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Borderlands 2 Detailed -- All New Characters, Guns, and Vehicles

Unsurprisingly, Madden NFL 13 was able to take the top spot as the top selling game of the month, but it was Borderlands 2 number two spot on the list that really caught our eye. 

“Borderlands 2, with its bazillion guns-a-blazing, exceeded the first month’s unit sales of the first game which launched in October 2009 by 234%," said NPD analyst Anita Frazier. Fifa Soccer 13, New Super Marios Bros. 2, and Guild Wars 2 rounded out the top five.

The bad news is that video game sales continued to slide in September, declining 24 percent year-over-year in September 2012 from $1.11 billion to $848.3 million according to the NPD Group. The number is a bit misleading though, as they only represent new physical retail sales of hardware, software and accessories which only account for about 50 percent of the total amount consumers spend on games.

Had NPD included digital format sales, as well as add-on content downloads including microtransactions, subscriptions, and mobile apps the number would be at about $1.6B, meaning people are still spending just as much money (if not more) on games this year as they were last year, just in different ways.

As for consoles, the Xbox 360 was the highest-selling home console for the month with 270,000 units sold. Nintendo also had a bright month, as the overall sales of the Nintendo 3DS increased 89 percent year-over-year. “Nintendo 3DS XL continues to galvanize our Nintendo 3DS business,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Hardware sales are up, software sales are increasing exponentially and the attach rate is growing stronger every month."

To see the full Top 10 check after the break.

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Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs sold 172,000 copies across both the Xbox 360 and PS3 last month. Last week we told you who won the War of August 14th, thanks to sales data released from the NPD. Darksiders 2 took the number spot in August with 247,000 units sold. Sleeping Dogs came in at number six.

Also in last week's NPD report was the news that video game sales were down 20%, a trend we tend to see each summer.

I haven't played enough of either Darksiders 2 or Sleeping Dogs to determine which was better. Word around the office indicates they were both entertaining titles. Are you surprised by these numbers? Did you expect Sleeping Dogs to sell more?

Source: Joystiq




Darksiders 2

Video game retail sales were down 20 percent in August, bringing in just $515.6 million according to the NPD Group. Total software sales (including PC retail software) dropped by 11 percent to $252.8 million and hardware sales declined by a whopping 39 percent to $150.6 million.

"The current hardware systems are showing their age, so it goes without saying that it would be great to have new systems breathe life into traditional retail industry sales," said NPD industry analyst Anita Frazier.

The Xbox 360 maintained its console market lead in August, selling 193,000 units, and held 48 percent share of current-generation console sales in the U.S. However, even though the Xbox saw success, Frazier mentioned, "Of the platforms that were on the market last August, none realized a year-over-year sales increase. However, compared to July 2012, the 3DS and the PS3 both experienced unit sales increases in August.”

As for the games themselves, THQ's Darksiders 2 led the software sales pack with 247,000 units sold. For the full list of the top 10 selling games in August, check after the break.

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How To Spend $100 On Video Games

Over $2 billion has been spent on video game content in the U.S. between April and June 2012 according to the Q2 2012 Games Market Dynamics: U.S. report and The NPD Group.

Specifically, the retail console market earned $1 billion, while the used and rental business brought in $386 million. Yet it was digital content that brought in the big bucks. Content in digital formats, which includes full games, content downloads, subscriptions, mobile games, and social network games, generated $1.47 billion.

“In the second quarter of this year, sales of content in a digital format have grown 17 percent over Q2 2011," said Anita Frazier, industry analyst, The NPD Group.

However, even though digital sales were up, the decline in sales in new software and hardware lead to an overall drop in consumer spending in Q2 by 16 percent, according to the NPD group.

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Diablo 3 Beta Dates Announced

The May NPD results are in and have confirmed that PC gaming isn't dead, as they've named Diablo 3 the top selling game of the month. This is the first time since July 2010, when StarCraft 2 came out, that a PC-only game has been on top.

“PC Games sales realized a year over year increase of 230% realizing $80MM in sales, which softened the decline in software sales overall," said NPD analyst, Anita Frazier.

Other top games for the month include Max Payne 3, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Prototype 2, NBA 2K12, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Sniper Elite V2, Battlefield 3, Dragon's Dogma, and Just Dance 3.

