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Video Game Sales Thread: time to be locked.

cloudeaglecloudeagle Registered User regular
edited May 2008 in Games and Technology
Welcome to the video game sales thread, where we discuss sales figures in the U.S., Europe and Japan and argue that the sales success/failure of *insert game or console here* is leading to the end of humanity as we know it. Also, wang references a-plenty.

March NPD sales:

Hardware Mar-08
PlayStation 2 216K
PlayStation 3 257K
PlayStation Portable 297K
Xbox 360 262K
Nintendo DS 698K
Wii 721K

Top-Selling VG Software - March 2008

Platform Title Publisher Release Date March Units
WII SUPER SMASH BROS: BRAWL NINTENDO OF AMERICA Mar-08 2.7M
360 *TOM CLANCY'S RAINBOW SIX: VEGAS 2 UBISOFT Mar-08 752.3K
360 ARMY OF TWO ELECTRONIC ARTS Mar-08 606.1K
WII PLAY W/ REMOTE NINTENDO OF AMERICA Feb-07 409.8K
PSP GOD OF WAR: CHAINS OF OLYMPUS SONY Mar-08 340.5K
PSP CRISIS CORE: FINAL FANTASY VII SQUARE ENIX INC Mar-08 301.6K
WII GUITAR HERO III: LEGENDS OF ROCK ACTIVISION Oct-07 264.1K
360 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2K8 TAKE 2 INTERACTIVE Mar-08 237.1K
360 *CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE ACTIVISION Nov-07 237K
PS3 ARMY OF TWO ELECTRONIC ARTS Mar-08 224.9K
toxk_02 wrote:
To put the Wii's performance in perspective, the best non-Nov/Dec month was 690k by the PS2 back in June '02, when it got a big boost from a $100 price drop. Since then no one's broken the 600k barrier in a non-holiday month (DS was closest at 593k last June). Console-wise the best non-holiday month was this past Sept. when the 360 hit 528k and Wii 501k.

Also Smash alone outsold all the non-Wii games on the chart.

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    slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I guess it's a "bloodbath" because the Wii just managed to obtain the highest selling numbers outside of the holidays ever, a record that has been held by the PS2 since.. what.. 2002?

    And not only that, but it destroyed the old record, which was what, something slightly over 600k? (edit: it was 690k)

    And the NDS doing 700k? Also wrecking that 600+ record?


    700k.

    In March.


    That's.


    Pretty insane.

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    galenbladegalenblade Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    What was the previous PS2 non-holiday record?

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    CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    The Wii is obviously a fad. A sixteen month long fad.
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    lowlylowlycooklowlylowlycook Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    slash000 wrote: »
    I guess it's a "bloodbath" because the Wii just managed to obtain the highest selling numbers outside of the holidays ever, a record that has been held by the PS2 since.. what.. 2002?

    And not only that, but it destroyed the old record, which was what, something slightly over 600k?

    And the NDS doing 700k? Also wrecking that 600+ record?


    700k.

    In March.

    While supply constrained.

    That's.


    Pretty insane.

    Uh, fixed that for you.

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    cloudeaglecloudeagle Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    slash000 wrote: »
    I guess it's a "bloodbath" because the Wii just managed to obtain the highest selling numbers outside of the holidays ever, a record that has been held by the PS2 since.. what.. 2002?

    And not only that, but it destroyed the old record, which was what, something slightly over 600k?

    And the NDS doing 700k? Also wrecking that 600+ record?


    700k.

    In March.


    That's.


    Pretty insane.

    During a recession. Geez.

    Let's see, the previous record was during a month in 2002 when the PS2 sold a bit over 600,000, wasn't it?

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    fragglefartfragglefart Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    DOOOOOMED

    There, I called it.

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    LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    What the fuck.

    April will have Mario Kart at its tail end plus residual Brawl sales. May will have motherfucking Wii Fit. And then the summer belongs to whatever Nintendo unveils at E3.

    D:

    And what came out for the DS in March? FF:CC:ROF:RTFM?

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    lowlylowlycooklowlylowlycook Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Here is that whole IGN article. You guys missed when I edited in the Brawl number:
    Wii and Brawl own the month.

    US, April 17, 2008 - In March, Nintendo again defined industry momentum in both home and portable video games sales, according to the independent NPD Group, which monitors retail activity in the video game industry. More than 720,000 Wii systems sold in March, representing the highest monthly sales total outside of holiday months (November or December) to date, while Nintendo DS™ also sold through nearly 700,000 systems.

    Nintendo also finished with the top-selling U.S. game of March. Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which launched March 9, came in at No. 1 with 2.7 million units sold.

    "Nintendo systems represented 58 percent of all video game hardware sold in March in the United States," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "We expect our momentum to continue with big upcoming game launches like Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, Mario Kart Wii and Wii Fit."

