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

It's time for NPD hardware numbers! After a pretty significant slide in March, April saw a more drastic downturn for most systems. Let's take a look at the numbers and do some dissecting.

  • Nintendo DS - 1,040,000
  • Nintendo Wii - 340,000
  • Xbox 360 - 175,000
  • PlayStation 2 - 172,000
  • PlayStation 3 - 127,000
  • PlayStation Portable - 116,000

Let's stick to the positives first. Nintendo had remarkable success with its various DS consoles. The launch of the DSi combined with the unstoppable power of Pokemon made it an excellent month for Nintendo's handheld systems. I expected the DSi to make a splash, but I'm totally surprised by these results. I didn't think it would do that well. Color me surprised (it's an orange-blue tint).

Sony's PlayStation 2 price cut was effective, much to the chagrin of the numerous doubters reading TheFeed (told you so). The system sold 60,000 more units than in the previous month and it can all be chalked up to the price cut.

Now the bad news starts.

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Resident Evil 5

I can't believe my eyes! Is that Wii Fit... all the way down at #5?! That amazing, but what titans of interactive technology were able to drop Wii Fit four spots?! Remember, these numbers only apply to the US.

  1. Resident Evil 5 (X360) - 938,000
  2. Pokemon Platinum (DS) - 805,000
  3. Halo Wars (X360) - 639,000
  4. Resident Evil 5 (PS3) - 585,000
  5. Wii Fit (Wii) - 541,000

Resident Evil 5 is the clear winner, selling 1.52 million copies across the Xbox 360 and PS3. The Xbox 360 version also moved a significant chunk more than the PS3, but I'm sure Sony would argue that a greater percentage of PS3 owners picked up the PS3 version versus Xbox 360 owners. Sony should ask Capcom which number they are happier about...

At number 2, Pokemon Platinum proves that, apparently, all have not been caught. 805,000 gamers picked up the upgraded version of Diamond and Pearl. Raymond tells me there are tons of new features and it's a totally new game, though.

Surprisingly, Halo Wars hits #3, but it's unclear how many of those sales were Halo 3 addicts picking up the Collector's Edition for early access to the "Mythic Map Pack" (or how many of them thought it was a new Halo FPS). If you were wondering what a franchise with clout looks like...

Click through for the rest of the list and more analysis.

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Not only is it Vader time, it's also NPD time!!! That's right ladies and gentlemen, NPD Group has released its latest numbers on American console sales. Let's take a look at the numbers and do some deconstructing.

  • Nintendo Wii - 601,000
  • Nintendo DS - 563,000
  • Xbox 360 - 330,000
  • PlayStation 3 - 218,000
  • PlayStation Portable - 168,000
  • PlayStation 2 - 112,000

Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony all sold less hardware than the previous month.  With one exception, the numbers for all systems were way down from February, with double-digit decreases ranging from 15 to 21 percent. Out of the current-generation home-consoles, PlayStation 3 and Wii had the biggest drops, with 21 and 20 percent, respectively. Xbox 360 saw a 16-percent decrease, but Microsoft can take solace in the fact that in terms of year-over-year performance, only the 360 showed gains from March 2008. This should also make Xbox 360 fans that revel in Microsoft's numbers (a concept I'm still struggling with...how does a company's sales performance make your gaming experience any better?!?) quite happy.

Only the Nintendo DS saw a single-digit decrease from February, with a four-percent drop. I'm going to chalk this up to the complete awesomeness of Pokemon Platinum and some retailers having fire sales to make way for the DSi.

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Analysis: February Video Game Sales: 'Wii Fit' Holds Top Spot

It's that glorious time again. The time when we take a look at software sales for the previous month. The NPD Group has released the numbers today and let's get it going:

Wii Fit managed to hold on to its number one spot, but dropped in copies sold. Selling 777,000 in January, it fell to 644,000 in February. The big winner is Capcom's Street Fighter IV, which claimed the number two and three spots for the Xbox 360 (446,000 copies) and PS3 (403,000) respectively for a total of 849,000. It's also one of the smallest margins between the Xbox and PS3 versions of a multiplatform game I recall seeing.

Will the software sales mirror the hardware sales reported by Raymond?

The top 3:

  1. Wii Fit (Wii) - 644,000
  2. Street Fighter IV (360) - 446,000
  3. Street Fighter IV (PS3) - 403,000

You'll have to hit the jump for the rest of the list... I wonder where Killzone 2 ranked...

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It's that time again, boys and girls -- time for NPD Group's hardware sales figures! Here's how February 2009 went down according to the company:

  • Nintendo Wii - 753,000
  • Nintendo DS - 588,000
  • Xbox 360 - 391,000
  • PlayStation 3 - 276,000
  • PlayStation Portable - 199,000
  • PlayStation 2 - 131,000

Everybody is up from January, which isn't a big surprise. On the Nintendo front, I'm still waiting for this slowdown that analysts keep expecting. In North America, I don't see any sign of it. The company's numbers are still preposterous. I'm curious to see what happens in April, when theDSi launches. If the Japanese sales are any indication, Nintendo's upcoming handheld will perform well.

