NPD: Xbox 360 moves 297K units, PS3 sales up 13%

Thursday, 12th May 2011 23:08 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

NPD has reported that in April, industry sales were up 20 percent year-over-year to $961.2 million, with Easter holiday sales attributed to $60 million of the total figure. Xbox 360 was once again the best-selling console for the month, and Mortal Kombat was the clear software winner.

Hardware up 12 percent, Xbox 360 moves 297,000 units

Total hardware sales for the period were up 12 percent to $279.9 million, making it the third consecutive month the sector has seen growth.

PS3, PSP and Xbox 360 all saw an increase in sales year-over-year,  with Xbox 360 once again the best selling hardware for the month, followed by Nintendo DS.

NPD said PS3 consoles saw double-digit hardware growth in April with PS3 sales up nearly 13 percent to 204,300.

Xbox 360 was was again the number one console in April, making it tops for 10 out of the last 11 months. The continued momentum was attributed to demand for Kinect.

The console sold 297,000 units in April, which is a 60 percent increase year over year,and total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform, which includes hardware, software and accessories, reached $310 million for the month – the highest among current generation consoles.

Nintendo reported that Wii moved 172,000 units which is down 38 percent year-over-year, and 40 percent compared to March’s figured. It also said in a statement that 3DS moved 194,000 units.

NeoGAF has posted preliminary figures for life-to-date hardware sales as well as year-to-date figures, which we cannot totally confirm, but it should give you a base idea of how each offering is doing (thanks Mike):

YTD units sold

  • 360: 1,646,214
  • PS3: 1,238,948
  • Wii: 1,235,870
  • 3DS: 592,000

LTD units sold

  • 360: 27,041,373
  • PS3: 16,700,921
  • Wii: 35,385,494
  • 3DS: 592,000

Software up, Mortal Kombat king

Sales of videogame titles were up 26 percent to $503.2 million, with NPD the growth to the release of Mortal Kombat which moved close to 900,000 units. This was the first time since November 2010 that software sales have shown growth for a reporting period.

Portal 2 was the second best-selling game for the month, and LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, debuted in the third spot. Call of Duty: Black Ops maintained a spot in the top five, and once again, Ubisoft had two dance titles in the top 10.

“The content slate was stronger this year versus last April,” said Frazier. “Five games sold more than 250,000 units in April 2011 as opposed to just two last April. Games that would appear in the top ten ranking on a SKU basis for April include “NDS Pokemon Black Version,” and “PS3 SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs.

“If sales of the SOCOM Move accessory bundle were combined with software sales, this game would have ranked in the top ten titles as well.”

Sony software sales were up, with a 40 percent increase year-over year.

“We continue to see a lot of great momentum at the retail level, and appreciate the support we’ve received from our partners, retailers and customers since the criminal attack on the PlayStation Network,” said Patrick Seybold, SECA’s director of corporate communications in a statement.

“We hope to have services restored as soon as we can.”

Microsoft reported Dance Central sales have eclipsed 2.5 million units worldwide, and that the firm plans to triple the size of its Kinect portfolio by the end of the year. The firm also said sales for Kinect Sports have surpassed 3 million units worldwide.

During the month of April, half of the top ten console game titles were available for Xbox 360 including: Mortal Kombat, Portal 2, Crysis 2, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters, and Michael Jackson: The Experience.

NPD Software Top 10 (figures posted by NeoGAF)

  1. Mortal Kombat – 900,000; over 1 million with special editions
  2. Portal 2 – 637,000
  3. LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  5. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters
  6. Crysis 2 – 236,000
  7. Just Dance 2
  8. Michael Jackson The Experience
  9. Pokemon White Version
  10. NBA 2K11 – 190,000

Other bits and bobs

Accessories were up 20 percent to $147.6 million, and during April, the Xbox 360 Live 1600 Points Game Card was the top seller.

“On a year-to-date basis, video games accessories realized the greatest year-over-year percentage increase of all categories,” said NPD’s Anita Frazier.

