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October Game Sales Show Victories For 'Fable II', Nintendo

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Posted November 14, 2008 - By bleahy

The October 2008 NPD sales numbers are out and that means its time to analyze them like crazy! First, let's take a look at October's software sales:

  1. 360 FABLE II - 790K
  2. WII FIT W/ BALANCE BOARD - 487K
  3. 360 FALLOUT 3 - 375K
  4. WII MARIO KART W/ WHEEL - 290K
  5. WII PLAY W/ REMOTE - 282K
  6. 360 SAINTS ROW 2 - 270K
  7. PS3 SOCOM - 231K
  8. PS3 LITTLE BIG PLANET - 215K
  9. 360 NBA 2K9 - 202K
  10. 360 DEAD SPACE - 193K

Obviously, Fable II from Microsoft Game Studios and Lionhead Studios is the big winner, but there are more observations to be made. Interestingly, the only PS3 games to make the top 10 are exclusives, which means that gamers are still going to the Xbox 360 for their multiplatform purchases.

That being said, those numbers for SOCOM and LittleBigPlanet are worrying because they represent a historically strong PlayStation franchise (SOCOM) and the hope for a new franchise and mascot (LittleBigPlanet), which Sony needed to perform well.

Hopefully, both titles will move more units during November, but we have a feeling that Resistance 2 will steal that away. Who knows, maybe LittleBigPlanet would have moved more units if it wasn't recalled and pushed back.

Additionally, none of the Wii games in the Top 10 were actually released in October or come from any third party publishers.

Hit the break to see the hardware sales breakdown.

Hardware Sales - October 2008

  1. Wii - 803,000 units
  2. Nintendo DS - 491,000 units
  3. Xbox 360 - 371,000 units
  4. PSP - 193,000 units
  5. PlayStation 3 - 190,000 units
  6. PlayStation 2 - 136,000 units

First of all, Nintendo cleans up with the #1 and #2 spots as expected with ridiculous numbers. This isn't really a surprise and we expect Nintendo to keep the lead as the Holidays get closer.

What is interesting, however, is the amount of Xbox 360's sold when compared to the PlayStation 3. In September, the difference was much lower:

  • Xbox 360 - 347,200
  • PlayStation 3 232,400

While the sales of the Xbox 360 stayed relatively flat between September and October, managing 24,000 more sales in October than in September. Sony, however, lost 42,000 sales between the two months. This all feeds back into the software sales list and the stronger performance for the Xbox 360.

As this is sure to turn into a giant flame war, please do your best to keep the personal attacks to a minimum. If you feel the need to get crazy, do yourself a favor and watch this week's Sessler's Soapbox.

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