My First Tradition-Now with more Pre-Amble

OH MAN! NPDs ARE OUT!

But before I get into that goodness I’d like to say that I’m *NOT* a fanboy.  My loyalty has jumped ship and has officially gone back-and-forth between Sony/Microsoft for the last 3 gens. (PSOne —> Xbox —> PS3)  I do own a PS2 and I am retroactively playing the games that I missed.  But bottom line… the Xbox smashed the PS2 into oblivion for anything cross-platform.  PS2 won the console war that gen purely as a numbers thing.  The 360 vs. PS3 debate is gonna come down to the same thing.  I give the 360 a lot of respect…  though not openly and frequently because I’m not retarded but … That system is outdated but it just manages to stay relevant and unlock it’s potential more and more.   I’ll get into what I actually like about the 360 later … but back it up a little to the console war being about numbers. . . .

National Product Distribution or NPDs… are the numbers of the top 10 whenever (Consoles and Games) … Now if you’re new to them GOOD! .. I get to walk you through them.

They always compare last month to the month before.  So.. Here are the Consoles. You’ll learn very fast that outselling the Wii and DS is impossible and I don’t know why we bother comparing these numbers.

December 2009 Hardware Sales
  • Wii — 3,810,000 <— Add this…
  • Nintendo DS — 3,310,000 <— To this … Over 7 million units.
  • PlayStation 3 — 1,360,000 <—- This number used to be half
  • Xbox 360 — 1,310,000 <—- of this one about a year ago. The tide is turning.
  • PlayStation Portable — 654,700 <—- This is considered when compared to their usual 200K-ish.
  • PlayStation 2 — 333,200 <—- Yeah.. they still sell this thing. Sony makes more and more money off this thing because it gets cheaper and cheaper to make but it stays $100
November 2009 Hardware Sales
  • Nintendo DS — 1,700,000 <—- What the PS3 & 360 work so hard for….
  • Wii — 1,260,000 <—- Nintendo does every month.
  • Xbox 360 — 819,500 <—- After trailing the PS3 for 2 months they pulled their sales up.  (They had awesome Black Friday bundles and no matter how you slice it, it’s cheaper than a Wii)
  • PlayStation 3 — 710,400  <—– this is like a 200-300% increase compared to Nov 08
  • PlayStation Portable — 293,900
  • PlayStation 2 — 203,100

Are you still with me?  Games are up next.  I promise I wont do this for every month.  This is me popping my NPD coverage’s cherry.  I hope that doesn’t offend any women.

Anyways… When you read the game sales… Any new *Vogue* Wii game goes on the chart…. and it stays there… and it will be there for a very, very long time. Selling a million units every time..  As a result .. the Wii and DS tend to run the charts.

December 2009 Software Sales
  1. New Super Mario Bros (Wii) — 2,820,000
  2. Wii Fit Plus (Wii) — 2,410,000
  3. Wii Sports Resort (Wii) — 1,790,000
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (360) — 1,630,000 <— This is good
  5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3) 1,120,000 <—- This is better considering the lack of a decline.
  6. Wii Play (Wii) — 1,010,000
  7. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) — 936,100
  8. Assassin’s Creed 2 (360) — 783,100 <— I hope this hasn’t peaked
  9. Left 4 Dead 2 (360) — 728,500
  10. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (DS) — 656,700
November 2009 Software Sales
  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (360) — 4,200,000 <— KA-BOOM!!
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3) — 1,870,000 <— Bang!
  3. New Super Mario Bros. (Wii) — 1,390,000
  4. Assassin’s Creed II (360) — 794,700 <—- Under a million during a launch month worries me..
  5. Left 4 Dead 2 (360) — 744,000
  6. Wii Sports Resort (Wii) — 720,200
  7. Wii Fit Plus (Wii) — 679,000
  8. Assassin’s Creed II (PS3) — 448,400
  9. Dragon Age: Origins (360) — 362,100
  10. Mario Kart (Wii) — 315,000

 

And there you have it… Your NPDs… BYE!

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