Thursday, April 14, 2011

March 2011 NPD Results

It's the middle of the month, so it's time for NPD to roll out which games and platforms reigned supreme. This time it's March 2011, a normally quiet month, that we check out, and check out we will!

5-week tracking month; Reporting Period 2/27/11 through 4/2/11

Software (New Physical Retail only)
2.5 Million combined White + Black
01. Pokemon White Version (NDS) Nintendo - 1.3 Million
02. Pokemon Black Version (NDS) Nintendo - 1.1 Million
03. Homefront (360, PS3, PC) THQ
04. Dragon Age II (360, PS3, PC)** Electronic Arts
05. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, NDS, Wii, PC)** Activision Blizzard
06.Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC) LucasArts
07. Crysis 2 (360, PS3, PC) Electronic Arts
08. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, PS2, Wii, PSP, PC) Take 2 Interactive
09. MLB 11: The Show (PS3, PSP, PS2) Sony
10. Fight Night Champion (360, PS3) Electronic Arts

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

Nintendo DS - 460k
Xbox 360 - 433,000
Nintendo 3DS - Slightly Under 400,000
Wii - 290k

I doubt we'll get PS3 or PSP numbers any time soon. Pokemon tops the charts this month in impressive fashion with 2.5 million copies sold across both titles. Hardware-wise, the Nintendo DS takes the crown for most hardware sold thanks primarily to the hardware bundles of Pokemon Black and White. The Xbox 360, in part in thanks to the wildly-popular Kinect accessory, is the console king in March. Meanwhile, with but a handful of days of tracking and much more competition in the way of the iPad and iPhone, the new Nintendo 3DS managed to pull off sales slightly under 400,000. Not bad for a doomed system. That last sentence was sarcasm, by the by. Overall, a successful month for the industry.

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