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Prototype 2

Prototype 2 was the top-selling game in April. The supernaturally tinged dystopian action game beat out Kinect Star Wars and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, numbers two and three on the charts, respectively. This is great news if you're a fan of publisher Activision or developer Radical, but April was not a good month for gaming software as a whole. According to the figures released by industry analysts at the NPD Group, sales were down 32 percent versus last year.

“I think what the new physical retail content sales reflect a very light release schedule in terms of the amount of compelling new games," said the NPD's Anita Frazier in a statement. "Last April, the top seven titles outsold the top-selling title this year, and, simply stated, there were notably fewer new market introductions. I think it’s a simple as that because when we see compelling content come into the market, the games are still selling as well as ever – we just saw a lot less this April as compared to last.”

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The Console Wars: Rise of the Machines

Sales of video game hardware were down in March versus last year, continuing the industry's recent slump. Hardware sales totalled $323.5 million, down 35 percent from $494.5 million a year ago. Accessory sales were $222.5 million, down 8 percent from $241.4 million a year ago.

“While it was a disappointing month, and first quarter, for new physical retail sales of video games hardware, software and accessories, it wasn’t entirely unexpected given guidance we’ve seen from several sources," Anita Frazier, analyst at NPD said.

“Outside of new physical retail sales, we find that the consumer spend on content on used games, rentals, subscriptions, mobile games, social network games, digital full game downloads and add-on content accounted for an additional $2.5 billion to $2.7 billion across the U.S., U.K., France & Germany in Q1 2012.”

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Mass Effect 3 Razer Peripherals Include DLC

In a month where so many new releases hit the shelves, it's utterly surprising that Mass Effect 3 came out on top as the number one selling game in March. Nevertheless, a congratulations is in order to EA and the BioWare team on putting out a title that fans are still talking about every single day and playing with a feverish passion.

Mass Effect 3 sold more than twice as much as did Mass Effect 2 during its introductory month in January 2010,” said Anita Frazer, a NPD Group Analyst.

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, MLB 12: The Show, NBA 2K12, and SSX rounded out the top five games sold in March according to the NPD Group. Gamers spent a total of $553.1MM on game software throughout March, which added up to 25 percent less than they spent on games last March.

To see which other five games topped the March sales chart hit the break.

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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Supports 32-Player Console Games?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was the top-selling game across platforms for the month of February 2012, beating out both Final Fantasy 13-2 and UFC Undisputed 3, which came in second and third. That's not bad for a game that's been out since November.

We don't have exact sales numbers on how much each game made or anything, but we do know that overall software sales amounted to $464.4MM in February. That might seem like a lot, but it was actually a pretty bad month for the industry. Sales were down 23 percent compared to last year during the same time. 

Also notable: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning had a solid showing. It was the fourth highest selling game for the month, which is particularly impressive because it's the first game from a new development company (38 Studios) and also is not a sequel. Every single other game on the top selling games list is a sequel, many from franchise that go back many, many years (Twisted Metal, Soul Calibur 5, Final Fantasy 13-2, NBA 2K). Hey, video game industry, maybe sales wouldn't be going down year-to-year if you guys put out more original games. Just a thought.

Anyway, click the cut for the top-ten best selling games in February 2012.

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Xbox 360 Arcade And Xbox 360 Pro Getting Storage Upgrades?

The Xbox 360 won the February console wars, marking the 14th month that the console has sold more units than its competitors. 426,000 Xbox units were sold in February, marking the 12th consecutive month that the 360 has held more than 40% of the current generation console market share. The PlayStation 3 sold around 360,000 units, which is still quite impressive.

“The best-selling hardware platform for the month was Xbox 360 for the seventh month in a row.  While most hardware platforms posted declines versus last year, all current-generation platforms improved sales over January 2012 by more than 50 percent," said Anita Frazier, NPD Analyst.

