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EA, Nintendo Titles Rule NPD Top 20 For Another Month
EA, Nintendo Titles Rule NPD Top 20 For Another Month
September 11, 2009 | By Kris Graft

September 11, 2009 | By Kris Graft
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For the second month in a row, Electronic Arts and Nintendo software dominated NPD Group's top 20 software titles, according to a list obtained by Gamasutra.

Out of the top 20 software titles for August, which saw software sales decline year-on-year to $470.3 million, Nintendo of America published nine of those games. The best-selling Nintendo game for the month was Wii Sports Resort, which sold 754,000 units, bested only by Madden NFL 10 for Xbox 360, which sold 928,000 units.

But previously unreleased information show that in the lower half of the top 20, there were Nintendo games dating back to 2005 and 2006, namely Mario Kart DS and New Super Mario Bros. Half of the bottom 10 titles were first-party Nintendo games.

Nintendo's newly-released puzzler Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box debuted at number 16 after being on the market for only a few days. Judging by confirmed sales for number 17-ranked Madden NFL 10 for Wii and number 10-ranked Fossil Fighters, we know that the new Layton sold between 67,000 and 92,000 for the month.

Electronic Arts captured seven of the top 20 slots, with games including Madden NFL, NCAA Football 10, and EA Sports Active. NCAA Football 10 for Xbox 360 fell from number two last month to number three, while EA Sports Active fell from number 10 to number 19.

Aside from EA and Nintendo, filling out the rest of the list were Square Enix-owned Eidos' Batman: Arkham Asylum, which sold 303,000 on Xbox 360 and 290,000 on PS3, and the Activision Blizzard game Wolfenstein for Xbox 360, which made its debut at number 18. Square Enix's Dissidia: Final Fantasy for PSP made the top 10 with 130,000 sold.

The full Top 20 for August 2009 is as follows, as provided by NPD Group:

TOP 20 VIDEO GAME TITLES
RANKED BY TOTAL U.S. UNITS
AUGUST, 2009












LAST



RELEASE
MONTH RANK TITLE PLATFORM PUBLISHER DATE






** 1 MADDEN NFL 10 360 ELECTRONIC ARTS Aug-09
1 2 WII SPORTS RESORT W/ WII MOTION PLUS WII NINTENDO OF AMERICA Jul-09
** 3 MADDEN NFL 10 PS3 ELECTRONIC ARTS Aug-09
** 4 BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM* 360 SQUARE ENIX INC Aug-09
** 5 BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM* PS3 SQUARE ENIX INC Aug-09
** 6 MADDEN NFL 10 PS2 ELECTRONIC ARTS Aug-09
** 7 DISSIDIA: FINAL FANTASY PSP SQUARE ENIX INC Aug-09
4 8 WII FIT* WII NINTENDO OF AMERICA May-08
5 9 MARIO KART W/WHEEL WII NINTENDO OF AMERICA Apr-08
** 10 FOSSIL FIGHTERS NDS NINTENDO OF AMERICA Aug-09
6 11 MARIO KART DS NDS NINTENDO OF AMERICA Nov-05
9 12 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS NDS NINTENDO OF AMERICA May-06
12 13 WII PLAY W/ REMOTE WII NINTENDO OF AMERICA Feb-07
8 14 POKEMON PLATINUM VERSION NDS NINTENDO OF AMERICA Mar-09
2 15 NCAA FOOTBALL 10 360 ELECTRONIC ARTS Jul-09
** 16 PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE DIABOLICAL BOX NDS NINTENDO OF AMERICA Aug-09
** 17 MADDEN NFL 10 WII ELECTRONIC ARTS Aug-09
** 18 WOLFENSTEIN 360 ACTIVISION BLIZZARD Aug-09
10 19 EA SPORTS ACTIVE BUNDLE WII ELECTRONIC ARTS May-09
11 20 TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 10* WII ELECTRONIC ARTS Jun-09








*Includes Collector's, Limited, Legendary, Bundles (Guitars) Editions










** Not in Top 20 last month




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Kevin Jones
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The XBOX 360 rules the NPD software top 10 in actual total units sales, whch counts more than mere number of apppearances in the top 10.

Top 10 total software unit sales:



360 - 1,231k

Wii - 1,002k

PS3 - 955k

PSP - 130k

NDS - 92k

Mike Siciliano
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"Wow, I can't believe New Super Mario Bros and Mario Kart DS are still ranking high on these charts. Where did all the other '05-'06 games go?"



The other '05-'06 games don't really have the accessibility and IP power of Mario games. That is why you don't see Metroid Prime Hunters on top. Although, theoretically Nintendogs and Brain Age games should be up there.

Ken Masters
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@ Kevin Jones - Way to cherry pick the data. This article shows the top 20. You calculated the unit sales of the Top 10. I'm sure if we had the figures from places 11-20, the 360 might not come on top even with a brand new August release the Wii doesn't have in Batman.

Kevin Jones
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@ Ken Masters

"Way to cherry pick the data. "



No cherry picking.

I merely used the top 10 because we have actual sales figures for the top 10.



