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Xenoblade and Kid Icarus Missing from NPD's April Chart

Posted by James Newton

For different reasons

The NPD Group has published its list of best-sellers across the United States for April, but two of Nintendo's biggest titles are nowhere to be seen.

Xenoblade Chronicles' exclusivity deal with GameStop meant it wasn't eligible for the top ten. Before the official chart analysts from PiperJaffray had predicted the Nintendo-published RPG could have reached the top three, but we'll never know.

Kid Icarus: Uprising had its first full month of sales but didn't trouble the top ten, though NPD Group's Anita Frazier reveals if the chart were based on single SKUs — that is, not combining sales of multi-format titles — Pit would have hit the top ten.

Mario Party 9 had another good month of sales though, reaching number 7.

1. Prototype 2
2. Kinect Star Wars
3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
4. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13
5. NBA 2K12
6. The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings
7. Mario Party 9
8. Mass Effect 3
9. Just Dance 3
10. MLB 12 The Show

[via eurogamer.net]

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User Comments (28)

thanos316

#1

thanos316 said:

xenoblades is great game. shame it had to take so long for it to hit the wii console. this is the type of game that should have shown other devs what the wii was capable of early on. but im enjoying playing it now nonetheless, no dust on my wii yet.. and can't wait to get my hands on kid icarus for the 3ds, seems like a solid title..

Alienfish

#2

Alienfish said:

Exclusives almost always have trouble hitting the top ten. It's really nothing to worry about. Mario Party 9 beating Mass Effect 3 gave me a chuckle though.

Prof_Clayton

#3

Prof_Clayton said:

That's a shame; I have Kid Icarus and Xenoblade. They are both better than most of the games on there IMO.

Gamer83

#4

Gamer83 said:

I had a feeling Xenoblade wouldn't sell well. The Wii is on the way out, it would've been interesting to see how this game would've done had it been released in say 2009, but it is what it is. At least NoA, eventhough it dragged its feet, brought the game out. The Last Story probably will suffer the same but again, at least it's being released. Hopefully with the Wii U though Nintendo and third parties will get smarter about releasing these kinds of games.

As for Kid Icarus, don't really know what to say, wish it had sold better but it lacks Mario so lower sales don't surprise me. That said, it is nice to know that if sales were still counted as individual skus that the game would've charted in the top 10, so maybe it's not lighting up the chart but it's not performing horribly either, especially for a series that was dormant for over 20 years.

kdognumba1

#5

kdognumba1 said:

According to VGChartz which isn't dead accurate but still not very far off, Xenoblade Chronicles is the 3rd best selling game of April in the US and as of April 28th it had over 220k sales in the US. Also according to VGChartz, it currently has 240k total in the US. Not a sell out sweeping smashing hit but not bad, not bad.

Uncle_Optimus

#7

Uncle_Optimus said:

Lordy Lordy lookit all those sequels.
It should be noted that Frazier also felt that were Xenolade's sales NPD eligible, they would have ranked...so there is that sunny ray to hold on to.

Whopper744

#9

Whopper744 said:

People don't know what they are missing with Kid Icarus.
It's kind of sad there are hardly any Nintendo titles on that list.
COD takes no imagination.

rjejr

#10

rjejr said:

Kinect Star Wars is #2? I haven't played it, anything else in the top 10, or Xenoblade (yet), but I've read awful things about KSW. And I'm pretty sure anything that has "Kinect" in the the title only has 1 SKU. Though I guess sales of the "bundle" helped. I'm guessing more people bought it and kept it as a collectible than actually played it. Both my sons enjoyed the heck out of Kid Icarus. Yesterday 1 was playing while the other was sitting next to him watching the 3DS anime series. It's a crazy world.

DestinyMan

#11

DestinyMan said:

So if this was based entirely on Nintendo consoles, then Kid Icarus would be in the top ten? I'm a little disappointed that most people don't realize just how amazing the game is, but Kid Icarus has been gone for so long that most folks besides me don't know much about the series. That said, I'm glad that Mario Party 9 is in there since I think it's the best Mario Party in years.

TrueWiiMaster

#12

TrueWiiMaster said:

So is there any way to know how well Xenoblade sold then? I was looking forward to seeing the results.

iPruch

#13

iPruch said:

Xenoblade deserves to be in it. It one of the greatest games in so many years, one of those which becomes a classic since day one. Anyone who considers himself being a good gamer should support it!

WingedSnagret

#14

WingedSnagret said:

It's because most people think a real video game is all those military/zombie shooting crap games (of which there are WAY too many). That and Nintendo has been overusing Mario WAY too much, not leaving room and giving other lesser known Nintendo characters (aka Pit!) a chance to be fully recognized by the public. I do realize that Nintendo put a lot of effort in marketing Uprising, but since most people think all the company makes is Mario, and to a lesser extent, Zelda, they tend to ignore the other great games of Nintendo itself!

