make the charts in a  similarly short release window.  Also missing is Demon’s Souls, but that was always expected to be a fairly niche title:

  1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Sony, PS3) – 537,000
  2. Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo, Wii) – 441,000
  3. Borderlands (2K Games, 360) – 418,000
  4. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Wii) – 314,000
  5. NBA 2K10 (2K Games, 360) – 311,000
  6. Halo 3: ODST (Microsoft, 360) – 271,000
  7. NBA 2K10 (2K Games, PS3) – 213,000
  8. Forza Motorsport 3 (Microsoft, 360) – 175,000
  9. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (Square Enix, DS) – 169,000
  10. FIFA Soccer 10 (Electronic Arts, 360) – 156,000

The NPD’s Anita Fraser tweeted the overall stats.  The industry as a whole is down compared to last year, but the consoles all being cheaper is obviously a factor:

October VG sales at $1.1B for month, down 19% from LY. Console hardware hardest hit down 21% in unit sales from LY. #NPDGames

Microsoft’s incredibly quick press release mentioned six 360 games in the console top 10 (ignoring handhelds), which means that Brutal Legend on 360 only just missed the chart, so even if it has to have sold less than 156,000 units on each console it did not do terribly.

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