Nintendo Still Dominating NPD Charts
Posted by Jon Wahlgren
MotionPlus off to a good start.
Another month, another Nintendo sales win for the U.S.
Despite declining overall hardware sales by 38 percent year-over-year, Nintendo still managed to carve out over half of console and portable sales for the month of June, with Wii moving around 374,000 units and the DS family raking in a bazonga 766,500 handhelds.
All three home consoles saw modest improvements over May, with Wii then moving 289,500 units and DS sales seeing a roughly 100,000 unit increase for June. Xbox 360 managed to sell 240,600, compared to May's 175,000, and the PS3 went from 131,000 in May to 164,700.
MotionPlus, which launched on June 8, managed to shift around 374,000 units total, including Tiger Woods and Grand Slam Tennis bundles and standalone bits. Expect this number to explode in July once Wii Sports Resort launches.
As far as software sales went, let's break it down in list form:
1. Prototype (Activision, 360) 419,900
2. UFC 2009: Undisputed (THQ, 360) 338,300
3. EA Sports Active (EA, Wii) 289,100
4. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10* (EA, Wii) 272,400
5. Wii Fit (Nintendo, Wii) 271,600
6. Fight Night Round 4 (EA, 360) 260,800
7. Fight Night Round 4 (EA, PS3) 210,300
8. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii) 202,100
9. Red Faction: Guerrilla (THQ, 360) 199,400
10. Infamous (Sony Computer Entertainment, PS3) 192,700
*Includes MotionPlus bundle
June software sales were down 29 percent compared to last year, but the titles that charted did still do a good amount of wallet damage. EA had a killer month on Wii, with Active outselling Wii Fit and Tiger Woods clocking in over a quarter-million. Notably absent from the top 10 is Wii Play, ending a 29-month streak of appearances. That's absoludicrous. Mario Kart Wii is hanging in there still, bless its heart.
Eagerly awaited by some are sales numbers for The Conduit, with the NPD Group reporting just shy of 72,000 units sold. Out of the trifecta of "core" Wii titles published by SEGA, it outperformed House of the Dead: Overkill's February debut-month sales of 45,000 copies and MadWorld's 66,000 in March. For comparison, it should be noted that Conduit released with only one week left of the sales tracking period, and the two other titles released a bit earlier in their months.