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Modern Warfare 3 Cover Art Revealed?

Unsurprisingly, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim topped the video game sales charts in November, according to the NPD analysis group. MW3, from Publisher Activision Blizzard, sold $775 million in its first five days on the market so it's not too surprising that they came in at the number one spot. Battlefield 3, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, and Just Dance 3 rounded out the top five.

According to the NPD Analysis group, “This November marks the best November on record for sales of new physical content.  November 2008 was previously the best November on record.” They went on to mention that, “In one month, Elder Scrolls 5:  Skyrim is just about half a million units shy of matching Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion in lifetime sales.  Its first month performance was a five-fold increase over Oblivion’s first month sales," and they attributed the high sales to "outstanding review scores" like the our own Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim review.

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Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 and the Nintendo 3DS (and the DS) led US hardware sales for the month of October according to the NPD. Microsoft's console saw a 20% growth from last October and 3DS/DS sales were up 25%. According to Microsoft they sold 393,000 units last month allowing them to continue their reign as the top console in US for 2011.  Nintendo and Sony have not released their specific console numbers for October at this time. Overall October was a good month for hardware sales. 

“On an average sales per week basis, October 2011 unit sales of 3DS, DS, PSP, Wii and Xbox 360 platforms all saw an increase over September 2011, which was a 5-week retail month (Oct'11 was a 4-week retail month).”

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Battlefield 3

Thanks to Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City and NBA 2K12, October was a good month for games. Video game sales last month were up 23% over October 2010 according to the NPD.  Battlefield 3 led those sales taking the number one spot. It sold just under 2 million physical copies. This number doesn't take downloads into consideration. Batman: Arkham City came in at number two with 1.5 million units sold across the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Keep reading to see a list of the top 10 games in October.

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Black Ops: First Strike DLC Review -- Is This Call of Duty Map Pack Worth It?

As part of a Ubisoft earnings report touting that Dance Central 2 sold over 5 million copies, it's was revealed that Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty: Black Ops is the real winner, selling almost 15 million units since its November 2010 release. According to a NPD analysis report from the 2010 holiday season, Black Ops sold over 12 million copies then, and has since gone on to sell almost 3 million more.

Here's the full list of the top-selling new retail titles in the U.S. from January 2010 through September 2011.

  1. Black Ops    Activision Blizzard    14,983,459
  2. Just Dance 2    Ubisoft    5,245,480
  3. Madden NFL 11    EA    5,195,251
  4. Halo: Reach    Microsoft    4,746,560
  5. New Super Mario Wii    Nintendo    4,231,423
  6. NBA 2K11    Take 2    4,202,926
  7. Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver    Nintendo    3,943,889
  8. Red Dead Redemption    Take 2    3,877,037
  9. Wii Fit Plus    Nintendo    3,577,800
  10. Pokemon Black/White    Nintendo    3,581,789
  11. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood    Ubisoft    3,141,187

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Dead Island

Research analysts at the NPD group just released their video game sales numbers for the month of September, and while sales overall across the industry were down 6 percent from last year, software sales for the month were up a bit from 2010's numbers, and showed strong sales for "core" games. In fact, with the exception of Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, and seasonal sports titles, the entire top ten is composed of deep, mature games like Gears of War 3, Deus Ex and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine. There's not a Just Dance or Zumba Fitness to be seen.

Perhaps the most interesting entry on the list is Dead Island. The open-world Action RPG is not a sequel or part of a franchise, and is from Deep Silver, a smaller publisher that probably isn't used to topping charts. I'm sure champagne bottles are being opened at the DS offices... I mean, as a break from working on Dead Island 2, a game I imagine is in frantic development.

The Top Ten games in September are under the "Read More" tag.

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The Console Wars: Rise of the Machines

The NPD results for the month of August are in. I'll spare you the charts but the gist of it was hardware sales are down at $628.9 million dollars; 21% less than this time last year. That's not to say console weren't sold.  Portable consoles did see a bump in sales compared to August 2010. The 3DS' drastic decrease in price can take credit for that.

The number one console for the month of August was the Xbox 360. Again. It holds 43% of the current-gen console market with 308,000 units sold last month.

Thanks to the PS3's price cut, the PS3 saw an "uptick" in sales. Now before you cry foul "why aren't you posting Sony's numbers?" It's because they didn't release them. They did however release a statement:

"Despite inventory constraints at retail during the first half of August, PS3 hardware sales were very strong the last two weeks of the month following the $50 price cut and the new inFAMOUS 2 bundle. The new PS3 price point, combined with PlayStation Move and the industry's strongest lineup of exclusive titles, including Uncharted 3 and Everybody Dance, positions us for an amazing holiday season."

We've also got a breakdown of the NPD Software Analysis for August. But now it's time to fess up. Who bought a new console last month?





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Deus Ex: Human Revolution

According to the NPD analysis firm, Deus Ex: Human Revolution was the top selling video game in August despite being in the market for just five days before the end of the August reporting period. The firm expects that Madden NFL 12 will take the top spot for September. Not only that, but they blame the bulk of losuy software sales in August on the fact that Madden was released in the September reporting period instead of August's this year.

NPD Analyst Anita Frazier also mentioned that sales of NCAA Football '12 were better this month which could be an "an indication of Madden fans looking to get their football fix elsewhere due to the delay in the release of that title.”


