Chinatown Wars Breaks 160K
On Friday the NPD Group released its extended list of the
20 top-selling software titles in April 2009.
While the usual
suspects appeared near the top of the list – Wii Fit, Mario
Kart Wii, and Wii Play – the extended list revealed a
surge in Nintendo DS software sales, probably on the strength of
Nintendo DSi sales.
Along with Pokémon Platinum, the enhanced remake of
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, at the #2 spot for the
month, six other Nintendo DS titles made the top 20.
Those were New
Super Mario Bros. (#7), Mario Kart (#8), Mario &
Sonic at the Olympic Games (#12), Rhythm Heaven (#13),
Professor Layton and the Curious Village (#15), and Grand Theft
Auto: Chinatown Wars (#18).
The Xbox 360 had the next best showing in the top 20 with six
titles, while the Wii and PlayStation 3 had 3 each, and a single
PlayStation 2 game made the chart.
The top 20-selling games for U.S. consoles in April 2009 at retail were listed as follows:
There are several other points of interest in this month's
software sales data.
[As always, many thanks to the NPD Group for its monthly release of
the videogame industry data. Additional credit is due to Mr. Michael
Pachter, analyst for Wedbush Morgan Securities, for his industry
analysis. Moreover, thanks to my colleagues at Gamasutra and on NeoGAF
for many helpful discussions.]
While analysts were vocally
disappointed in sales of Take 2's Chinatown Wars during
its launch in March, it did have a relatively strong follow-on with
74,000 additional units during its second month, according to figures provided to Gamasutra by the NPD Group.
With the additional April sales, life-to-date sales for the title have reached 163,000. Notably, sales of the game may have
been bolstered when Best Buy discounted the game from $35 to $20
temporarily in April.
As of April, Wii Fit has made 12 consecutive
appearances on the top 10 list and has reached LTD sales of 7.0
million units. Simultaneously Mario Kart Wii made its 13th
consecutive appearance on the chart with a total of 5.9 million
units and Wii Play made its 27th consecutive
appearance with over 10.6 million units.
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith was heavily discounted at
several retailers during April 2009. The Xbox 360 version made it to
#9 on the overall chart and each version for the PlayStation 3,
PlayStation 2, and Wii made it onto those platforms respective top
The only new console game to make it into the top 20 games
for the month was The Godfather II from Electronic Arts. The
Xbox 360 version moved 155,000 units and placed 5th while
the PlayStation 3 version sold only 91,000 units and took 10th.
According to data provided to Gamasutra for this report, Sony's Killzone 2 sold 58,000 units for the month,
dropping it out of the top 20 and bringing its LTD sales to 677,000
As a result of the Killzone 2 figure, we know that
Guitar Hero: Metallica for the PlayStation 2 and Major
League Baseball 2K9 for the Xbox 360 (numbers 19 and 20 on the
chart above) sold in excess of 58,000 units each during April.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena for
the Xbox 360 did not reach into the top 20 with its sales in April,
but NPD Group data provided to us revealed sales of 57,000 units for the month.
From Dark Athena's position on the Xbox 360 software chart, we can deduce that Halo 3 and Halo Wars each sold
somewhere between 57,000 and 74,000 units.