@ Ken Masters:"This article shows the top 20. "



Yes, but no sales figures for the top 20, just the top 10.



@ Ken Masters:" I'm sure if we had the figures from places 11-20, the 360 might not come on top "



If I had used the top 20, the 360 would still have come out on top.



Top 10 difference between 360 and Wii software sales===> 1,231k - 1,002k = 229K

Let's just say Wii Play(Wii, #13), outsold NCAA 10(360, #15), by say 20K

And we know that Madden NFL 10(Wii, # 17, 67K), outsold Wolfenstein(360, # 18,-59K) by 8K.

Adding the two together gives you 28K that the Wii would have made up on the 360.

The #19 and 20 games are Wii games EA Sports Active and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, which we know sold less than the #18 game(59K).

Even if assume that those 2 games sold 59K each, that gives you 118K, plus 28K from above, giving you 146K.

146K from 229K gives you a 360 win of 83K.

No matter how you turn it, the 360 wins, whether its the top 10 or top 20.





@ Ken Masters:"even with a brand new August release the Wii doesn't have in Batman"



The Wii doesn't have Batman..so what?

Does that change the fact that the 360 sold more games in the top 10 and the top 20 than the Wii? Nope.

I haven't complained that the Wii has Wii Sports Resort and the 360 doesn't, have I?

Ken Masters
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@ Kevin Jones -



You're right, my bad. I missed the part where it read that Madden Wii was confirmed to have sold 67k in the main article.

Leon T
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@ Kevin Jones - Total software sales does not count more than number of titles. Even if did the Wii has been selling more software than the 360 for some time now. It goes back forth in total sales for the top 10 or 20 month to month , but overall the Wii has been selling more.



Having more titles post shows that a console has sfotware sells spread out though. Having a big release or two knocking other software for the platform out of the top 20 is not a great thing. It wouldn't be that great for Nintendo if WSR sold more that all other games in the top ten combined if that was the only software they had in the top 20.



Having that new release selling well with older releases shows a healther market for games imo.

Peter Dwyer
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The Wii has become a fitness machine. It regularly sells tonnes of Wii Fit and pretty much nothing else. Software sales (games) for the Wii are therefore not selling greater than any other console. Even Nintendo have started to realise that! Aside from fitness products, they are not selling much of anything else. Dispite what some have been saying. Such product sales are not enough to sustain the mighty N for any length of time.



The other problem with the Wii is that it's sales to gamers have long since tapered off. The current audience are people who litterally think it's going to get them fit and somehow allow them to loose 50 kilos in a fun way. So while the machine may continue to sell well. I suspect that sooner, rather than later, the gaming press are going to realise that the machine isn't actually being classed as a games console anymore by it's buying audience.

Kevin Jones
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@ Leon Terry:

" Total software sales does not count more than number of titles "



Of course it does.

More units sold, means more gross revenue, which leads to more profits. Not to mention 360 games sell at higher average prices than Wii games.

The DS for example, has 5 games in the top 20, yet the top selling DS game is only at # 10, and sold only 92K. Even if all the other 4 DS games sold 92K as well, that would only amount to less than half what Madden NFL 10 on the 360 alone sold in August.



@ Leon Terry:

"Even if did the Wii has been selling more software than the 360 for some time now"



Wii sells more top10/20 software units in some months, 360 sells more top10/20 units in other months.

In some months, the 360 totally dominates the top 10..like in March for example.

However, we are talking about August, and in August, the 360 did beat the Wii in both top 10 and top 20 unit sales.

For the rest of the year, I don't see the Wii beating the 360 in ANY month in total top10/top20 units of games sold.

In September, ODST alone, will outsell ALL Wii games in the top 20 combined.

Kevin Jones
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@ Peter Dwyer:

" The Wii has become a fitness machine. It regularly sells tonnes of Wii Fit "



The Wii is not even selling tons of wii Fit any more.

Juust look at August Wii Fit sales figures.

Wii Fit only sold 128K in August, that is it's lowest monthly sales figure ever, and September is going to be even lower.

Wii Fit has lost a lot of it's "evergreen" magic.

Ken Masters
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@ Kevin Jones -



The public is well aware that Wii Fit Plus is coming. Seems logical that it would lose it's evergreen "magic" by now, wouldn't it? Especially after it's already outsold Halo 3 and any other core game you care to mention, I'd say it's had a great run.



@ Peter Dwyer -



For the Wii to be a fitness machine, it's kind of odd that Mario Kart has hung tough longer than Wii Fit has and we saw games like Punch-Out! and Tiger Woods '10 make the NPD top 10 through the summer months. Not to mention Nintendo's financial statement showed very healthy software sales in the Americas (and worldwide), which directly contradicts your statement that only Wii Fit is selling. NPD releases the top 20, that doesn't mean only those 20 games are selling each month.

Roberto Alfonso
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@Kevin Jones: "Wii Fit only sold 128K in August, that is it's lowest monthly sales figure ever, and September is going to be even lower."



Show me a hardcore game that has sold over 100,000 units in its 15th month in the market, please.

