The NPD Group, a market research firm that specializes in retail sales, has released its monthly sales chart for the video games industry. Since summers typically consist of slow sales months, nothing in the newly released data is too surprising. However, one can notice some continuing trends in the U.S. among the big-three.
- DS - 561,900
- Wii - 381,800
- PSP - 230,100
- Xbox 360 - 198,400
- Playstation 3 - 98,500
As always, Nintendo has dominated the hardware scene. The DS continues to double the sales of the Playstation Portable, even though the PSP sales are anything but disappointing. The Wii, while in very high demand, continues to sell all of its limited quantities- and greatly outselling both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 in the process. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has continued its average sales trend, neither selling surprising nor less than expected numbers of units: if Microsoft announces a price drop in the coming months, sales of their console will likely increase significantly. The PS3, on the other hand, is faced with sales doubled by those of the Xbox 360, and nearly quadrupled by those of the Wii. Keep in mind that Sony did announce a $100 price drop for the 60GB bundle this July, and therefore the listed numbers aren’t yet affected by the change.
Nintendo, in addition to its robust hardware figures, also dominates the NPD software charts (see below) with its first-party titles. Mario Party 8 and Wii Play both sold significant amounts, while Pokemon on the DS remains the handheld’s most successful title for the year. Forza Motorsport 2 for the Xbox 360 earned the #5 position, selling almost 200,000 units. Throughout the top 20 software titles for June, both the Wii and Xbox 360 have 6 top titles each, while the PS2 and Nintendo DS hold on to the remainder: not a single Playstation 3 title sold enough units to place within the top 20 titles. As for third-party sales, the 360 again dominated the market with 5 of its 6 titles being third party: 1 of the Wii’s top titles was created by a third party developer. This data is significant, as it increases third-party faith in a console.
Be sure to check back with ICGamers next month for July’s NPD charts and to observe the impact of the PS3 price drop.
1. Wii - Mario Party 8 — 426.k
2. Wii - Play w/ remote — 291.2k
3. NDS - Pokemon Diamond Version — 288.4k
4. NDS - Pokemon Pearl Version — 214.7k
5. 360 - Forza Motorsport 2 — 197.40k
6. PS2 - Guitar Hero 2 w/ Guitar — 197.35k
7. 360 - Guitar Hero 2 w/ guitar — 177.6k
8. Wii - Pokemon Battle — 157.9k
9. Wii - Resident Evil 4
10. 360 - The Darkness
11. PS2 - Naruto Ultimate Ninja 2
12. PS2 - Transformers: the Game
13. 360 - Tenchu z
14. NDS - New Super Mario Bros
15. PS2 - Tomb Raider: Anniversary
16. Wii - Super Paper Mario
17. 360 - Transformers: The Game
18. PS2 - MLB ‘07: The Show
19. Wii Big Brain Academy: Wii
20. 360- Dirt