Once again, Microsoft's Xbox 360 has outsold Sony's PlayStation 3, furthering its lead in the territory. March will be an interesting month for comparison. Although Killzone 2 received a ton of hype and great reviews, I don't think it's a system seller. Maybe I'm wrong, but I see the sales gap being about the same when the March numbers are tallied.

Overall, NPD Group claims that overall video-game sales are up 11 percent from February 2008. That's amazing considering The Great Recession. For analysis of February 2009 software sales, be sure to check out Brian's report.

What are your thoughts on February 2009's console figures? Any surprises? Any predictions for next month?

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The January 2009 North American hardware numbers are in from NPD Group. Check 'em out!

  • Nintendo Wii - 679,000
  • Nintendo DS - 510,000
  • Xbox 360 - 309,000
  • PlayStation 3 - 203,000
  • PlayStation Portable - 172,000
  • PlayStation 2 - 101,000

As expected, Nintendo's Wii and DS systems led the list. The Xbox 360 continues to widen the gap with the PlayStation 3, though I was told from a source within Sony that it was pleased that the gap wasn't wider. The PlayStation portable did some decent numbers that helped bump its worldwide total to 50 million units sold. Considering that January isn't a big shopping month, the hardware numbers are strong. Nintendo is even touting its year-to-year performance with its two consoles.

Be sure to check out Brian's thoughts on NPD's January 2009 software sales figures.

Any thoughts on this month's hardware numbers? How do you think things will play out in February? Will Killzone 2 be a system seller? Will the God of War hype help Sony catch up? Shout it out in the comments section (please)!

Analysis: January NPD Game Sales

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Posted February 13, 2009 - By bleahy

With January 2009 done and gone, it's time to look at NPD sales data! Put your thinking caps on and ride along with me as I examine console software sales for January 2009.

Here are the top three games:

1. Wii Fit (Wii) - 777,000 

2. Wii Play (Wii) - 415,000

3. Mario Kart (Wii) - 292,000

The top three games show an easy first-party domination session by Nintendo. New Wii owners, apparently eager to drop some pounds and snag an extra Wiimote, continue to pour money into Big N's coffers. If you ever doubted that console sales turn into software sales, here's more evidence.

Be sure to also read Raymond's analysis of the NPD hardware sales data.

Hit the jump to check out the rest of the top ten and more analysis.

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To quote my favorite CEO that ever existed, "And one last thing...." You really didn't think I'd let you go for a weekend without giving you some interesting console-wars data to eat up, did you? Well here it is! Gamasutra has done a fine analysis of The NPD's 2008 console sales data. After busting out some awesome pie charts and breaking the information down, Gamasutra has concluded:

"The key observation here is that Microsoft's market share, both in dollars and in percentage, contracted marginally. While Sony's dollar share increased slightly, the total increase in the size of the industry actually resulted in a decrease in its percentage of the market.

All of that lost share, of course, has shifted to Nintendo's column, and the company now appears headed for a nearly 50 percent share of the market in terms of its own hardware and game sales, plus third parties selling merchandise for it."

It will be interesting to see how it all plays out in 2009. Will Nintendo take a dip since so many people already have DS and Wii systems? Or will the company continue to run wild (like Hulkamania) with those two consoles and the DSi? Will Sony start to close the gap in a significant way this year? Or will Microsoft take a bigger lead? As always, I want to know what you think!

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The December NPD numbers are out and it's time to look at the software sales figures and go crazy over them. You can also check out Raymond's story on the hardware numbers (spoiler alert: Nintendo had a record-breaking month).

With the recession, I was very interested in the December numbers. More importantly, how would the November releases hold up going into the end of 2008? Finally, would Sony manage to put an exclusive in the top 10?

If you recall back to November's numbers, Microsoft snagged #1 and #2 with Gears of War 2 and Call of Duty: World at War. What happened in December?

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Update: 5:53PM PST

The NPD Group has released its numbers, courtesy of Kotaku, for December 2008...and once again Nintendo has slaughtered the competition. The company sold 3.04-million Nintendo DS units in December, setting a new record for the number of consoles sold in one month. The previous record was held by Sony's PlayStation 2, which sold 2.7-million systems in December 2002. The Nintendo Wii sold 2.15-million units in December, bringing the company total to 5.19-million systems sold that month. Can you say, "Wow"?

Here's the full list of December sales figures, as well as further analysis:

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The November NPD numbers we've all been waiting for are out and the numbers are pretty staggering. Remember, these include Black Friday sales and are numbers for the United States only.

For hardware, Nintendo absolutely destroyed the competition selling:

  • Nintendo Wii: 2.04 Million
  • Nintendo DS: 1.57 Million

Under that was:

  • Microsoft Xbox 360: 836,000
  • Sony PSP: 421,000
  • Sony PlayStation 3: 378,000
  • Sony PlayStation 2: 206,000

Across all three of their platforms, Sony outsold the Xbox 360, but the direct competition between the PS3 and 360 resulted in a definite win for Microsoft. All of this pales in comparison to the Wii, which sold more units than the Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, and PS2... combined. The DS continues to print money for Nintendo.

Hit the break for the software numbers.

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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.

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