Tag Archives: november npd 2009
Sat, Dec 12, 2009 | 16:47 GMT
NPD has released PC sales figures for November, and estimates that $51.7 million was spent on software in retail stores, but per usual, does not take into account digital distribution sales.
Yesterday, Anita Frazier tweeted that PC sales for the year were at $1.46B for the year, which is down 6.6 percent YoY.
She also tweeted the top five videogame properties for the year in terms of sales through November, which were Call of Duty, Wii Fit, Mario Bros., Guitar Hero, and Rock Band, respectively.
More through the links.
Fri, Dec 11, 2009 | 22:01 GMT
The top 20 best sellers on the November NPD software list, were revealed today.
While we don’t have numbers for the bottom half, Michael Pachter stated that “34 titles sold over 100,000 units in November 2009″, which means that sales for 11-20 fell into the 315,000 and 100,000 units range.
Here’s the bottom portion of the list, with last night’s top 10 through here.
- Wii Play (Wii)
- Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Wii)
- Value Game Bundle (Wii)
- Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (DS)
- Dragon Age: Origins (PS3)
- Value Game Bundle (Wii)
- God of War Collection (PS3)
- Halo 3: ODST (360)
- Borderlands (360)
- Madden NFL 10 (360)
Fri, Dec 11, 2009 | 17:54 GMT
Sony has responded to the November NPDs, by touting the console’s growth by 88 percent YoY, and how sales were up 122 percent over last month’s figures (320.6K).
“In November, PS3 was the only hardware console to see any growth when compared to last November, experiencing an 88 percent lift and a 122 percent increase from the previous month,” stated SCEA CEO Jack Tretton via email.
“The sheer appetite and interest in the PS3 this holiday has been overwhelming and is exceeding our expectations. So much so, some retailers are expected to experience tight supply this December.
“There’s no question the holidays are looking very bright for PlayStation and we’re confident that the new year is on pace for the same with hugely anticipated titles hitting the platform, such as MAG, God of War III, BioShock 2, and Final Fantasy XIII.”
November was the console’s third-best month in unit sales ever, having moved 710.4K units, coming in just under December ‘07 and ‘08 figures.
Fri, Dec 11, 2009 | 14:52 GMT
NOA’s Reggie Fils-Aime has said that despite the decline in hardware sales for this year, software will prove to be huge this year and in 2010.
“The record year of 2008 is very difficult to overlap. I look at our performance and see it’s right on track with where we believed it would be,” Fils-Aime told Bloomberg. “Our read on the consumer is very strong. What we are seeing today is a strong momentum for hardware and software.
“Profitability in this industry is in software. The software peak in this industry should be this year and next year. This industry is cyclical in that a system’s sales peak in the third calendar year. The fact that we’ve seen a decline year on year is standard.”
Truly, 2008 was a banner year, and while it will be hard to top that in terms of sales – all those great games pushed into 2010 may just come close to doing it.
Fri, Dec 11, 2009 | 01:27 GMT
Nintendo has responded to the November NPDs, stating that DS has set an all-time record for the month while the installed base for Wii has surpassed 23 million in the US – with both systems selling over 3 million units combined.
With Nintendo hardware representing more than half of all video game systems sold in the US through November, Wii moved more than 1.25 million units making it the “fastest-selling home console to surpass an installed base of 23 million.”
DS was not to be left out, though, as it set a record for the most hand-held video game systems sold in the month of November – ever. According to NPD numbers, 1.7 million units were moved compared to 1.57 million in November 2008.
“Nintendo products top Amazon.com’s Most Wished For and Most Gifted lists for video games, and Wii remains at or near the top of the most-searched for video game terms on Yahoo!,” said NOA VP Cammie Dunaway. “As families and friends gather for the holidays, Nintendo games offer the best shared experiences.”
Four games published for Nintendo finished in the top 10 with New Super Mario Bros. Wii, coming in at number three with nearly 1.4 million units sold and when you combine that with Nintendo’s internal sales figures, the game has already surpassed the 2 million sales mark when including December sales figures.
Other top 10 NPD titles included Wii Sports Resort with more than 580,000 sold, Wii Fit Plus moving more than 490,000 and Mario Kart Wii with more than 310,000 sold.
Approximate year to date figures cited by Nintendo include:
- Wii Fit – 3.5 million units
- Wii Sports Resort – 2.4 million units
- Mario Kart Wii – 2.2 million units
- Wii Play – 2.1 million units
- Pokémon Platinum Version – 1.9 million units
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii – 1.4 million units
- Wii Fit Plus- 1.1 million units
Fri, Dec 11, 2009 | 01:31 GMT
NPD figures for November revealed that Tony Hawk: RIDE crashed and burned at retail for the month, moving only 114K units across all platforms since its release on the 17th.
While reviews were not very kind to the game, it’s a no brainer that the $120 price tag probably was a contributing factor that kept folks from picking it up – despite the innovative skateboard peripheral.
December may be a bit kinder to the title, what with consumers purchasing gifts and what not, so hopefully things will get better for the skating game -otherwise the sequel may get shelved.
That or it will only be remembered as Tony Hawk: RIDE – Epic Fail.
More through IndustryGamers.
Fri, Dec 11, 2009 | 00:24 GMT
Microsoft seemed rather pleased with the NPD figures for November, citing the move of 819.5K units and calling it the “best-ever November in Xbox 360 history”, repeatedly.