    Other March U.S. statistics, according to NPD, include:

    Three Wii games finished in the top 10, including Super Smash Bros. Brawl at No. 1, Wii Play™ at No. 4, and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock at No. 7. Nintendo DS has now sold more than 19 million units in the United States alone since it launched in

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    JihadJesusJihadJesus Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    IGN wrote:
    More than 720,000 Wii systems sold in March, representing the highest monthly sales total outside of holiday months (November or December) to date, while Nintendo DSâ„¢ also sold through nearly 700,000 systems.
    You know the scariest thing about that number? It's still under supply constraint.

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    CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Wikipedia says that Melee has sold 4 million in the USA as of last December. Brawl should be able to easily beat that.

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    cloudeaglecloudeagle Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Here is that whole IGN article. You guys missed when I edited in the Brawl number:
    Wii and Brawl own the month.

    US, April 17, 2008 - In March, Nintendo again defined industry momentum in both home and portable video games sales, according to the independent NPD Group, which monitors retail activity in the video game industry. More than 720,000 Wii systems sold in March, representing the highest monthly sales total outside of holiday months (November or December) to date, while Nintendo DSâ„¢ also sold through nearly 700,000 systems.

    Nintendo also finished with the top-selling U.S. game of March. Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which launched March 9, came in at No. 1 with 2.7 million units sold.

    "Nintendo systems represented 58 percent of all video game hardware sold in March in the United States," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "We expect our momentum to continue with big upcoming game launches like Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, Mario Kart Wii and Wii Fit."

    Other March U.S. statistics, according to NPD, include:

    Three Wii games finished in the top 10, including Super Smash Bros. Brawl at No. 1, Wii Playâ„¢ at No. 4, and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock at No. 7. Nintendo DS has now sold more than 19 million units in the United States alone since it launched in

    2.7 million? Jesus.

    Also, found the previous top-seller. It's in the OP.

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    GraviijaGraviija Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    titmouse wrote: »
    Wikipedia says that Melee has sold 4 million in the USA as of last December. Brawl should be able to easily beat that.
    By next month.

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    CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Graviija wrote: »
    titmouse wrote: »
    Wikipedia says that Melee has sold 4 million in the USA as of last December. Brawl should be able to easily beat that.
    By next month.

    And Brawl is one of those games that will sell for a long time... We might see a Brawl price drop by Wii3.

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    slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    The super obvious predictions from page ~50 or so in the last thread came true. Nintendo expected to sell 700k-ish and probably the NDS as well, dependent upon supply constraints, which there are.


    Heh.

    Good Lord. Nintendo .. man.. 720k Wiis over here.. gotta keep those shipments coming for Mario Kart Month and WiiFit month.

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    fragglefartfragglefart Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    How much do Nintendo usually manage across Japan and Europe per month?

    Just how much might Nintendo have shifted worldwide this March?

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    XagarathXagarath Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    This is becoming more one-sided all the time.

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    slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Just to put this into a little more perspective, here are the NPD numbers for November & December of 2007:


    ___________360____ | PS3___ |__ Wii___
    Nov/2007 | 770,000_ | 466,000 | 981,000
    Dec/2007 | 1,260,000 | 798,000 | 1,350,000


    In March of 2008, the Wii sold in the neighborhood of the 360's November numbers, and in the neighborhood of the PS3's December numbers.




    Also, this is supposed to be the month that Nintendo had been shipping more quantities of Wiis to Europe because of the recession. Imagine if they had prioritized the US.

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    CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    How much do Nintendo usually manage across Japan and Europe per month?

    Just how much might Nintendo have shifted worldwide this March?

    The last number we got on Wii production had them producing 1.8 million Wiis a month so about 1.8 million Wiis were sold worldwide this month unless there is a glut of them somewhere.

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    SirUltimosSirUltimos Don't talk, Rusty. Just paint. Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    That's just...fucking insane. I'm not sure if this record will ever be able to be topped... until Wii Fit comes out.

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    CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Some of the sales were due to Easter.

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    Xenogears of BoreXenogears of Bore Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Mr. P actually was right. I wonder if his 360/PS3 predictions came true as well.

    After talking to people in the know I thought his Wii numbers were right on and his DS numbers were close, if not a little high. Looks like he knocked it out of the park though.

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    slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Nintendo stated that they're prepared to ship at least 1 million Wiis to North America for the release of Wii Fit.


    So this record, this 720k, this is a record set up merely to be knocked down in the near future.

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    lowlylowlycooklowlylowlycook Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Heh, neogaf pointed out that IGN got those numbers from Nintendo. We'll have to wait for the official number for the other two since they are not so forthcoming for some reason.

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    RakaiRakai Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Wii sales are not that surprising since it's been supply constrained so they will sell how many they put on the shelves. The real question is how the heck did the DS sell 700k with no major releases or special editions.

    Nintendo made a comment a bit ago that the were "dealing with the shortages" or something to that nature so perhaps production has increased again?

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    fragglefartfragglefart Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    titmouse wrote: »
    How much do Nintendo usually manage across Japan and Europe per month?

    Just how much might Nintendo have shifted worldwide this March?