“Sony’s SOCOM 4: Full Deployment Bundle, which included the Sharpshooter as well as the Move, was the top new accessory release.”



  1. The_Red

    I’m really curious about the effects of PSN outage on PS3 sales. I mean, imagine if PSN had gone down around time a Call of Duty was coming out…

    #1 4 years ago
  2. SOMI

    Looks like Nintendo are dead in the water, thanks god, dead and buried is best for them. I can’t understand them turning up at E3, they will suck as always. xbox and PS3 rule.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. The_Red

    While I’d love to see Nintendo die and be gone forever, this news story has nothing to do with. Only Sony and MS have released info so far (And even then Sony was afraid of showing real numbers, instead of “growth rate”).
    DS (Not 3DS) will continue to sell very well and Wii won’t be that far behind. With Wii 2 though, this years E3 is gonaa be really interesting. Imagine Modern Warfare 3 and other violent shooters announced for a Nintendo system.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    I want to know how much units left till Playstation 3 outsells Exbawks Three sixty (!) Worldwide. (Or just when)

    I honestly think that this year we are going to see that.

    Judging by wikipedia (and i love Wiki):

    Units sold 50 million (as of March 29, 2011 ) – Playstation 3

    Units sold Worldwide: 53.6 million (as of March 31, 2011 ) – XBOX 360

    #4 4 years ago
  5. SOMI

    @3 Wii 2 will be crap as anything, and I really advice 3rd party no to do anything with Wii 2 and focus on real systems. putting MW3 on Wii 2 will be a waste of time.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. The_Red

    Do you really think PS3 is gonna overtake 360 now, after the PSN disaster? I’m a PS3 owner and not being able to play Mortal Kombat online is simply making me hate the system even it the hackers are responsible for the whole thing.

    I don’t know. Publishers will port anything to anything if there’s money to be made. I just hope they don’t bring another crappy casual gimmick into the market like they did with Wii.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. daytripper

    @1 that will be may’s npd

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Lahanas

    “leading Microsoft announced it plans to triple the size of its Kinect portfolio by the end of the year”

    One more confirmation that MS doesnt give a rat’s ass about us real gamers anymore. What a disgrace for the company that up until some years ago was the core gamers’ favorite. What a disgrace for a company that is in the good position its in right now because of the core gamers.

    I love the 360, its my favorite console this gen. But last year and especially this year it keeps giving me less and less reasons to enjoy it, while PS3 keeps getting one exclusive after the other. Gears and Forza only? Really MS?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. SOMI

    May NPD will be funny, Wii will be below 100K.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Razor


    WAHEY!! :D

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Stephany Nunneley

    Okay I have some figures etc. I will start thickening the post up now.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. The_Red

    Thanks. Also, are the software numbers out?

    1. Mortal Kombat (PS3/360) – Warner Bros. Interactive
    2. Portal 2 (PS3/360/PC) – EA
    3. LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Wii/DS/360/3DS/PS3/PC) – LucasAsrts
    4. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360/PS3/DS/Wii/PC) – Activision Blizzard
    5. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 (360/PS3/Wii) – EA
    6. Crysis 2 (360/PS3/PC) – EA
    7. Just Dance (Wii) – Ubisoft
    8. Michael Jackson The Experience (360/Wii/PS3/DS/PSP) – Ubisoft
    9. Pokemon White (DS) – Nintendo
    10. NBA 2K11 (360/PS3/Wii/PSP/PS2/PC) – Take 2 Interactive

    #12 4 years ago
  13. The_Red

    And Michael Pachter had predicted that Portal 2 will outsell MK 5to1 on consoles…

    Portal 2′s total sales will be bigger though, mostly due to Steam. Overall, these numbers speak really badly about 8 other games on the list since both Portal and MK have been out for only a third of the month. I was also expecting a higher place for Pokemon (Though separate sales for 2 versions are reported). And SOCOM4 didn’t even make it to the top 10. Talk about bad luck for Sony.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Stephany Nunneley

