Microsoft and Bungie Studios didn't give the release of Halo 3: ODST the same blockbuster treatment as Halo 3, but that didn't stop the Halo faithful from coming out in big numbers for the latest fight against the Covenant. September 2009 sales numbers from the NPD Group report Halo 3: ODST sold 1.52 million copies, with its closest competitor, Wii Sports Resort, more than a million behind.
The complete list:
- 360 Halo 3: ODST, Microsoft, 1,520,000
- Wii Wii Sports Resort w/ Motion Plus, Nintendo of America, 442,900
- 360 Madden NFL 2010, Electronic Arts, 289,600
- DS Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Nintendo of America, 258,100
- 360 The Beatles: Rock Band, MTV Games, 254,000
- PS3 Madden NFL 2010, Electronic Arts, 246,500
- 360 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, Activision Blizzard, 236,000
- PS3 Batman: Arkham Asylum, Square Enix, 212,500
- 360 Guitar Hero 5, Activision Blizzard, 210,800
- Wii The Beatles: Rock Band, MTV Games, 208,600
Who expected Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story to chart so high? Encouraging numbers, given Nintendo's difficuly in pushing more traditional games on both the DS and Wii, but it's certainly a testament to the continued power of the Mario franchise and should give Nintendo solid confidence for New Super Mario Bros. Wii when it launches next month. That game's going to be a monster.
MTV Games must be happy, as The Beatles: Rock Band appears to have outsold Guitar Hero 5. It was good news elsewhere, too, especially for Square Enix, who saw Batman: Arkham Asylum chart for the second month in a row, and Electronic Arts.
"Madden NFL 10 made up some ground this month," said NPD analyst Anita Frazier in a press release. "Although when launched in August the game sold 19% fewer units than its predecessor a year prior, with a second month of sales in, that deficit has been reduced to 13%, which bodes very well for the title through the holiday season."
How many of these games did you pick up in September?