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DECEMBER 2010 NPDS ARE HERE! (Discussion inside!)
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January 14, 2011, 01:46:42
 
The 360 had more than 3 titles in the top 10, I wonder why they did that press announcement and only mentioned 3?

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5- week month; December retail reporting period 11/28/10 through 01/01/11


Hardware
Nintendo DS - 2.5 Million (-24%)
Wii - 2.36 Million (-38%)
Xbox 360 - 1.86 Million (+42%, best ever sales by 420k units)
PS3 - 1.21 Million (-11%)

December 2010 Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms incl. PC)
01. Call of Duty: Black Ops** (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PC) ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
02. Just Dance 2 (Wii) UBISOFT
03. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm** (PC) ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
04. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood** (360, PS3) UBISOFT
05. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) NINTENDO
06. Disney Epic Mickey** (Wii) DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS
07. Madden NFL 11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP) ELECTRONIC ARTS
08. Michael Jackson The Experience** (Wii, NDS, PSP) UBISOFT
09. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, PC) TAKE 2 INTERACTIVE
10. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (360, PS3, Wii, PC) ELECTRONIC ARTS

On an SKU basis, games that are in the top 10 for the month that aren't reflected in our title-level best-selling list include Kinect Sports from Microsoft, UDraw Studio with UDraw Tablet from THQ, and Dance Central from Microsoft.

Noteably absent: Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)

**(includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)

Annual 2010 Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms incl. PC) Rank Publisher
01. Call of Duty: Black Ops** (360, PS3, Wii, PC, NDS) ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
02. Madden NFL 11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP) ELECTRONIC ARTS
03. Halo: Reach** (360) MICROSOFT
04. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) NINTENDO
05. Red Dead Redemption (360, PS3) TAKE 2 INTERACTIVE
06. Wii Fit Plus** (Wii) NINTENDO
07. Just Dance 2 (Wii) UBISOFT
08. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2** (360, PS3, PC) ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
09. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood** (360, PS3) UBISOFT
10. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, PC) TAKE 2 INTERACTIVE

**(includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)

MY ORIGINAL POST:

I'll edit with the numbers once they're out, but a lot of info is slipping early. Apparently Nintendo dominated. Here is some early info:

Xbox 360 sells 1.9M units

The interesting part there is that, including multiconsole, 360 only had 3 of the top 10 games. I doubt Sony had any exclusives, which leaves the remaining 7 slots for Wii/DS games? I wonder which ones, evergreen titles or a few new ones slipping in? We'll see soon enough.

From what I've heard PS3 sold much less than 360. Like, poorly. And Wii sold much more.

It's so weird that 3rd parties are basically abandoning the Wii, because whatever lulls it had, it seems to still be strong on top. I'm not sure if Nintendo will feel much pressure to release a new console anytime soon, even with the 3rd parties essentially gone.

Not sure how this was put together, or how accurate it is, but I found it...

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Posted: 01/14/11, 01:46:42  - Edited by 
 on: 02/18/11, 01:25:15    
 
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@Orbital74 Whether you like or dislike Epic Mickey, it's pretty good news in general and will hopefully lead to more big, experimental games from Disney. I also think its more evidence for Squarenix that Disney products sell on Nintendo consoles and though it is way too late to start up a Kingdom Hearts this generation, maybe in the future? Not that I care about Kingdom Hearts, but apparently many people do.


Posted by 
 on: 01/15/11, 19:30:53
So, I think it is safe to say Wii Party didn't do near as well as Nintendo would have wanted. It's only just passed 1M LTD and it was released it September. Nintendo will probably consider this a "failure" on the level of Wii Music. Then, my guess it that they will bring back the Mario Party series for a 9th round.


Posted by 
 on: 01/15/11, 21:07:10
@Orbital74

Actually, I think Epic Mickey has more of a widespread appeal. Kinda like your New Super Mario... respecting differences of course.


Posted by 
 on: 01/15/11, 21:23:05
Yeah it is both weird and not weird how badly it tanked next to the Mario Party series. It's always been a bit of a surprise that Nintendo didn't milk Mario Party this generation, wasn't 8 the best selling one yet?


Posted by 
 on: 01/15/11, 21:50:58
I think Wii Party was more successful than recent Mario Partys in Japan. But Western sales are much more important.


Posted by 
 on: 01/16/11, 00:23:01
Hmm. I'm too lazy to check, but I vaguely recall Mario Party 8 doing gangbusters in Japan. And everywhere else.


Posted by 
 on: 01/16/11, 00:25:58
Also, at this point the Wii is saturated with tons of bad quality party games. Wii Party came along a little too late, I think. The casuals whom it was aimed at had already been bitten by shovelware (look at the LTD of Game Party 3), and I'm guessing they didn't decipher that Nintendo was behind this one, and it was therefore high quality.


Posted by 
 on: 01/16/11, 01:51:57
I suppose it was somewhat likely that they didn't deduce Nintendo was behind it. It looks pretty much like every other crappy mini-game collection, from the outside.

And maybe some who did just didn't care. By this point anyone who wants one would have a mini-game collection.


Posted by 
 on: 01/16/11, 03:01:04
Speaking of Wii Party. I was meh on that from the getgo. I know many was getting tired of Mario Party. We had 8 versions of it. Yea, I liked it, again...we didn't need a new one every year. But I guess as long as sales were strong, Nintendo like any other developer would milk it.

I was really disappointed in the mic games. Those games sucked, cause for some reason the mic would always say I was wrong, like 90% of the time when I was correct in my answer. For some reason it had a hard time recgonizing my voice. That in itself is a fail to me.

With that said, I would have been more apt to buy a new Mario Party over a Wii Party.


Posted by 
 on: 01/16/11, 07:43:35
I'm curious to see how the sales were for the Mario All-Stars collection. I mean, if it's impossible to fine, then Nintendo must have easily sold >100k units right?


Posted by 
 on: 01/16/11, 07:47:08
@ShadowLink_89
>700k according to the chart in the OP.


Posted by 
 on: 01/16/11, 18:27:01
I'm amazed that the Wii sold that much considering the competition for their coveted audience this holiday. Wow.

I'll add my voice to the crowd that just had very little to no interest in Wii Party (it sparked a bit after E3, but then died down rather quickly). I'd have much preferred them to revamp Mario Party and do something to draw me back in; as Simba said, Wii Party just seemed too sterile in design.


Posted by 
 on: 01/16/11, 23:17:37
Kinect/Move gonna overtake Wii? Wii is what, 5 years old and still outselling BRAND new consoles (rebranded consoles with new interfaces at least).


Posted by 
 on: 01/17/11, 14:22:51
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