The Seattle giant was also pleased with Modern Warfare 2 selling 4.2 million units on the console beating out the PS3 version by more than two-to-one.
It also brought up the fact that more than 5.2 million multiplayer hours on XBL were logged playing Modern Warfare 2 on the first day alone – which scrambles our brain to be honest.
Xbox 360 also led games sales in November, with four of the top ten console games with third party titles selling “more on Xbox 360 last month than on the other current generation platforms combined.”
Assassin’s Creed II, Left 4 Dead 2, and Dragon Age: Origins rounded out 360 versions on the NPD top ten and it was the company’s “best-ever November for game sales, reaching $514 million in total sales”.
Consumers also spent a whopping $838 million on 360 hardware, software and accessories, adding to the stellar month for Microsoft.
Fri, Dec 11, 2009 | 00:29 GMT
Overall industry sales were down 7.6 percent versus last November, but still revenues were enough to make this the second-best November in industry history taking into account the incredible year that was 2008.
Year to date, the industry is still up 7 percent over 2007, and it looks like December may help fatten the number with the stellar promotions the industry has planned leased up to Christmas.
“Based on seasonality the industry looks like it will reach $20 billion for the year, which means December would have to be up over last year by 11 percent. Impossible? I don’t think so,” said NPD’s Anita Frazier. “More positive economic news combined with ‘frugal fatigue’ could positively impact industry sales during these last weeks of the holiday season. Breaking even seems more out of reach.
“In order to break even to last year, December sales would have to be up 36 percent over December 2008.
“There was even heavier promotional activity this year than normal, and while they seem to have benefited hardware sales, they don’t appear to have positively impacted software sales since unit sales of software are down even more than dollar sales are for that category.”
Still, second best November on record. That has to stand for something. All told, retail sales of systems, software and accessories totaled $2.7 billion.
Fri, Dec 11, 2009 | 00:41 GMT
Hardware sales totaled $1.05 billion for the month despite being down year-over-year by around 13 percent.
But Nintendo is sitting rather well, having moved 1.7 million DS units for November, and Wii hitting at 1.26 million selling two and a half times what it did in October.
Xbox 360 tripled in sales, and Sony doubled making the hardware sales only around 12 percent behind what the overall figures were this time last year.
Here’s the full thing:
- Nintendo DS – 1.70M
- Wii – 1.26M
- Xbox 360 – 819.5K
- PlayStation 3 – 710.4K
- PSP – 293.9K
- PlayStation 2 – 203.1K
“All hardware systems realized an increase over October but one would expect that from seasonality alone ,” said NPD’s Anita Frazier. “I was really impressed by the performance of the PS2, which after 109 months in market is still experiencing strong sales (Nov’09 unit sales of over 200K – only a small decline from last November).
“While there has been a lot of focus on Wii sales as compared to last year, the system was still the best-selling console system by a margin of 54 percent. At this same point in the PS2 lifecycle, the PS2 was down in unit sales by 23 percent over the previous year, but as history has shown, it continues to have a great deal of life left in it. So focusing on a comparison to Wii’s stellar 2008 performance masks the reality of just how well this system is selling.
“The PS3 realized the greatest increase over last year’s November sales and had its third best month in unit sales ever, coming in just under Decembers ’07 and ’08.”
Fri, Dec 11, 2009 | 00:55 GMT
Looks like Modern Warfare 2 was tops in November, unsurprisingly, selling over 6 million copies combined on PS3 and Xbox 360 with the later the clear winner at 4.20 million units moved.
New Super Mario Bros Wii didn’t do too bad though, as it moved 1.39 million units.
Here’s the full thing:
- Modern Warfare 2 (360) – 4.20M
- Modern Warfare 2 (PS3) – 1.87M
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii – 1.39M
- Assassin’s Creed II (360) – 794.7K
- Left 4 Dead 2 (360) -744.0K
- Wii Sports Resort – 720.2K
- Wii Fit Plus – 679.0K
- Assassin’s Creed II (PS3) – 448.4K
- Dragon Age: Origins (360) – 362.1K
- Mario Kart Wii -315.0K
“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has achieved the top spot for first-month sales of any game at the title level,” said NPD’s Anita Frazier. “Halo 3 previously held the spot when it sold 3.3 million units in September ’07 in 12 days at retail. MW2 bested Halo 3′s daily sales rate by 16 percent in its 19 days at retail in November.
“While this year’s top-selling item bested last year’s by 283 percent, it couldn’t make up for softness elsewhere. The top 50 games this year sold 5 percent less units than did the top 50 last year.”
Some new releases that did not make the top 10 despite the buzz (per Kotaku): Lego Rock Band, Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles and Tony Hawk Ride.
Mon, Dec 07, 2009 | 13:32 GMT
Wedbush Morgan’s issued his sales estimates for November, predicting that Wii managed to keep its head about 1 million in the US last month.
“We estimate sell-through of 1,050,000 Wii hardware units (down 49% from last year), 650,000 Xbox 360 (down 22% from last year), and 700,000 PS3 consoles (up 85% year over year),” said the analyst.
Modern Warfare 2, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Left 4 Dead 2 and Assassin’s Creed II will lead the software pack, Pachter said.
Not likely to be any argument there. The NPD releases this Thursday.