March 2009 NPD Results

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  • Psychotext 16 Apr 2009 23:33:17 53,915 posts
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    NPD US 03/2009 - Hardware Sales (Year on year change)
    Wii - 601K (-16.6%)
    NDS - 563K (-19.3%)
    360 - 330K (+26.0%)
    PS3 - 218K (-15.2%)
    PSP - 168K (-43.4%)
    PS2 - 112K (-48.2%)

    Everything down compared to Feb (based on weekly sales)... by a third in most cases.

    NPD US 03/2009 - Software Sales
    01: RE5 - 360 - 938K
    02: Pokemon Platinum - NDS - 805K
    03: Halo Wars - 360 - 639K
    04: RE5 - PS3 - 585K
    05: Wii Fit - Wii - 541K
    06: MLB '09 - PS3 - 305K
    07: Killzone 2 - PS3 - 296K
    08: Wii Play - Wii - 281K
    09: Mario Kart - Wii - 278K
    10: MLB 2K9 - 360 - 205K

    Good sales for the top three. Killzone 2 sells 620k over its first 5 weeks... so technically Halo Wars has outsold it already. :o
  • Whizzo 16 Apr 2009 23:37:56 43,057 posts
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    That RE5 sales difference is going to get a lot of attention I predict.

    The Wii juggernaught keeps on rolling too.

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  • Tomo 16 Apr 2009 23:39:49 13,886 posts
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    Figures for GTA:CW out?
  • Gaol 16 Apr 2009 23:47:14 2,263 posts
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    The RE5 sales difference is pretty predictable given the hardware sold to date in the US, it's a pretty good showing on both formats. Capcom know their release windows, DMC4 was similarly well timed.
  • Feanor 16 Apr 2009 23:51:11 14,120 posts
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    All the crap about how RE 5 would have disappointing sales due to its "awful" controls looks pretty silly now.
  • Feanor 16 Apr 2009 23:52:28 14,120 posts
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    Tomo wrote:
    Figures for GTA:CW out?

    Less than 205,000, so not great.
  • Deleted user 16 April 2009 23:53:03
    So, shite RE game sells well :(
  • Psychotext 16 Apr 2009 23:53:44 53,915 posts
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    To put Killzone 2 sales in perspective (probably don't make a lot of sense on their own):

    360 Sales
    Gears 1 - 1.00m in 3 weeks to ~3.4m 360s
    Bioshock - 0.49m in 10 days (0.64m over 40 days) to ~6.1m 360s.
    COD4 - 1.57m in 4 weeks to ~7.8m 360s.

    PS3 Sales
    COD4 - 0.44m in 4 weeks to ~2.4m PS3s.
    GTAIV - 1.0m in 5 days to ~4.2m PS3s.
    MGS4 - 0.74m in 3 weeks to ~4.8m PS3s.
    CODW@W - 0.60m in 2 weeks to ~6.1m PS3s.
    Killzone 2 - 0.62m in 5 weeks to ~7.2m PS3s
  • Xerx3s 16 Apr 2009 23:59:32 23,944 posts
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    RE5 may not be an ultra classic but it's anything but shite. Apart from the hypocrite racism in it.

    It's good to see halo wars sell so well, it's an awesome game. Hopefully it will get some more stuff. So, out of curiosity after all the hype, what's the figure for KZ2 to date?
    And wasn't some pr muppet bragging the other day that ps3 games sell close or better? How does RE5 fit into that?

  • Psychotext 17 Apr 2009 00:00:52 53,915 posts
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    The LTD figure for KZ2 is in my last post. 620k (or near as makes no difference) in the US.
  • Deleted user 17 April 2009 00:00:57
    Nah, its dull and shite, like all the other shooters.
  • Xerx3s 17 Apr 2009 00:02:24 23,944 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    To put Killzone 2 sales in perspective (probably don't make a lot of sense on their own):

    360 Sales
    Gears 1 - 1.00m in 3 weeks to ~3.4m 360s
    Bioshock - 0.49m in 10 days (0.64m over 40 days) to ~6.1m 360s.
    COD4 - 1.57m in 4 weeks to ~7.8m 360s.

    PS3 Sales
    COD4 - 0.44m in 4 weeks to ~2.4m PS3s.
    GTAIV - 1.0m in 5 days to ~4.2m PS3s.
    MGS4 - 0.74m in 3 weeks to ~4.8m PS3s.
    CODW@W - 0.60m in 2 weeks to ~6.1m PS3s.
    Killzone 2 - 0.62m in 5 weeks to ~7.2m PS3s

    Really. So what happened to that fabled 4 million preorders I heard some talking about?
  • Deleted user 17 April 2009 00:04:11
    Psychotext wrote:
    To put Killzone 2 sales in perspective (probably don't make a lot of sense on their own):

    360 Sales
    Gears 1 - 1.00m in 3 weeks to ~3.4m 360s
    Bioshock - 0.49m in 10 days (0.64m over 40 days) to ~6.1m 360s.
    COD4 - 1.57m in 4 weeks to ~7.8m 360s.

    PS3 Sales
    COD4 - 0.44m in 4 weeks to ~2.4m PS3s.
    GTAIV - 1.0m in 5 days to ~4.2m PS3s.
    MGS4 - 0.74m in 3 weeks to ~4.8m PS3s.
    CODW@W - 0.60m in 2 weeks to ~6.1m PS3s.
    Killzone 2 - 0.62m in 5 weeks to ~7.2m PS3s
    Could you compare that to big sellers that don't involve shooting, out of interest?
  • Xerx3s 17 Apr 2009 00:04:42 23,944 posts
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    CrispyXUK wrote:
    Nah, its dull and shite, like all the other shooters.