    The last number we got on Wii production had them producing 1.8 million Wiis a month so about 1.8 million Wiis were sold worldwide this month unless there is a glut of them somewhere.

    That is amazing. o_O

    There I was thinking "There must be more than a million Wiis sold a month" and the real figure is closer to two.

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    SchideSchide Yeoh! Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Too bad the Wii still only has about one game I really want. Well, not too bad but like...I dunno, something.

    Boy, how about them sales under supply constraint!!!

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    XagarathXagarath Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Has the Wii NA LTD overtaken the 360 yet?
    It seems plausible.

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    CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Heh, neogaf pointed out that IGN got those numbers from Nintendo. We'll have to wait for the official number for the other two since they are not so forthcoming for some reason.

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    SirUltimosSirUltimos Don't talk, Rusty. Just paint. Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I never thought I would live to see the day where Nintendo is completely owning the market again.

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    ViscountalphaViscountalpha The pen is mightier than the sword http://youtu.be/G_sBOsh-vyIRegistered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I saw some Wii's at my workplace yesterday. I was a bit surprised to see them when I arrived at 3pm. I don't imagine they are still there now though. I still laugh at the comment about "if they package wii sports with the wii, it will sell less games"

    I saw Nintendo doing well this console round but not this well. Not owning Sony and microsoft. I really didn't see that at all. I saw 2nd place with most gamers having a 360 and a Wii or a PS3 and a Wii.

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    W2W2 Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    That 720,000 units, is that United States only?

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    slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Nintendo stated, iirc, that they were upping production to 2M wiis per month up from 1.8M, but I'm unsure if that had already begun or was in the process of beginning.

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    lowlylowlycooklowlylowlycook Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    W2 wrote: »
    That 720,000 units, is that United States only?

    Yep this is US NPD afaik.

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    Xenogears of BoreXenogears of Bore Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Rakai wrote: »
    Wii sales are not that surprising since it's been supply constrained so they will sell how many they put on the shelves. The real question is how the heck did the DS sell 700k with no major releases or special editions.

    Nintendo made a comment a bit ago that the were "dealing with the shortages" or something to that nature so perhaps production has increased again?

    DS was extremely hard to find in all colors until late February or early March, but since then all colors have been coming in...and apparently selling.

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    slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Xagarath wrote: »
    Has the Wii NA LTD overtaken the 360 yet?
    It seems plausible.

    Not yet; as of Feb, it was 9.6M to 8M in favor of the 360.

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    CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    slash000 wrote: »
    Nintendo stated, iirc, that they were upping production to 2M wiis per month up from 1.8M, but I'm unsure if that had already begun or was in the process of beginning.

    NPD publishes different numbers for Canada. We haven't gotten Canadian NPD numbers in a while.

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    lowlylowlycooklowlylowlycook Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Can't be too much longer.

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    Dr Mario KartDr Mario Kart Games Dealer Austin, TXRegistered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I thought it was only an analyst that was saying Nintendo was probably in the process of going up to 2M a month. I hadnt seen anything official regarding this.

    How many minutes until we can expect the business to hit?

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    CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I thought it was only an analyst that was saying Nintendo was probably in the process of going up to 2M a month. I hadnt seen anything official regarding this.

    How many minutes until we can expect the business to hit?

    It was just an analyst. It seems pretty obvious that they will increase production though.

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    lowlylowlycooklowlylowlycook Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Industry Sales
    Mar-07 Mar-08 CHG
    Total Video Games $1.1B $1.7B 57%
    Video Games Hardware $377.9M $551.3M 46%
    Video Games Software $579.1M $945.6M 63%
    Video Game Accessories $139.5M $220M 58%


    HW Sales

    Hardware Mar-08
    PlayStation 2 216K
    PlayStation 3 257K
    PlayStation Portable 297K
    Xbox 360 262K
    Nintendo DS 698K
    Wii 721K

    SW Sales
    Top-Selling VG Software - March 2008

    Platform Title Publisher Release Date March Units
    WII SUPER SMASH BROS: BRAWL NINTENDO OF AMERICA Mar-08 2.7M
    360 *TOM CLANCY'S RAINBOW SIX: VEGAS 2 UBISOFT Mar-08 752.3K
    360 ARMY OF TWO ELECTRONIC ARTS Mar-08 606.1K
    WII PLAY W/ REMOTE NINTENDO OF AMERICA Feb-07 409.8K
    PSP GOD OF WAR: CHAINS OF OLYMPUS SONY Mar-08 340.5K
    PSP CRISIS CORE: FINAL FANTASY VII SQUARE ENIX INC Mar-08 301.6K
    WII GUITAR HERO III: LEGENDS OF ROCK ACTIVISION Oct-07 264.1K
    360 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2K8 TAKE 2 INTERACTIVE Mar-08 237.1K
    360 *CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE ACTIVISION Nov-07 237K
    PS3 ARMY OF TWO ELECTRONIC ARTS Mar-08 224.9K

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