DarkEdi

#15

DarkEdi said:

It happens because the limited number of copys won´t reach to a massive public. I have Xenoblade and it is the best Wii title, even better than my favorite Skyward Sword.

AVahne

#16

AVahne said:

How'd Kinect Star Wars get to number 2?

LIGHTSABER ON. (Is that still in the game?)

BulbasaurusRex

#18

BulbasaurusRex said:

The MLB: The Show games have always been good, but they're unfortunately Sony exclusives, while there hasn't been a good hardcore baseball sim on a Nintendo platform since 2K Sports bought the exclusive license. They just do not know how to program the Wii and never even bother with MotionPlus, and even their HD console versions suck. I'm still sticking with MVP Baseball 2005 for GameCube.

Gameday

#19

Gameday said:

man i cant believe that neither of the two didnt make it what is going on here..

Hokori

#20

Hokori said:

Ewwww Mario party 9 is the only one on that list I care about..... Why no great titles do well in the west but do great in the east?

shingi_70

#22

shingi_70 said:

Apoplexy are surprised by KSW. Its kinect + Star Wars. Itsbound to sell like mad.

I'm honestly surprised that prototype 2 did well.

Nintenbro

#23

Nintenbro said:

I've owned Xenoblade Chronicles, since it's April 6th release date here in the United States. In the short while it has been available, It has become one of my favorite RPGs I've ever had the honor of experiencing. I have no doubt if it had been released at least a year ago, it would've had much greater sales figures by now. It should definitely be considered one of the Wii console's all-time greats like: Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2, TLoZ: Skyward Sword and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. It may have never had the chance of receiving sales in the ballpark of Mario Kart Wii or Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but it should have. I'm contemplating on purchasing an additional copy, just to keep as a collectible. I'm absolutely sure Xenoblade Chronicles will obtain a cult following, sometime in the future. Especially since the WiiU will be backwards compatible. Unless there's a reprint which has added WiiU capabilities of some type, unopened copies of Xenoblade Chronicles will dramatically increase in value. Mark my words...

thatoneguy4419

#24

thatoneguy4419 said:

It's a shame Kid Icarus: Uprising didn't make it :/ It's such a great game. It's almost unbelievable that it's not up there. Nintendo had so many ads and promotions for that game. Hopefully sales can pick up maybe during the holidays.

Uncle_Optimus

#25

Uncle_Optimus said:

@3dsFanatic4419 Glancing at vgchartz (not the most reliable, I know) if they are in the correct ballpark for NA sales figures, it is very surprising that the sales in Japan are not so far behind. I actually thought the game would appeal to NA action game fans and the marketing effort did seem decent as well.
I suppose negative press on control schemes may have suppressed sales a good deal but the metacritic still carries a very promising 83.

Slapshot

#26

Slapshot said:

I don't think the multiple SKU's is a valid excuse. Mario Party 9 only has one SKU and it made the list.

BattleBorn

#27

BattleBorn said:

KI:U sales are sad but hardly surprising. It's a revival of a cult-size NES/GB franchise with controls that are completely unwelcoming and unsuitable for pick-up-and-play sessions. Did anyone outside of hardcore Nintendo enthusiasts honestly ask for that game? Considering it failed to show up in it's first full month of sales, I'll take that as a no.

And while we're on the subject of recent marquee 3DS games, what about Resident Evil: Revelations? Has it been the mega hit that 3DS fanboys hyped it up to be? Capcom's not gonna bother making a sequel (or any other games of that caliber) if the financial returns don't match the sweat equity put into it. You do realize that, right?

Quite frankly, the 3DS is severely lacking system-selling software that isn't Mario (or Monster Hunter in Japan). Mario might have saved 3DS from it's disastrous launch last year and it will definitely give it a sizable boost this year, but Mario alone isn't going to give 3DS the same long-term success of the DS. The DS had it's system-selling Mario titles backed by a foundation of extensive first-party AND third-party IPs that truly defined and pioneered what bite-size gaming was all about.

At this point, the 3DS looks far more like Nintendo's PSP. Single analog stick, heavy reliance on ports and console-lite experiences, an unrestrained level of pre-release hype followed by a lackluster launch, hugely successful in Japan while middling in the USA/Europe (Iwata himself confessed disappointment with USA/Euro sales in the recent earnings call), overall healthy hardware sales but a peculiar inability to sell any considerable number of software aside from several key first-party IPs (and Monster Hunter), a growing perception within the tech/general media as a failure despite the aforementioned hardware sales, all the while hyping the current leader in true bite-size gaming (the DS back then; iOS/Android right now)... the similarities go on and on and on.

The 3DS booster club will deny everything I said and go back crawling to their "BU-BU-BUT 3DS outsold DS in it's first year!!!" security blanket, but the fact is that short-term boosts do not equal sustainable long-term success. Nothing about the 3DS up to now suggests that it'll have the same long-term success of the DS.

Mandoble

#28

Mandoble said:

@ApparatusMini, cannot agree more on that. For my the DS was/is a great device only because of the 3th party support, something that is not really present for the 3DS.

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