December 2009 NPDs

January 15, 2010 by Ivan Cronyn  
Filed under News, Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox

Yesterday, the NPD Group revealed its U.S. console retail numbers for December and for the full year of 2009. Year-end NPD results provide a key metric in judging the health and overall trending of the game industry.

Analysts have been aware for some months that the year 2009 was not keeping pace with the previous year, and this turned out to be true, down 8 percent to $19.66 billion.

Every market segment declined in 2009 — except for portable hardware, which rose 6 percent. Seven out of the ten best-selling games of the year were first-party Nintendo titles, and the number one game of the year was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

GameStop and several major publishers, like Electronic Arts, Take-Two and Ubisoft, all recently lowered their fiscal year forecasts on a weak market, and analysts awaited results of the industry’s performance in December to predict rebound potential in 2010.

But in slightly better news following a tough year, the video game industry saw December revenues up 4% to $5.53 billion — not only its best holiday yet, its best single sales month on record. Nearly all analysts had expected December to be flat, if not down.

However, video game software sales were still down 7% to $2.58 billion for the month. So, given the challenging climate that so many companies face, an overall boost is a ray of light for the year to come, even if game publishers did not feel the benefit.

November NPDs

December 22, 2009 by Ivan Cronyn  
Filed under Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox

Modern Warfare 2

The NPD Group compiles sales figures for the USA on a monthly basis, including video game software and hardware. It shouldn’t be surprising that Modern Warfare 2 was top of the heap in November, with over 6 million sales. The usual Wii suspects abound, but console sales reveal a surprise – the PS3 is back at the bottom of the pile again.

Here are the rankings:

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360) – 4,200,000
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3) – 1,870,000
3. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) – 1,390,000
4. Assassin’s Creed II (Xbox 360) – 794,700
5. Left 4 Dead 2 (Xbox 360) – 744,000
6. Wii Sports Resort (Wii) – 720,200
7. Wii Fit Plus (Wii) – 679,000
8. Assassin’s Creed II (PS3) – 448,400
9. Dragon Age: Origins (Xbox 360) – 362,100
10. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) – 315,000

Home consoles
1. Wii – 1,260,000
2. Xbox 360 – 819,500
3. PlayStation 3 – 710,400
4. PlayStation 2 – 203,100

1. Nintendo DS – 1,700,000
2. PSP – 293,900

October NPDs

November 13, 2009 by Ivan Cronyn  
Filed under News, Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox

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The NPD Group compiles sales figures for the USA on a monthly basis. Their video game software and hardware numbers are closely watched, as it’s about the only way to get up to date independent sales figures for the industry. The October figures show the US game industry still contracting, with Uncharted 2 and  Borderlands both doing well in an otherwise poor month. NBA 2K10, Halo 3: ODST and Forza Motorsport 3 all charted, despite late November releases.

As for the consoles, Nintendo’s Wii sold 506,900 units, trailed by Sony’s PS3 at 320,600 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 at 249,700.