    Its done. A bit late apparently. You all already know. :(

    #14 4 years ago
  15. daytripper

    @8 get a ps3 like me and you have the best of both, i know what you are saying and agree. when the 360 started off it had stuff like dead rising, forza, mass effect, halo 3, perfect dark, gears 1 etc now that portfolio has gotten thinner.

    with the money that they have they could of done a better job of securing studios to make games for xbox and pc, bioware was a studio i thought ms could of gone for, building an even stronger portfolio with epic was another but it hasnt happened.

    core games are the bread and butter of xbox, fps, third person, racing whatever, they need to do a better job of balancing the kinect and controller portfolio exclusive to their platform.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Hunam

    Thing is they had the studios, but for some reason systematically sold them off or shut them down. I thought it was them wanting to be a 3rd party publisher instead, you know getting big devs to makes games for them like epic etc, but it seems like they just wanted to let everyone get on with it. Like they did with windows, they just put it out and fix and problems and let developers just get on with it rather than trying to build a unique platform themselves.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. The_Red

    Thanks. That “Mortal Kombat king” title more than makes up for the delay (MK fanboy here :) ).

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Stephany Nunneley

    @17 :D It just takes me a long time to get all the math sorted and organizing everything. Also, I think I’m getting MK once I finish LC & TGoL.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. SOMI

    Nintendo are quiet, maybe Miyamoto died or something lol I hope so anyway.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. daytripper

    wonder what makes a person post a wish for death for a games developer? the internet really does bring out the shit

    #20 4 years ago
  21. SOMI

    He might as well be now nintendo are on a steep downward spiral, and after E3 they will die for good with their constant lame announcements.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. The_Red

    @ Thanks again and glad to hear you’re getting MK. Hopefully you’ll like it :)
    I am insanely in love with its story mode. It has the perfect combination of B-movie camp with some bleak and tragic themes in an epic mode.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Custard Ganet

    Why the fuck would anyone who is a gamer want to see a game making company “die” and go out of business? you guys really aint gamers, just hate filled fucktards.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Psychotext

    “Thing is they had the studios, but for some reason systematically sold them off or shut them down.”t

    They were losing billions of dollars. It was only after *ahem* streamlining the gaming division that they started to make money. Sony, to their credit, lost billions and barely made any cuts at all (though they did make some).

    #24 4 years ago

    I think the 360 will sell even more next month.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. dreamcastnews

    SOMI, why don’t you back off the Nintendo hate campaign? Have they stole your last tenner? No. Have they raped your mother no? Did they force you to buy their consoles..? No. So just stfu seriously. You don’t like Nintendo and like some 10 year old you want them all dead. Fine I get it you obviously have a bee in your bonnet about how ‘competition’ works in business. Nintendo might not have won any of the hardcore Market this time around and maybe made a few mistakes with the Wii, but it did sell 70 million units of a console almost exactly like the PS2. Don’t forget Microsoft & Sony keep a close eye on Nintendo these days to see what ideas are worth putting into their system. Would we have Kinect and Move without Wii?

    How about owning all three systems before flaming one, and even then do it constructively instead of the pre-school I wish them dead bullshit.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Ge0force

    IS NPD United States only? On VgChartz, PS3 sells worldwide better than x360. Even American game sales are lead bij ps3-version of Mortal Kombat there.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Johnny Cullen

    NPD is US only. And VGChartz figures are bollocks.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Blerk

    Seems the 360′s really gotten its second wind in the US. I’m going to give up predicting what’s going to be successful and what isn’t. :-|

    #29 4 years ago
  30. The_Red

    The 360 version of Mortal Kombat was lead. Check out the separate SKU sales.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Ge0force


    America’s top-10:

    1 X360 Portal 2 85,431
    2 PS3 Mortal Kombat 70,912
    3 X360 Mortal Kombat 68,464


    1 PS3 Mortal Kombat 123,583
    4 X360 Mortal Kombat 107,807

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Blerk

    You really can’t trust VGChartz figures. They’re total fabrication.

