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NPD March 2009

NPD sales data for March is as follows:

Hardware Sales

Wii: 601k
360: 330k
PS3: 218k
PS2: 112k
NDS: 563k
PSP: 168k

Weekly Sales March 09

Software Sales Top 20 Overall

  1. Resident Evil 5 (360) – 938k
  2. Pokemon Platinum (NDS) – 805k
  3. Halo Wars (360) – 639k
  4. Resident Evil 5 (PS3) – 585k
  5. Wii Fit (Wii) – 541k
  6. MLB ‘09: The Show (PS3) – 305k
  7. Killzone 2 (PS3) 296k
  8. Wii Play (Wii) – 281k
  9. Mario Kart (Wii) – 278k
  10. Major League Baseball 2K9 (360) – 205k
  11. Guitar Hero Metallica (360)
  12. Call of Duty: World At War (360)
  13. Street Fighter IV (360)
  14. Mario Kart DS (NDS)
  15. Street Fighter IV (PS3
  16. New Super Mario Bros (NDS)
  17. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (NDS)
  18. MLB ‘09: The Show (PS2)
  19. Halo 3 (360)
  20. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Wii)

Sales Trends March 09

Analysis

I’m late (again) to the game here with NPD analysis, so I’ll keep my thoughts short and sweet.

  • Wow… the biggest story of March is the complete nosedive that EVERY console took. I had to check my spreadsheet twice, because this is a pretty dramatic slide from February. In fact, all consoles are down month over month, and only 360 is up year over year – and that’s only thanks to inexplicable hardware shortages in Q1 2008.
  • As expected, Killzone 2 has posted okay numbers but ultimately has failed to jumpstart PS3 hardware.
  • 360 continues to churn out very solid numbers. I sad it last month and I’ll say it again – Microsoft is in a position to do very well over the next few months. Production costs have undoubtedly dropped (having a 199$ sku indicates that), and while I don’t expect sales to come much closer to Wii’s monthly totals, I don’t see momentum dropping off in the foreseeable future.
  • It’s safe to say that Wii supply has finally caught up to demand. Murmurs of slowing momentum will soon creep out of the internet, and while that is obviously a factual sentiment, don’t let it fool you – Wii’s #1 monthly position will not be changing any time soon (if ever).

Top 10 sales for each platform are after the graphs.

Monthly HW March 09

 YOY March 09   

Aggregate HW March 09

Top 10 Wii:

  1. WII FIT    NINTENDO OF AMERICA
  2. WII PLAY W/ REMOTE    NINTENDO OF AMERICA
  3. MARIO KART W/WHEEL    NINTENDO OF AMERICA
  4. LEGO STAR WARS: COMPLETE SAGA    LUCASARTS
  5. LINK’S CROSSBOW TRAINING    NINTENDO OF AMERICA
  6. GUITAR HERO WORLD TOUR*    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
  7. GUITAR HERO METALLICA    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
  8. NEW PLAY CONTROL! MARIO POWER TENNIS    NINTENDO OF AMERICA
  9. MADWORLD    SEGA OF AMERICA
  10. SONIC AND THE BLACK KNIGHT    SEGA OF AMERICA

Top 10 Xbox 360:

  1. RESIDENT EVIL 5*    CAPCOM USA
  2. HALO WARS*    MICROSOFT
  3. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2K9    TAKE 2 INTERACTIVE
  4. GUITAR HERO METALLICA    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
  5. CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR*    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
  6. STREET FIGHTER IV*    CAPCOM USA
  7. HALO 3*    MICROSOFT
  8. TOM CLANCY’S H.A.W.X.    UBISOFT
  9. NBA 2K9    TAKE 2 INTERACTIVE
  10. WWE LEGENDS OF WRESTLEMANIA    THQ

Top 10 PlayStation 2:

  1. MLB ’09: THE SHOW    SONY
  2. NARUTO: ULTIMATE NINJA 4    NAMCO BANDAI GAMES OF AMERICA
  3. GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS    TAKE 2 INTERACTIVE
  4. NBA 2K9    TAKE 2 INTERACTIVE
  5. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2K9    TAKE 2 INTERACTIVE
  6. RESIDENT EVIL 4*    CAPCOM USA
  7. TOMB RAIDER: UNDERWORLD    EIDOS INTERACTIVE
  8. GOD OF WAR II    SONY
  9. CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
  10. GUITAR HERO WORLD TOUR*    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