Mike Siciliano
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Peter, I want you to read something. I think you will appreciate it VERY MUCH:



http://malstrom.50webs.com/modestproposal.html

Ken Masters
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@ Mike,



That was awesome! I laughed so hard reading through that entire piece. I may have to take a more in-depth look at that site...

Russell Carroll
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@ Mike,



That was the most entertaining satire article I've read in a long time. Thanks for suggesting it :).

Mike Siciliano
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You're welcome Russell and Ken.



Derek:



New Super Mario Bros. Wii has the potential to outsell every Wii game released (except for Wii Sports). All you need to do is look at the sales of New Super Mario Bros. DS and take a wild guess.



The media are absolutely fascinated right now with Modern Warfare 2, and that's fine. I bet the game will sell huge. But marketing is trying to turn it into "the greatest selling game of all time."



Why is no one watching New Super Mario Bros. Wii? If New Super Mario Bros. DS has sold as many copies as it has, then what game REALLY has the potential to be "the greatest selling game of all time"?

Ken Masters
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@ Mike:



I would think NSMB Wii would do amazing things judging from the DS game as well. But the one precedent we have to go by is Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS) and Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii). The latter was nowhere near the success that the former was.



But then again, this is "2D" Mario, and local multi at that. I wouldn't be suprised if it turns out to be the best selling game this holiday - even if Activision "cheats" and combines sales totals of both CoD:MW2 HD skus.

Mike Siciliano
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"But the one precedent we have to go by is Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS) and Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii). The latter was nowhere near the success that the former was."



Bad precedent, bad!



It's content, content, content. That's the real precedent.



Animal Crossing: City Folk was not new content. It was essentially a spruced up port of the DS game.



While ports can certainly break the 1 million sales mark (look at Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition), when have they ever achieved the sales records of, say, Wii Fit or New Super Mario Bros?



New Super Mario Bros. Wii is not a port. It does share graphics and style from its DS cousin, but the levels are entirely new. It's new content. Just because you have played New Super Mario Bros. doesn't mean you have played New Super Mario Bros. Wii.



So no, Animal Crossing is no indication of anything except ports.

Leon T
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@ Kevin Jones- I get your point ,but I'm sure a publisher would like to have multiple properties selling in the top 20 instead of one. Selling 1 million units of a new property is great, but if older software also hold up it is even better.



I'm sure Nintendo likes that their other titles are in the top 20 along with WSR. EA has to be happier that their other titles still hold up with Maddens release.



The platform seller would also rather have more titles chart than to just have the top selling title. I mean how healthy does a platform look if only one title in the entire top 20 charts even if it charts at number one.

Kevin Jones
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@ Roberto Alfonso

"Show me a hardcore game that has "



No one can deny that Wii Fit has had some very long legs.

However, you can't deny that the ability of both Wii Fit and Wii Play to sell in huge quantities every month, and to sell consoles, has diminished considerably in the past few months.

And Wii Sports Resort had very little effect on Wii hardware sales. By far most Wii Sport Resort sales went to those who already own Wii's and own Wii Sports.

On the hand hand, a game like Halo 3 (which was launched over 6 months before Wii Fit) in September 2007, sold 3.3 million units in just 12 days, faster than any game has sold this generation, and has still been in the top 20 for some months this year, nearly 2 years later. So some hardcore games do have plenty of legs too.

Kevin Jones
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@ Leon Terry:

" I get your point ,but I'm sure a publisher would like to have multiple properties selling in the top 20 instead of one."



Up to a point.

For example, in November and December this year, what game is going to totally dominate and crush every other game in the NPD top 10?

Modern Warfare 2. Activison could have only MW2 in the top 10, but then the game is going to sell in such huge quantities, and at such high prices(the Prestige edition which has had huge pre-orders is selling for a massive $150 a pop), that MW2 alone, by itself, is going to generate more revenue and more profits for Activision than all the other games in the Nov/Dec top 10 combined.

So its not so much how many games you have in that top 10, but how many units you actually sell, and at what prices, and how much revenue you get from the games, and how much profits you make.

Kevin Jones
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@ Ken Masters

:"The public is well aware that Wii Fit Plus is coming. Seems logical that it would lose it's evergreen "magic" by now, wouldn't it? "



That could be a factor, yes.

But then Wii Fit sales have been down considerably even before August, l so I think the new markets/demand for Wii Fit have gone down quite a bit.

Plus I am fairly sure that Wii Fit Plus is going to sell overwhelmingly to those who already own Wii's and Wii Fit.



@ Ken Masters:"Not to mention Nintendo's financial statement showed very healthy software sales in the Americas (and worldwide), "



I would suggest you have another look at Nintendo's financial statement for the last quarter.

" Profit was down 60% and Wii console sales were down nearly 57%........

In units, the Wii shipped 2.23 million units compared to a whopping 5.17 million last year in the April to June quarter. Game shipments for the quarter were down nearly 10 million units, dropping from over 40 million units last year to around 31 million units. "

http://www.examiner.com/x-14920-Sacramento-Gaming-Industry-Examin
er~y2009m7d30-Nintendo-Q2-sales-and-profits-down-sharply


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