It's another month at NPD, so it's time for them to unveil what systems and games broke through to the other side of the sales wall with January's NPD results. Without further ado, here they are with bonus commentary by yours truly.
Data care of NPD Group
Reporting Period: 1/3/2010 through 1/30/2010
PlayStation 2 41.6K
PlayStation 3 276.9K
Xbox 360 332.8K
Nintendo DS 422.2K
NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII WII NINTENDO OF AMERICA Nov-09 656.7K
MASS EFFECT 2* 360 ELECTRONIC ARTS Jan-10 572.1K
WII FIT PLUS W/ BALANCE BOARD* WII NINTENDO OF AMERICA Oct-09 555.7K
CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2* 360 ACTIVISION BLIZZARD Nov-09 326.7K
MARIO KART W/ WHEEL WII NINTENDO OF AMERICA Apr-08 310.9K
WII SPORTS RESORT W/ WII MOTION PLUS* WII NINTENDO OF AMERICA Jul-09 297.6K
CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2* PS3 ACTIVISION BLIZZARD Nov-09 259.0K
ARMY OF TWO: THE 40TH DAY 360 ELECTRONIC ARTS Jan-10 246.5K
JUST DANCE WII UBISOFT Nov-09 191.9K
DARKSIDERS 360 THQ Jan-10 171.2k
(*includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)
Mass Effect 2 debuts solidly, and you can probably add one sale for the 360 next month due to the fact that ours died... Regardless, New Super Mario Bros. Wii impressively comes out as software king this past January. Could Reggie Fils-Amie's prediction of NSMB Wii outselling Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 come to fruition? Looks that way to me. Meanwhile old favorites such as Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus, and Mario Kart Wii lay siege to the top ten. Newcomers such as the excellent Darksiders, Army of Two: The 40th Day, and Just Dance make up the last part of the top ten.
On the system side of things, it looks like the PlayStation 2 is almost set for retirement after ten magnificent years. The Wii and DS once again are on top this month (yawn) while the 360 and PS3 do some mighty fine sales, too. A pretty boring month actually, but after the month that was December-- aka salesmageddon-- that is to be expected.