Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver emerged the winners in NPD's North American game sales figures for March, beating off strong competition from Final Fantasy XIII, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and God of War III.
The two DS releases racked up a total of 1.78 million sales to FFXIII's 1.32m and Battlefield: Bad Company 2's 1.28m.
But the biggest single-format, single-version seller was actually PS3 exclusive God of War III, topping the chart with 1.1m sales. Pokemon SoulSilver took the number two spot with 1.02 million boxes shifted.
Final Fantasy XIII sold considerably better on PS3, racking up 828,200 sales to the Xbox 360 version's 493,900, a difference of 67%. The positions were almost exactly reversed with EA's shooter, however: Bad Company 2 sold 825,500 on 360 and 451,200 on PS3.
Pokemon, along with the launch of the DSi XL, pushed the DS even further out front in the hardware stakes. The handheld kept the top spot of the charts by selling 700,800 machines, with Wii surging to 557,500 to complete a Nintendo one-two.
360 led PS3 narrowly by 338,400 sales to 313,900, while PSP only just managed to outsell the ten-year-old PlayStation 2.
Here's the full software top ten:
- 1. God of War III (PS3) - 1.1m
- 2. Pokemon SoulSilver (DS) - 1.02m
- 3. Final Fantasy XIII (PS3) - 828,200
- 4. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (360) – 825,500
- 5. Pokemon HeartGold (DS) - 761,200
- 6. Final Fantasy XIII (360) - 493,900
- 7. New Super Mario Bros. Wii - 457,400
- 8. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (PS3) - 451,200
- 9. Wii Fit Plus (Wii) - 429,600
- 10. MLB 10: The Show (PS3) - 349,200
And the hardware standings:
- 1. Nintendo DS - 700,800
- 2. Nintendo Wii - 557,500
- 3. Xbox 360 - 338,400
- 4. PlayStation 3 - 313,900
- 5. PlayStation Portable - 119,900
- 6. PlayStation 2 - 118,300