    Well, I'm rather enjoying it atm. Apart from some very shite gameplay flaws that are baked into every Japanese game by default it seems. It's like more of RE4 for whatever that's worth.
  • Psychotext 17 Apr 2009 00:04:43 53,915 posts
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    disc wrote:
    Xerx3s: Relative to the install-base.
    Which is such a mind numbingly stupid thing to say for numerous reasons.

    (The PR guy, not you disc ;)
  • Psychotext 17 Apr 2009 00:05:10 53,915 posts
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    CrispyXUK wrote:
    Could you compare that to big sellers that don't involve shooting, out of interest?
    That would be tough... most of them never charted.
  • Xerx3s 17 Apr 2009 00:06:09 23,944 posts
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    disc wrote:
    Xerx3s: The 1 million preorders was in Europe.

    Ah. I seem to remember a few big numbers going around a couple of months back.
  • Deleted user 17 April 2009 00:06:59
    Xerx3s wrote:
    CrispyXUK wrote:
    Nah, its dull and shite, like all the other shooters.

    Well, I'm rather enjoying it atm. Apart from some very shite gameplay flaws that are baked into every Japanese game by default it seems. It's like more of RE4 for whatever that's worth.
    I hated it up till the good section, which lasted all of 40 minutes, then it goes back to the more hateful western style game it was it the beginning.
  • Psychotext 17 Apr 2009 00:07:18 53,915 posts
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    Xerx3s wrote:
    disc wrote:
    Xerx3s: The 1 million preorders was in Europe.

    Ah. I seem to remember a few big numbers going around a couple of months back.
    There was some complete shite about gamestop and amazon having 1m pre-orders each in the US...

    ...but lets be fair, it was obviously bollocks at the time.
  • Xerx3s 17 Apr 2009 00:07:35 23,944 posts
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    disc wrote:
    Xerx3s: Relative to the install-base.

    Isn't the ps3 install base almost as big as the 360 install base these days? Both hovering around 30 million right?
  • Deleted user 17 April 2009 00:08:12
    Psychotext wrote:
    CrispyXUK wrote:
    Could you compare that to big sellers that don't involve shooting, out of interest?
    That would be tough... most of them never charted.
    Really? I mean, obviously sans sports, is gaming doomed to a life of shooting and the odd carnival game for a tenner?
  • Xerx3s 17 Apr 2009 00:12:09 23,944 posts
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    CrispyXUK wrote:
    Xerx3s wrote:
    CrispyXUK wrote:
    Nah, its dull and shite, like all the other shooters.

    Well, I'm rather enjoying it atm. Apart from some very shite gameplay flaws that are baked into every Japanese game by default it seems. It's like more of RE4 for whatever that's worth.
    I hated it up till the good section, which lasted all of 40 minutes, then it goes back to the more hateful western style game it was it the beginning.

    Heh, completely opposite sentiment here. The only thing I really dislike is the shite Japanese gameplay choices that the west left to die back in the 80's.

    Well that and the fact that the game is sometimes really unfair (shite AI, control bugs, shitty controls, serious resource balancing issues, etc.). But then it's a non western game so you just take that on top of it I suppose.

    This and SH is actually one of the few games that I'm still arsed enough about to look beyond that. Haven't picked up SH5 yet though.

  • Xerx3s 17 Apr 2009 00:13:00 23,944 posts
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    disc wrote:
    Xerx3s wrote:
    disc wrote:
    Xerx3s: Relative to the install-base.

    Isn't the ps3 install base almost as big as the 360 install base these days? Both hovering around 30 million right?

    Not really. The 360 is probably at 30+ and the PS3 at 22-24. But NPD figures are for the US only.

    So sales kind of corresponds to that.

    hmmmz.
  • Psychotext 17 Apr 2009 00:13:22 53,915 posts
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    disc wrote:
    Well (even though I absolutely cannot stand the Koller guy, just as the SCEA marketing drone before him) it does add up,
    I don't think I was clear enough.

    In terms of scaling it never works... If there was a linear relationship between AAA games sales and console install base then last gen some of the PS2 big guns would have sold upwards of 50m. But obviously it doesn't work like that. As your userbase increases in size then the demographics and preferences of the userbase changes accordingly. (Not to mention the number of games they buy)
  • Deleted user 17 April 2009 00:14:45
    Silent Hunter?

    RE5 is poo with nice graphics, it's dull a to b shit, kill everyting on the way. I almost hate it.

    U8 boss was great though.
  • Deleted user 17 April 2009 00:18:14
    So they can afford more games right? :p
  • Deleted user 17 April 2009 00:18:20
    disc wrote:
    Psychotext wrote:
    disc wrote:
    Well (even though I absolutely cannot stand the Koller guy, just as the SCEA marketing drone before him) it does add up,
    I don't think I was clear enough.

    In terms of scaling it never works... If there was a linear relationship between AAA games sales and console install base then last gen some of the PS2 big guns would have sold upwards of 50m. But obviously it doesn't work like that. As your userbase increases in size then the demographics and preferences of the userbase changes accordingly. (Not to mention the number of games they buy)

    Yes absolutely the userbase changes, but currently as has been shown in studies the PS3 age group is higher than for the other consoles.
    Blu-rays for the most part, I'd imagine.
  • Deleted user 17 April 2009 00:19:16
    boabg wrote:
    So they can afford more games right? :p
    Doesn't mean they'll want 'em though
  • Deleted user 17 April 2009 00:20:58
    True.
  • BartonFink 17 Apr 2009 00:22:15 34,851 posts
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    Xerx3s wrote:
    disc wrote:
    Xerx3s: Relative to the install-base.

    Isn't the ps3 install base almost as big as the 360 install base these days? Both hovering around 30 million right?
    Thought the difference was somewhere around the 7-8 million mark.
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