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September NPD: Obviously Destined to Sell Tons


The new, lighter (in both price and weight!) PS3 continues to enjoy renewed sales in its second month beating out every console except for the invincible DS -- and the PS3 got pretty close to that impossible victory. The PS3's sales more than doubled in the last month! In fact, just about everything enjoyed a boost in September, with all the home consoles benefiting from recent price drops, and the PSP launching new hardware (NPD's September sales period ran through October 3). The only "loser" is the DS, which fell in total sales, but still managed to sell more than anything else.

In software (see the chart after the break), unsurprisingly strong debuts took place for both games with Halo on the box and games with Mario on the box. In fact, strong is a bit of an understatement for ODST's 1.52 million units sold. It's not quite 3.3 million units, but for a presumably lower-cost spinoff using an existing engine, it'll do.

In a weird bit of cross-platform fickleness, The Beatles: Rock Band debuted in the top 10 for Xbox and Wii, but not PS3 -- while Batman: Arkham Asylum's PS3 version made a second appearance in the top 10 to the exclusion of the Xbox.

-DS: 524K29K (-5%)
-PS3: 492K282K (+134%)
-Wii: 463K186K (+67%)
-360: 353K138K (+64%)
-PSP: 190K50K (+36%)
-PS2: 146K40K (+38%)

Check out the software sales chart after the break.

  1. Halo 3: ODST - 360 - Microsoft - 1.52m
  2. Wii Sports Resort (w/ Wii Motion Plus) - Wii - Nintendo - 443K
  3. Madden NFL 10 - 360 - EA - 290K
  4. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story - DS - Nintendo - 258K
  5. The Beatles: Rock Band - 360 - EA - 254K
  6. Madden NFL 10 - PS3 - EA - 247K
  7. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 -360 - Activision - 236K
  8. Batman: Arkham Asylum - PS3 -Eidos - 213K
  9. Guitar Hero 5 - 360 - Activision - 211K
  10. The Beatles: Rock Band - Wii - EA - 209K

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