    Edit: That’s not to say that the PS3 version COULDN’T have sold more (I genuinely have no idea), just that I’d like to see it confirmed from a source that doesn’t ‘make shit up’. :-)

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Ge0force

    #32 You’re right of course, but there’s no way to verify which source doesn’t make shit up.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Blerk

    I guess the figures would have to come from the NPD (which they don’t any more, and even then they’d only come from the US) or from the publisher themselves.

    It’s such a shame how little data we have now. I used to like looking through all that stuff. :-(

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Gadzooks!

    VGCharts are very hit and miss for fresh data like month one sales, but tend to be reasonably accurate on longer term tracking.

    Its usefull for trending and historical analysis but not much else.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Blerk

    They used to adjust their figures retrospectively when the real NPD data appeared. Surely they can’t do that any more now?

    #36 4 years ago
  37. The_Red

    @31 & @32
    You do realize that American sales for MK are around 900k (Updated to 1 Million on source) but VGChartz is reporting 70k and 80k for a week? Their numbers are joke. Seriously off. Simply bollocks as Cullen said.

    Credits to NeoGAF poster:
    Top 10 Individual SKUs include:
    -Mortal Kombat (360)
    -Portal 2 (360)
    -Crysis 2 (360)
    -Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters (360)
    -Michael Jackson: The Experience (360)
    -Pokemon White (NDS)
    -Pokemon Black (NDS)
    -Just Dance 2 (Wii)
    -SOCOM 4 (PS3)

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Gadzooks!

    Aye Blerk. As I understand it they retrospectively update from a range of official sources but unless NPD data filers out through other channels they going to be even less reliable than before.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. Psychotext

    “Their numbers are joke. Seriously off. Simply bollocks as Cullen said.”

    Yet sadly people keep posting them. I should start my own site, use the name and see if people are still dumb enough to take my random numbers as fact. :D

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Blerk


    #40 4 years ago
  41. Psychotext


    #41 4 years ago
  42. Stephany Nunneley

    Added Wii and 3DS figures in there from Nintendo, which shows Wii down 38% yoy and 40% compared to March.

    There’s also some preliminary figures for LTD and YTD in there for hardware thanks to GAF, and some numbers pertaining to software as well.

    @37 I am unsure if all those being on 360 are correct. Microsoft said in a statement that games in the top 10 were available for the console as well, but it never said all were for 360. I think that is where the confusion in that GAF post came from, which cites a Gama post on the matter. The Gama post has the exact same statement from MS given to us which reads: “half of the top ten console game titles were for Xbox 360 including: “Mortal Kombat,” “Portal 2,” “Crysis 2,” “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters,” and “Michael Jackson: The Experience.”

    Which is a very loaded statement which could be taken either way – however, since I get the official statement each month, just so you all know, it ALWAYS reads like that. :)

    #42 4 years ago
  43. ManuOtaku

    Well for me 172.000 units for the wii are still pretty good numbers, of course is a decline but they are still selling it, and if you add christmas time selling numbers i think they are doing pretty good to maintain the lead and maybe they end up getting the 100 million millestone.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. Stephany Nunneley

    @43 I expect the price cut to show a significant increase in the next period. It always helps no matter what the format is – Ms. Obvious here. :D

    #44 4 years ago
  45. ManuOtaku

    #44 oh yes Stephany indeed that will help them for the rest of the year, i just hope the bring pandoras tower, xenoblade and the last story games to the U.S that together with zelda skysword and the new kirby should help them to increase the numbers in christmas time.

    #45 4 years ago
  46. The_Red

    Good point on the MS statement. The PS3 versions of MK and Portal 2 could be the 3rd and 4th best selling game on separate SKU list.

    Next month will probably be the month that MS could really take the lead since the public learned of the real PSN-gate in early May.

    #46 4 years ago

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