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NPD March 2010: Microsoft pleased with figures, says bring on E3

Friday, 16th April 2010 01:25 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Microsoft has responded to tonight’s NPD figures for March 2010, stating that the company has maintained its hardware and software sales momentum, as it readies its guns for “some the biggest entertainment experiences of the year” at E3 in June.

MS is to hold two different events at E3: a press conference, and the Natal Experience.

Citing the software figures, it was noted by Microsoft that 65 percent of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 sales were on Xbox 360, with approximately 826K units moved.

Due to these figures, Microsoft says it’s ahead in life-to-date third-party game sales with $191M in third-party publisher sales for March alone – more than any other console.

When it came to hardware, 338K Xbox 360 consoles were sold in March, which MS said is “just in time to test and help refine the biggest blockbuster game of 2010 in the Halo: Reach” multiplayer Beta starting on May 3″.

Microsoft was also quick to point out the pending launch of Alan Wake on May 18 in the US, which the company expects to “help grow Xbox 360’s already industry-leading software attach rate of 8.8 games”.

It also brought up Gears of War 3, coming exclusively to Xbox 360 in April 2011. That’s when “the world will experience the epic story finale to the Gears of War”, said MS.

“Xbox Live delivers more entertainment to more people than any other service,” read the statement.

“The release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package shattered Xbox Live records as more than one million gamers worldwide downloaded the map pack in the first 24 hours alone, surpassing the 2.5 million mark within the first week.

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 players have invested more than 1.75 billion hours of gameplay on Xbox Live alone since the title’s release in November 2009″.

Anita Fraizer noted that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is now the second-best-selling game of all time, after Wii Play in her industry note this evening.

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  1. NoxNoctisUmbra

    NO wonder so many Xboxes are sold, because almost half of them will break, and most people will buy a new one because waiting 5 months to get replacement is just pain in the ass.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. ybfelix

    You are talking out of your … I live in mainland China where there’s no official support for replacing RROD’d 360s. People have to mail broken consoles to resellers, who then deliver to Hong Kong, then the reverse route. It still takes a month at most.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. NoxNoctisUmbra

    Of course it does not take 5 months. A month the MOST in the USA to replace one under warranty. But many people just rather buy a new and fresh one, and get it within the same or next day.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. sashioni

    Lol everything Greenberg cited are shooters…

    #4 4 years ago
  5. sennasnit

    I didn’t notice any mention of FFXIII… Didn’t MS say they would sell more than the PS3 version?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Blerk

    I don’t recall them ever saying that. It would’ve been a pretty stupid thing for them to say anyway.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. sennasnit

    They did Blerk
    http://finalfantasy-xiii.net/2009/03/21/microsoft-final-fantasy-xiii-will-sell-more-on-xbox-360.html

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Blerk

    Ha ha! Clowns!

    #8 4 years ago
  9. The Hindle

    There is only like 20k difference between Sony and Microsoft now in NA id say for all intent and purposes they are even in NA.

    #9 4 years ago