Nintendo had a successful February as well. They sold 625,000 total hardware units last month, and saw tons of growth across each of its product lines compared to January. Here's a quick breakdown:

  • Nintendo 3DS: 262,000, a 53 percent increase
  • Wii: 228,000, a 50 percent increase
  • Nintendo DS: 135,000, a 76 percent increase
  • Total: 625,000, a 57 percent increase

While that's the good news (for some, at least), video game hardware sales as a whole are down by 18% to $381.4M compared to $466.9M from February 2011. But compared to January, the console hardware numbers increased by 62% without the inclusion of the PlayStation Vita. If you want to account for the four days of retail sales in this reporting period, then that number jumps up to 87% which is pretty good.

'Fess up gamers, did you get a new console in February, and if so, what did you get? If you want to see which game topped the charts in February, check out our February software analysis.

Console Check-in

Today, the NPD Group released its January sales figures, and the beginning of 2012 was not good at all. Total consumer spending on video games fell 34 percent to $750.6 million in the US. Video game hardware sales totaled only $324 million, down 38% year over year. That's the worst it's been since January 2004.

"One factor for the double digit declines in new physical software was the lack of new launches, according to NPD analyst Anita Frazier. "New launches in January 2011 represented 13 percent of dollar sales and new launch performance dropped 99 percent in Jan 2012. Games like Dead Space 2, Little Big Planet 2, and DC Universe Online ranked within the top ten last year."

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Modern Warfare 3 Cover Art Revealed?

Surprise! Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was the best-selling game of 2011 according to the NPD Analysis. What is interesting however is the fact that Just Dance 3 claimed the number two spot, followed by a bunch of pretty hardcore titles. Sometimes people just need to dance. I get it.

I know all you want is to see the top ten list from 2011 and since I'm nice I'll show it to you. Here's the annual 2011 top 10 games from the NPD Group. Remember that these numbers represent physical retail only  across all platforms, including PC.

1.) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC) Activision Blizzard
2.) Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360, PS3) Ubisoft
3.) Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim (360, PS3, PC) Bethesda Softworks
4.) Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC) Electronic Arts
5.) Madden NFL 12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2) Electronic Arts
6.) Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PC) Activision Blizzard
7.) Batman: Arkham City (360, PS3, PC) Warner Bros. Interactive
8.) Gears of War 3 (360) Microsoft
9.) Just Dance 2 (Wii)  Ubisoft
10.) Assassin's Creed: Revelations (360, PS3, PC) Ubisoft

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Microsoft's Xbox 360 Becomes The Best-Selling Console Of 2011

Microsoft's Xbox 360 came out on top of the console war last year to become the best-selling platform of 2011. The console itself has been the best-selling console for 12 straight months in a row. According to the NPD Analysis group, the Xbox 360 captured 49% of consumer retail spending, accounting for $6.7 billion ($2.1 billion on consoles and $4.6 billion on games and accessories) in sales in the U.S. Microsoft's success comes down to more than 66 million Xbox 360 consoles sold and more than 18 million Kinect sensors sold, not to mention the fact that Xbox Live now has almost 40 million members.

What's really surprising about the NPD Analysis isn't that the Xbox came out on top, but that the Wii and PS3 were apparently "neck and neck" in second place for the year. Sony's PlayStation 3 did increase its unit sales year over year, but all of the other platforms declined in unit sales versus 2010.

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Console Wars: Developers Already Working On Next Gen Xbox and PlayStation Consoles -- Will They Come Out In 2012?

According to the NPD Analysis group, video game sales in 2011 were down 2% compared to 2010. The total amount consumers spent on gaming content, via all monetization methods, including new physical video and PC games, used games, game rentals, subscriptions, digital full-game downloads, social network games, downloadable content, and mobile games, is between $16.3 to $16.6 billion.

Based on their data, physical content still accounts for most of the money spent on games. "U.S. retail sales of new physical video game content, which includes portable, console and PC game software, generated revenues of $9.3 billion." Yet even though this is a massive figure, it's still an 8% decline over the $10.1 billion generated in 2010, according to NPD.

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Console Wars: Developers Already Working On Next Gen Xbox and PlayStation Consoles -- Will They Come Out In 2012?

According to industry analysts at the NPD Group, the Xbox 360 topped the video game hardware sales charts in the all important holiday shopping month of November. The Xbox 360 sold 1.7 million units in the month. Overall, the industry's performance in terms of hardware sales was good in November, matching last year's sales numbers for the same time period. This is a pretty big accomplishment, when you consider that all three main consoles are nearing the end of their lifespan.

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