Analysis: April 2009 NPD Software Sales - Nintendo Dominates And 'Godfather II' Sells


Posted May 14, 2009 - By bleahy

<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Nintendo Wii" src="http://files.g4tv.com/ImageDb3/144334_S/Nintendo-Wii.jpg" /></p> <p>NPD&nbsp;time! As always, I'll be looking at the software sales with my <a href="http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/695591/Analysis-NPD-April-2009-Console-Sales---Nintendo-DSi-And-Sony-PlayStation-2-Flourish.html">esteemed colleague Raymond Padilla heading up the hardware sales analysis</a>.</p> <p>It was a relatively quiet month and overall, sales were down 23% when compared to last year, which saw the releases of <em>Grand Theft Auto IV</em>&nbsp;and <em>Metal Gear Solid 4</em>.</p> <p>Here's the top five:</p> <ol> <li><em>Wii Fit </em>w/ Balance Board, Nintendo, 471K</li> <li>DS <em>Pokemon Platinum</em>, Nintendo, 433K</li> <li>Wii <em>Mario Kart Wii</em> w/ Wheel, Nintendo, 210K</li> <li><em>Wii Play</em> w/ Remote, Nintendo, 170K</li> <li>360 <em>The Godfather II</em>, EA, 155K</li> </ol> <p>Nintendo certainly came to party and Pokemon Platinum continued to sell amazingly well moving&nbsp;<a href="http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/694805/Analysis-March-2009-NPD-Software-Sales---Resident-Evil-5-And-Pokemon-Perform.html">just over half of its March count</a>. The Godfather II surprises me a bit, but I guess a movie license is worth the trouble in a slow month.&nbsp;&lt;exclude&gt;Click through to see the rest of the top ten.&lt;/exclude&gt;</p> <p></p> <ol type="1" start="6"> <li>360 <em>Resident Evil 5</em>, Capcom, 122K</li> <li>DS <em>New Super Mario Bros.</em> , Nintendo, 119K</li> <li>DS <em>Mario Kart DS</em>, Nintendo, 112K</li> <li>360 <em>Guitar Hero Aerosmith</em>, Activision, 110K</li> <li>PS3 <em>The Godfather II</em>, EA, 91K</li> </ol> <p>The frequency of DS titles on this list most likely corresponds to the release of the DSi, which <a href="http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/695591/Analysis-NPD-April-2009-Console-Sales---Nintendo-DSi-And-Sony-PlayStation-2-Flourish.html">Raymond will tell you was surprisingly popular</a>. I'm extremely surprised to see <em>Guitar Hero: Aerosmith</em> represent the franchises only top ten placement for April... especially since <em>Guitar Hero: Metallica</em> was released at the end of March (and failed to make the top ten). Well, <em>GH: Aerosmith</em> is $20 cheaper than <em>Metallica</em>.</p> <p><em>Killzone 2</em> is completely gone as the PlayStation 3 only manages to put one game in the top ten, which is a performance I'm a little too used to seeing. Come on, Sony. Is it finally time to hire a new marketing firm? Hopefully, inFAMOUS will pull them out of their slump along with performances from some multiplatform titles like <em>Wolverine</em>, <em>UFC 2009 Undisputed</em>, <em>Terminator: Salvation</em>, and <em>Bionic Commando</em>.</p> <p>If <em>inFAMOUS</em> doesn't perform, it will probably signal the long haul to the next-exclusive for the PS3. To date, none have popped like <em>Halo</em> or <em>Gears of War</em>. If you're a PS3 fan and you're angry about these numbers... buy more games.</p>

Analysis: April 2009 NPD Software Sales - Nintendo Dominates And 'Godfather II' Sells


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