Top 10 PlayStation 3:

  1. RESIDENT EVIL 5*    CAPCOM USA
  2. MLB ’09: THE SHOW    SONY
  3. KILLZONE 2    SONY
  4. STREET FIGHTER IV*    CAPCOM USA
  5. GUITAR HERO METALLICA    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
  6. TOM CLANCY’S H.A.W.X.    UBISOFT
  7. CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
  8. WWE LEGENDS OF WRESTLEMANIA    THQ
  9. SONIC’S ULTIMATE GENESIS COLLECTION    SEGA OF AMERICA
  10. NBA 2K9    TAKE 2 INTERACTIVE

Top 10 Game Boy Advance:

  1. ASTEROIDS/PONG/YARS    DESTINATION SOFTWARE INC.
  2. UNO 52    DESTINATION SOFTWARE INC.
  3. PUPPY LUV: SPA & RESORT    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
  4. BIG MUTHA TRUCKERS    DESTINATION SOFTWARE INC.
  5. VALUE GAME BUNDLE 14.99    MULTIPLE VIDEO GAME MANUFACTURER
  6. GBA SPYHUNTER/SUPERSPRINT    DESTINATION SOFTWARE INC.
  7. VAN HELSING    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
  8. PRINCESS NATASHA: STUDENT SECRET AGENT    DESTINATION SOFTWARE INC.
  9. UNO/FREEFALL    DESTINATION SOFTWARE INC.
  10. GAUNTLET/RAMPART    DESTINATION SOFTWARE INC.

Top 10 Nintendo DS:

  1. POKEMON PLATINUM VERSION    NINTENDO OF AMERICA
  2. MARIO KART DS    NINTENDO OF AMERICA
  3. NEW SUPER MARIO BROS    NINTENDO OF AMERICA
  4. PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE CURIOUS VILLAGE    NINTENDO OF AMERICA
  5. GRAND THEFT AUTO: CHINATOWN WARS    TAKE 2 INTERACTIVE
  6. LEGO STAR WARS: COMPLETE SAGA    LUCASARTS
  7. PHINEAS AND FERB    DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS
  8. MARIO PARTY    NINTENDO OF AMERICA
  9. SUPER MARIO 64 DS    NINTENDO OF AMERICA
  10. CLUB PENGUIN: ELITE PENGUIN FORCE    DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS

Top 10 PSP:

  1. MLB ’09: THE SHOW    SONY
  2. RESISTANCE: RETRIBUTION    SONY
  3. PHANTASY STAR PORTABLE    SEGA OF AMERICA
  4. GRAND THEFT AUTO: LIBERTY CITY STORIES    TAKE 2 INTERACTIVE
  5. GRAND THEFT AUTO: VICE CITY STORIES    TAKE 2 INTERACTIVE
  6. IRON MAN    SEGA OF AMERICA
  7. MEDAL OF HONOR: HEROES 2    ELECTRONIC ARTS
  8. MIDNIGHT CLUB: LA REMIX    TAKE 2 INTERACTIVE
  9. WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2008    THQ
  10. MX VS ATV UNLEASHED: ON THE EDGE    THQ

Top 10 Portable Games (All):

  1. NDS POKEMON PLATINUM VERSION    NDS     NINTENDO OF AMERICA
  2. NDS MARIO KART DS    NDS     NINTENDO OF AMERICA
  3. NDS NEW SUPER MARIO BROS    NDS     NINTENDO OF AMERICA
  4. NDS PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE CURIOUS VILLAGE    NDS     NINTENDO OF AMERICA
  5. NDS GRAND THEFT AUTO: CHINATOWN WARS    NDS     TAKE 2 INTERACTIVE
  6. NDS LEGO STAR WARS: COMPLETE SAGA    NDS     LUCASARTS
  7. NDS PHINEAS AND FERB    NDS     DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS
  8. PSP MLB ’09: THE SHOW    NDS     SONY
  9. NDS MARIO PARTY    NDS     NINTENDO OF AMERICA
  10. NDS SUPER MARIO 64 DS    NDS     NINTENDO OF AMERICA

