As the recession finally gives signs of eating the video game industry, another pathetic report comes from the NPD.
On the hardware side, once again, as always, the Nintendo DS series and Wii goes in first and second place respectfully, with the Nintendo DS series going way ahead than the Wii. The rivals are at least 100,000 units behind from Wii.
Nintendo DS series: 766, 500
Wii: 361, 700
Xbox 360: 240, 600
Playstation 3: 164, 700
PSP: 163, 500
Playstation 2: 152, 700
The software side of things, games were mixed up. Prototype for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 had poor user reviews but despite of that, it came first place in sales. 4 Wii games made it to the top 10, as well as 2 Playstation 3 games and 4 Xbox 360 games (poor DS didn’t get a single one.)
- Prototype—Xbox 360: 419, 900
- UFC 2009: Undisputed—Xbox 360: 338, 300
- EA Sports Active—Wii: 289, 100
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10—Wii: 272, 400
- Wii Fit—Wii: 271, 600
- Fight Night Round 4—Xbox 360: 260, 800
- Fight Night Round 4—Playstation 3: 210, 300
- Mario Kart Wii—Wii: 202, 100
- Red Fraction: Guerrilla—Xbox 360: 199, 400
- Infamous—Playstation 3: 192, 700
My thoughts: Basically, I have one word to say: pathetic. For the last 3 months there has been lame sales for all consoles (yes, that includes Wii and the Nintendo DS series… you might not believe it until you separate the Nintendo DS lite and Nintendo DSi’s sales: DSi: 424, 000; DS lite: 342, 000). Also, two things were surprising: 1) Wii MotionPlus was supposed to boost sales for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Grand Slam Tennis… it boosted Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10… but not Grand Slam Tennis; hopefully it will get Wii Sports Resort, which releases in just a few days, in the top 10. 2) The Conduit, surprisingly wasn’t in the top 10… it only made about 72, 000 units… but that is for 11 days. But, what can we do… we are in a recession: a time to cut back (a tiny bit) on entertainment. And June are one of those slow months in the gaming industry anyway. Hopefully July will be better.