January NPD – Wii triple header leaves everything else for dead

By Mike, Thursday, 12 February 2009 23:44 GMT

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The January NPD has shown astonishing sales for Wii Fit, Wii Play and Mario Kart Wii, the three leading the software top ten for the month.

In addition, despite hell freezing over in the financial sector, January software sales have seen a ten percent increase Y-o-Y.

“Software sales still increased 10 percent over last January, indicating that continued strong hardware sales are not occurring at the expense of software sales,” said Anita Frazier, NPD analyst.

“Only two of the top 10 games this month were new releases.

“The continued strength of games that have been in the market for some time clues us into just how many new consumers are coming into the industry,” she went on.

“This broadening of the audience for gaming will help buoy the industry through these tough economic times, provided they have enough compelling content to keep them interested.”

The full January NPD software sales are as follows:

  1. Wii Fit (Nintendo, Wii) – 777K
  2. Wii Play (Nintendo, Wii) – 415K
  3. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii) – 292K
  4. Left 4 Dead (EA, 360) – 243K
  5. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision Blizzard, 360) – 235K
  6. SKATE 2 (EA, 360) – 199K
  7. Guitar Hero: World Tour (Activision Blizzard, Wii) – 155K
  8. New Super Mario Bros (Nintendo DS) 135K
  9. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo, DS) 132K
  10. Lord of the Rings Conquest (EA, 360) – 113K

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