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NPD December 2010 – Xbox 360 sees YoY increase with 1.86 million units, Black Ops is software winner

Friday, 14 January 2011 07:31 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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NPD figures for the month of December 2010, released last night, showed that Xbox 360 enjoyed year-on-year increase for the month – the only console to do so – with 1.9 million sales in the US.

Call of Duty: Black Ops topped the December charts, and was also named the biggest-selling American game of 2010.

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Hardware – 360 sees biggest month ever, only console to perform YoY increase

While NPD now leaves it to platform holders to release hardware numbers at their own discretion, it was revealed that Xbox 360 hardware numbers were at 1.86 million units for last month: 360 was the only console to see a year-over-year increase, rising 42 percent over December 2009. It was the biggest American month ever for the Microsoft console.

Despite that, however, Nintendo DS was the biggest selling console for the month with sales of 2.5 million units, according to Nintendo. The handheld saw a 24 percent decrease compared to last year. With these numbers, and having sold 8.5 million units throughout the year, the total LtD numbers for DS is at now at 47 million.

That milestone means DS has now passed PlayStation 2′s LtD sales numbers in the US.

According to the LA Times, PS3 sold 1.21 million units in December, which was down 11 percent on 2009. Wii sold 2.26 million units, suffering a 38 percent decrease.

Among all categories in December, including hardware, software and accessories, Wii and Xbox 360 garnered the greatest dollar sales with 32 percent and 31 percent respectively.

Full list is below.

  • Nintendo DS – 2.5 million
  • Nintendo Wii – 2.36 million
  • Xbox 360 – 1.86 million
  • PlayStation 3 – 1.21 million

Software – Black Ops wins December and 2010

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Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops was the main software winner for December as well as 2010 as a whole.

Just Dance 2 came second, beating World of Warcraft: Cataclysm which sold 1.5 million units for the month. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Donkey Kong: Country Returns rounded out the top five.

After getting off to a very slow start last month, Disney’s Epic Mickey picked up in sales from November, selling 1.32 million units, according to GAF.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit finished the top ten with sales of 906,000 for the month. Gran Turismo 5 dropped out of the top ten, having debuted at eight in November, but IG reports it sold 560,000.

Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg tweeted that Kinect Sports and Dance Central, since their debut in November, have now gone on to sell 1 million units. This is presumably LtD numbers.

The full top ten for software in December 2010 is below.

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Treyarch, Activision)
  2. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)
  3. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (Blizzard, Blizzard)
  4. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft)
  5. Donkey Kong: Country Returns (Retro Studios, Nintendo)
  6. Disney’s Epic Mickey (Junction Point, Disney)
  7. Madden NFL 11 (EA Tiburon, EA Sports)
  8. Michael Jackson: The Experience (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)
  9. NBA 2K11 (2K Sports, 2K Games)
  10. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (Criterion Games, EA Games)

A round-up of the best-selling games in 2010 in the US is here.

Other – Industry down 5 percent for entire year, 9 percent for December

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Despite December 2010 being called “one of the strongest monthly performances the industry has ever had at retail” by ESA president Michael Gallagher, results for the industry were down by nine percent for December and 5 percent for 2010.

Total spending in 2010 on gaming was in the region of $15.4-$15.6 billion, according to NPD, showing sales were down by 1 percent on 2009.

Retail sales in the US of portable, console and PC software was down by five percent on last year, gaining $10.1 billion in 2010 to the $10.6 billion generated in 2009.

Sales of physical hardware, software and accessories in 2010 generated $18.6 billion for 2010, a six percent decrease from last year, although with PC games included, sales were at $19.3 billion.

PC game sales were up three percent against 2009, with accessory sales up 13 percent “due to an increase in the average retail price of accessory items of 20 percent,” according to NPD.

“The dynamics of games content purchasing changed dramatically in 2010 with options ranging from the physical product to digital downloads on connected devices as well as in-store digital kiosks,” said Anita Frazier of NPD.

“The increasing number of ways to acquire the content has allowed the industry to maintain total consumer spend on content as compared to 2009, and we should expect 2011 to be a growth year in the games industry as the consumer demand for gaming continues to evolve,” she added.

A final estimate on total consumer spend for the year of 2010 will release in March.

Responses – Sony focusses on software increase, Microsoft trumpets year-on-year hardware increase and Kinect sales

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Sony focussed on a year-on-year 32 percent software increase in December in its post-NPD statement, as well as Move and the upcoming releases of Killzone 3 and LittleBigPlanet 2, which has scored a 94 so far on MetaCritic.

“Since PlayStation Move was introduced in September, millions of consumers and gamers have joined the PlayStation family,” said SCEA senior director of corporate comms, Patrick Seybold.

“The key to Move’s long-term success is developer and publisher support; enabling PlayStation to offer the most diverse line up of motion and 3D games. The combination of innovative hardware and a relentless line up of blockbuster titles is why the PS3 is perhaps the only console that grows more valuable over time.”

Microsoft, meanwhile, decided to focus on its big 360 YoY increase as well as the 8 million sales of Kinect it announced at CES at the start of the month.

It further promised that “several surprises” were to come from Microsoft for 360 in 2011, which would make it “another banner year for Xbox 360″ according to the company.

