Thursday, November 12, 2009

October 2009 NPD Results

It's time once again for NPD Day. It's the second month of the PS3 price cut and the first full month of the Wii's price cut. Let's see if anything interesting happened this month sales-wise.

Data care of NPD Group
Reporting Period: 10/4 - 10/31/09

PlayStation 2 117.8K
PlayStation 3 320.6K
PSP 174.6K
Xbox 360 249.7K
Wii 506.9K
Nintendo DS 457.6K

UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES (PS3; Oct-09) 537,000
WII FIT PLUS* (WII; Oct-09) 441,000
BORDERLANDS (360; Oct-09) 418,000
WII SPORTS RESORT* (WII; Jul-09) 314,000
NBA 2K10* (360; Oct-09) 311,000
HALO 3: ODST (360; Sep-09) 271,000
NBA 2K10* (PS3; Oct-09) 213,000
FORZA MOTORSPORT 3 (360; Oct-09) 175,000
KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 DAYS (NDS; Sep-09) 169,000
FIFA SOCCER 10 (360; Oct-09) 156,000

(*includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)

Happy days for the Wii and Uncharted 2! Both move more than a half million units each. It seems the price cut really came into effect this month with the Wii reigning as hardware king once more. Sad days for PSP however, and unfortunately so since there's plenty of superb software coming out in the coming weeks and in the past. Wii Fit Plus debuts in second place, and will most likely be surpassed by Modern Warfare 2 in November.

Meanwhile, the 360 version of Borderlands proves once again that Michael Pachter is an idiot with the game selling close to 500,000 units. At the latter half of the top ten there's soccer, basketball, rally racing, Kingdom Hearts, and Halo which has slipped a bunch from its previous month-- as expected. These titles much like the upcoming Modern Warfare 2 are known to be severely front-loaded. Will Modern Warfare 2 push the 360 and PS3 past the Wii next month? How will New Super Mario Bros. Wii perform? We'll find out in December!

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