The PS3 outsold the Wii and the Xbox 360 in September, says NPD.
Yep, it's official. Gaming news is dead. This is my second article in two weeks referencing NPD numbers, proving only one thing: sales do matter these days. While sales figures don't tend to make for interesting news, we - the gamers - have been deduced to number crunches ourselves, primarily concerned with which system is moving more units. That's right folks; we're deglorified accounts in masquarade.
Anyways, the NPD numbers for September showed almost a literal flatline in terms of growth. We're talking an increase of only $10 million in sales from last year, a small growth by any and all accounts. Deglorified accounting at its best, for sure.
The most staggering fact involving this menial growth lies in the fact that the PS3 has officially outsold the Wii and the Xbox 360 in September; in fact the PS3 sold more units in September 2009 than it has since its launch month. Most of this growth is to be attributed to the release of the new 120GB Slim model launched at the reasonable $299 price point, priced to compete with Microsoft's Xbox 360 Elite, also retailing at $299. So does this mean that Sony finally hit the sweet spot? Well it certainly means Sony found a price where it competes with the Xbox 360, its biggest and only competitor amongst the core gaming market (sorry Wii fanboys; it's true). Does this mean that Sony has officially found a price point where it can even compete with the Wii, which was still priced at $250 during the month of September? Well, the verdict is still out; we'll have to wait for the October figures, which will factor in the Wii's dramatic $50 price slash, before we can say for sure. Being a $299 Blu-Ray player/console-in-one certainly does make it a value this generation if there is one to be found.
The Wii, however - even in the month of September at the $250 price point - was only 29,000 units shy of the PS3, rendering it 100% possible that the $50 price reduction will allow Nintendo to make up those 29,000 units in October, assuming Sony doesn't gain even more momentum in the following months leading up to the holiday season.
So there you have it. We at Gouki are glad to be deglorified accountants, even if it does mean running around masquarading as gaming reporters.
(On a totally personal note, I would like to inform the fine readers of Gouki that I personally obtained my PS3 Slim 120GB model Saturday, October 17th. I'm enjoying it loads, and I'd suggest anyone interested in the PS3 check it out at this more-than-reasonable $299 price point.)
The NPD released the top 10 selling games of 2009. Take a look...
Here's the list, only through November's numbers, so Modern Warfare only had a couple of weeks on the shelves. Amazing.
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360) -- 4,200,000
- Wii Fit w/ balance board (Wii) -- 3,500,000
- Wii Sports Resort w/ MotionPlus (Wii) -- 2,400,000
- Mario Kart Wii w/ wheel (Wii) -- 2,200,000
- Wii Play w/ remote (Wii) -- 2,100,000
- Halo 3: ODST (Xbox 360) -- 2,000,000
- Pokemon Platinum (DS) -- 1,900,000
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3)-- 1,900,000
- Madden NFL 10 (Xbox 360) -- 1,500,000
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) -- 1,400,000
Interesting that, except for New Super Mario Bros. Wii at #10, all the Wii games came with hardware of some sort.
Modern Warfare on the 360 outsold the PS3 version more than 2 to 1.
Oh, and who is still buying Pokemon games? Didn't that die out like 10 years ago?
Don't be a Jimmy!
God of War III, Pokemon and Final Fantasy take the top spots.
- GOD OF WAR III PS3 SONY 1.10M
- POKEMON SOULSILVER VERSION NDS NINTENDO OF AMERICA 1.02M
- FINAL FANTASY XIII PS3 SQUARE ENIX 828.2K
- BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 360 ELECTRONIC ARTS 825.5K
- POKEMON HEARTGOLD VERSION NDS NINTENDO OF AMERICA 761.2K
- FINAL FANTASY XIII 360 SQUARE ENIX 493.9K
- NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII WII NINTENDO OF AMERICA Nov-09 457.4K
- BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 PS3 ELECTRONIC ARTS 451.2K
- WII FIT PLUS W/ BALANCE BOARD WII NINTENDO OF AMERICA Oct-09 429.6K
- MLB 10: THE SHOW PS3 SONY 349.2K
Who is still buying Pokemon? Jesus.
The Wii dominates hardware, and the XBox 360 dominates software. Where is Brutal Legend?
Here are the numbers for October 2009
- Wii – 506,900
- DS – 457,600
- PS3 – 320,600
- Xbox 360 – 249,700
- PSP – 174,600
- PS2 – 117,800
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - Sony (PlayStation 3) - 537,000
- Wii Fit Plus - Nintendo (Wii) - 441,000
- Borderlands - Take-Two (Xbox 360) - 418,000
Wii Sports Resort - Nintendo (Wii) - 314,000
- NBA 2K10 - Take-Two (Xbox 360) - 311,000
- Halo 3: ODST - Microsoft (Xbox 360) - 271,000
- NBA 2K10 - Take-Two (PlayStation 3) - 213,000
- Forza Motorsport 3 - Microsoft (Xbox 360) - 175,000
- Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days - Square Enix (Nintendo DS) - 169,000
- FIFA Soccer 10 - Electronic Arts (Xbox 360) - 156,000
Some things to notice:
- Brutal Legend did not make the top 10
- NBA 2K10 was the only multiplatform game to make the list twice (once for the 360 and once for the PS3).
- Halo 3: ODST showed continuing strong sales to stay on the list despite being released in September.
- Borderlands for the Xbox 360 showed surprisingly strong sales to take the number 3 slot.
- Uncharted 2 gets commercial success to go with its critical success and probably moved more than a few PS3 hardware sales.
- The XBox 360 continues to sell more software than the competition, but hardware sales have slowed compared to the PS3 and Wii. Has the 360 reached saturation at its current price point already? I'm sure we won't see another price cut this year with the holidays so close, but it seems to be only a matter of time.
- I can't believe how many people are still buying a PS2.
Next month we will get to see MW2 in the list. I'm Oscar Mike!
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