Nintendo’s statement is below, as is the rest of the NPD news from last night:

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14 Comments

  1. onyxbox

    guess Kinect did the trick then

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Wow, Wii really caned it in the software charts too. Surprising to see Epic Mickey doing so well over there when it did practically nothing in the UK.

    Equally surprising to see the DS still so popular when it’s on the verge of being sidelined. Have there even been any high-profile DS games released in the last six months?

    So after all the ‘it’s over for Nintendo’ talk they’ve turned it around again. Seems a Nintendo is for Christmas, not for life. :-D

    How long before we see a US PS3 price cut, then?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Michael O’Connor

    @2 It was never “all over for Nintendo”. Their figures were simply going down. And even then, they’re still trouncing everyone else.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    I never said it was. But plenty of people did, especially when the 360 started outselling the Wii for the last few months.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    I could have sworn I posted this… but here’s some LTD sales. More as I see them.

    Call of Duty: Black Ops – Over 12.0m
    Asscreed Bro – Over 2.5m
    Just Dance 2 – Over 2.2m
    Dance Central – Over 1.0m
    Kinect Sports – Over 1.0m
    Gran Turismo 5 – 0.96m

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Kinect Sports outsells GT5? What sorcery is this?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Aimless

    @6 Numbers for GT5 aren’t tracked properly until it’s done installing.

    I imagine a lot of people simply switched to Forza over the intervening years, to be honest. GT has always been something of a niche curio that’s somehow found its way into the spotlight. Not to say it’s a bad game, although realistic racers aren’t my thing.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. G1GAHURTZ

    THE CONSOLE WARS ARE OVER!

    WE FINALLY HAVE A WINNER!!!!

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Psychotext

    “WE FINALLY HAVE A WINNER!!!!”

    That was clear 6 months after the Wii launched.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. NiceFellow

    Real winner is Wii at this point. Sure it’s down YOY but in real terms (units) it’s still way ahead. It’s sales are dipping a bit with respect to itself but in real terms its selling more software and hardware and is therefore continuing to grow a larger presence.

    The 360 is up YOY sure, and it’s a good performance particularly for Kinect, but it still leaves it behind Wii nonetheless. Unless Kinect really takes off it’ll probably be down YOY next year as it was dipping badly during 2010 until the slim/Kinect boost.

    PS3 is actually acceptable as it’s down YOY as last year contained the Slim/Price cut boosts while this year it had no major software and only Move, which was launched low key and fairly far from December. Overall it’s holding well enough in US.

    @6 and 7 – GT has been dropping in popularity in US for a while, the numbers aren’t any surprise and in line with franchise trends in the region. GT has also been trending up in EMEA and looks to be kicking ass there. Japan is probably the only real disappointment for GT and this gen Japan has disappointed in sales for lots of franchises.

    Forza does okay but a ton of its sales are via bundles rather than standalone. Racing titles that are closer to sims just aren’t huge in US currently. Forza has a slight advantage over GT due to 360 vs PS3 install base but even that doesn’t make much difference if you remove bundles from the equation.

    I’m just curious to see if Kinect shows serious legs or not in terms of demand. That’s the real test, not having a good launch/holiday spike.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Psychotext

    Unless Kinect really takes off it’ll probably be down YOY next year as it was dipping badly during 2010 until the slim/Kinect boost.

    That’s not actually right. Prior to the S model being released the 360 was up 3% in the US vs the same period in 2009, and prior to Kinect being released it was up 34% vs the same period in 2009.

    PS3 is actually acceptable as it’s down YOY as last year contained the Slim/Price cut boosts while this year it had no major software and only Move, which was launched low key and fairly far from December.

    I’m going to get shit for “attacking the PS3″ here… but this year the PS3 had God of War 3, FFXIII (Ok, this was multiplatform, but PS3 version sales bitchslapped 360 version sales) and GT5. Those are some of the biggest hitters the PlayStation has. It was also on sale at a lower price than 2009 for 8 out of 12 months. (The PS3 had its price dropped / slim released in September 2009)

    Forza has a slight advantage over GT due to 360 vs PS3 install base but even that doesn’t make much difference if you remove bundles from the equation.

    Forza sales don’t come close to GT sales, not even vaguely close. Not sure what gave you that impression.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Gheritt White

    @ 10: No major software? Where the fuck is your God of War 3, Heavy Rain, Gran Turismo 5 and MAG now?

    #12 4 years ago
  13. OlderGamer

    “I’m going to get shit for “attacking the PS3″ here… ”

    Not from anyone with a level head and a realistic unbiased pov. Sometimes you just have to call a spade a spade.

    Its not the end of the world for PS3, and of course your not saying it is either. But in the end it is what it is.

    Despite some already solid software, and more on the way the PS3 is third on the console list. Its yoy software sales reflect that.

    Anything more then that is pew pew pew.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Ge0force

    Casual gaming outsells core gaming, what’s new?

    #14 4 years ago

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  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]

  • Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available

    Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available and you can grab the new Assembly Kit as a beta through the tools menu via your Steam library. The Creative Assembly said the tools will be “immediately familiar” to modders of Rome 2 and Shogun 2, but the new version is the most “extensive” […]