September NPD: $1.27b in sales, but it's no Halo 3 launch
byRoss Miller||October 16th 2008 at 7:37pmOctober 16th 2008 7:37 pm
Under most circumstances, this month's NPD sales figures would be quite impressive, with total sales of $1.27 billion. However, last September's $1.35 billion had one looming trump card -- namely, Halo 3's launch. Year-to-date hardware sales were $497.98 million (down nine percent) and software $616.09m (down six percent). Thanks largely to the price drop (we suspect, at least), Xbox 360 had the highest increase in sales, up 78%. It took 3rd place, splitting up Nintendo's two and Sony's three consoles.
For software, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed dominated with 3 of the top 10 spots, totaling 1.16 million in unit sales -- the Xbox 360 version accounted for 52% of sales, followed by PlayStation 3 at 28%. Wii Fit also had impressive figures with 518K. Here are this month's NPD hardware sales figures:
1. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - Xbox 360 – 610K 2. Wii Fit w/ Balance Board - Wii – 518K 3. Rock Band 2 - Xbox 360 – 363K 4. Mario Kart w/ wheel - Wii – 353K 5. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - PS3 – 325K 6. Mercenaries 2: World in Flames - Xbox 360 – 297K 7. Wii Play w/ remote - Wii – 243K 8. Madden NFL 09 - Xbox 360 – 224K 9. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - Wii – 223K 10. Madden NFL 09 - PS2 – 158K