Here are the top ten selling games in August:

Software (New physical retail only, across all platforms including PC)

  1. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (360, PS3, PC)** Square Enix Inc
  2. NCAA Football 12 (360, PS3) Electronic Arts
  3. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, NDS, Wii, PC)** Activision Blizzard
  4. Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd (NDS, Wii, PS3) Disney Interactive Studios
  5. Cars 2 (NDS, Wii, 360, PS3, PC) Disney Interactive Studios
  6. Just Dance Summer Party (Wii) Ubisoft
  7. Just Dance 2 (Wii) Ubisoft
  8. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC) Disney Interactive Studios
  9. The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS) Nintendo
  10. Zumba Fitness: Join the Party (Wii, 360, PS3) Majesco

**(includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)

I think it's funny that Cars 2 is still in the top 10. What do you think of the NPD August 2011 results? Were you one of the people who picked up Deus Ex this month, or any of the other games?




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 Bad Month For Gaming: July NPD Sales Numbers Down 17 Percent

According to the NPD Group, July was a terrible month for software sales. Compared to last year, sales were down by 17 percent. This is the worst month for video game software since October of 2006.

As you may have noticed last month, there weren't all that many AAA games released. While the NPD group doesn't offer individual sales numbers for games, the top selling title of the month was NCAA Football 12, followed by Cars 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops... so that should tell you the kind of month it was in July.

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Is That An Xbox 360 Slim In Your Pocket...

The July NPD results are out and once again, and hardware sales overall were down 29 percent compared to last year. The Xbox 360 continues to lead the U.S. console market, becoming the top selling console for the fifth month in a row. The Xbox 360 currently holds 45% of the console market share, and sold 277,000 units in July.

In spite of outselling other consoles, it wasn't a banner month for the 360: "As for hardware, following months of huge momentum, Xbox 360 finally saw a year-over-year decline," said NPD analyst Anita Frazier. “This was the first month that the Xbox 360 saw a year-over-year decline since December 2009.  This is more of a reflection of robust sales last July, which was the biggest month for unit sales of the 360 in 2010 outside the holiday months (November and December). Last year’s sales of the 360 hardware platform were driven by the introduction of the Kinect-ready slim form factor SKU,” Frazier noted.

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LA Noire

Hot off the entirely imaginary presses comes the NPD sales charts for video games in the month of June. The winner, and still champion, Rockstar's LA Noire. It was the top cross-platform game in June, outselling much-waited-for shooter Duke Nukem Forever and Sony's InFamous 2, although it bears mentioning that InFamous 2 is console-specific to the PS3 where Duke Nukem Forever and LA Noire are multi-plat releases.

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Xbox 360

The NPD numbers are in and according to the marketing research firm, the Xbox 360 lead hardware sales in June, the sixth month in a row Microsoft's console has topped the charts. In June, Microsoft's console sold 507,000 units. Microsoft credits another month of strong sales to multiplatform games like LA Noire and Duke Nukem Forever, the number 1 and 2 selling games.

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Analysis: NPD April 2009 Console Sales - Nintendo DSi And Sony PlayStation 2 Flourish

Do you want to know how much you spent on video games in the first quarter of 2011? Of course you do! According to the NPD Group, as a collective, gamers dropped a total of $2.03 billion in the U.S. on "new physical video and PC game software" in the first quarter of 2011. 

The total consumers spend on content via other monetization methods, including used games, game rentals, subscriptions, digital full-game downloads, social network games, downloadable content, and mobile games, is estimated at $1.85 billion.

On the whole, this is a slight improvement on last year's sales. It's an increase of 1.5 percent.

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Xbox Live

The Xbox 360 sold almost twice as many online-capable games as the PlayStation 3 in 2010, and almost seven times as many as the Nintendo Wii according to some new research released by the NPD group. The graphs don't show exact numbers, but we can see that sales for all three consoles increased from 2006 to 2008. We can also conclude that the Wii sales took a dip from 2009 to 2010 while the Xbox and PS3 sales continued to enjoy an increase in sales.

According to the analysis retailers sold nearly four times as many Xbox 360 point cards than PS3 in 2010 as well. However, the data doesn't take digital currency sales that were purchased directly through the systems in to account, so the numbers might be a bit off. You can view the NPD graphs after the break.

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Farmville

Digital gamers are closing in core gamers, in terms of time spent gaming. The report comes from leading market research company The NPD Group. Digital gamers are mostly casual gamers who play games on social sites and on their phones. Core gamers are hardcore gamers who play on consoles and the PC. If you're a core gamer who is feeling threatened right now, you can be at ease knowing the hardcore are still on top with 18 hours of gaming per week. Digital gamers are catching up though, clocking in at 16 hours a week. That's a lot of harvesting.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Xbox 360

The May NPD hardware results are out and the Xbox 360 has topped the console charts for the fifth month in a row. According to NPD, the Xbox 360 sold 270,000 units in May and its sales were up 39% over last year. The PlayStation 3 sold 177,000 units and was up 15% over last year. Sales of the Nintendo 3DS were pretty light, but the NPD expects a jump in 3DS sales with the release of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D this week.

Overall the PlayStation 3, PSP, and Xbox 360 saw sales increases. What do you think of the results? Did you pick up a new console in May to play some of the triple A titles that hit? Let us know below.

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