Top 10 Accessories

  1. WII NUNCHUK CONTROLLER    NINTENDO OF AMERICA
  2. 360 LIVE 1600 POINT GAME CARD    MICROSOFT
  3. WII REMOTE CONTROLLER W/ JACKET    NINTENDO OF AMERICA
  4. PS3 DUALSHOCK 3 WIRELESS CONTROLLER    SONY
  5. 360 LIVE 1 MONTH GOLD CARD    MICROSOFT
  6. WII REMOTE CONTROLLER    NINTENDO OF AMERICA
  7. 360 HEADSET    MICROSOFT
  8. 360 LIVE 12 MONTH GOLD CARD    MICROSOFT
  9. 360 LIVE 3 MONTH GOLD CARD    MICROSOFT
  10. WII WHEEL GRIP    NINTENDO OF AMERICA

*Inclusive of collectors’, limited, instrument bundles

(source: Wired)

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Predictions: NPD March 2009

NPD video game sales data for March 2009 will be released next Thursday. (Note: March is tracked as a 5 week month, whereas February was tracked as a 4 week month. All % calculations will be done using weekly sales rates.)

Predictions

Format: “Total Hardware” (“Weekly Hardware” | “% change of weekly sales over February”)

Wii: 890k ( 178k | –5.44% )
360: 455k ( 91k | –6.91% )
PS3: 305k ( 61k | –11.59% )
PS2: 185k ( 37k | +12.98% )
NDS: 700k ( 140k | –4.76% )
PSP: 225k ( 45k | –9.55% )

Notes regarding my predictions:

  • PS2 had ~5 days of sales at a new 99 dollar price point – expect a mild increase in sales.
  • Wii sales are a tough one this month. It seemed like supply caught up to demand in February, but demand could be pretty epic in March. I might be undershooting this one.
  • If 360 is able to post 450k+, Microsoft should be very excited about their prospects going into summer.

Actual sales data from The NPD Group will be released on Thursday, April 16th after market close (4:00 PM).

Sad World?

With my Peggle problem mostly behind me, I can finally turn my attention to more pressing matters.

MadWorld has been a disappointment thus far. Its style is consistent and arresting, but the game’s general gameplay mechanics immediately show their lack of depth. All of the Wiimote motions translate well to onscreen actions, but there just aren’t enough of them. All of the QTEs are interesting and good-looking, but there just aren’t enough of them. The environmental structures enable some great kills, but there just aren’t… well, you get the idea.

What is there is pretty cool (and generally well designed), but there just isn’t enough meat to cover MadWorld’s bones. This is reinforced by the game’s forced and utterly repetitive commentary. Greg Proops and John DiMaggio have a few funny lines, but they are recycled so frequently that what is originally shocking and fresh eventually becomes really annoying. I ended up turning them down completely so that I could hear the music, which, like the rest of the game, is fundamentally good but ultimately repetitive.

Amazon had a deal on Wii Music the other day, and I just couldn’t help myself. I like what I’ve seen so far, though I’m sad that I won’t be able to take advantage of the game’s song sharing mechanics (since none of my friends have the game). I don’t think this is a game that I’ll put big chunks of time into, but I hope it proves to be an interesting thing to come back to every now and then.

My Peggle Problem

As much as I love me some video games, I rarely feel “addicted” to them. In general, they are a means of entertainment, and while I might sometimes get frustrated by a lack of adequate play time, that’s only because I genuinely enjoy the hobby.

Enter Peggle.

The XBLA version has been my first foray into the Peggle universe, though I’ve heard about it in the past (most notably from 1up Yours’ (ListenUp’s) John Davison). I’m rarely sucked into these simple games, but something about Peggle has really grabbed me by the junk. I don’t know if it’s the tasty mix of skill and luck, the generous helping of off-the-wall humor, or the physics (I love physics), but I’m officially hooked.

Put more simply: I’ve beaten the game, and I’m still playing for high scores and extra challenges. That just doesn’t normally happen.

I started a regimen of allergy shots today, and since they need to “observe” me for half an hour after every dose (you know, so I don’t “die”), I figured it would be a good time to dig into some long-neglected DS games. I fired up Professor Layton and was shocked by its high production values. The game is really quite polished, and I’m looking forward to digging into it.