NPD: Video game sales slide 5% in January, hardware down 8%

By on February 18, 2011 at 9:24 PM.

NPD: Video game sales slide 5% in January, hardware down 8%

Industry watcher NPD Group says sales of video game software in the U.S. declined by 5% year-over-year in January 2011, totaling $576 million. Console sales were down 8% to $324 million. On the back of continued strong sales of the Microsoft Kinect and PlayStation Move motion-based controllers, sales of video games accessories increased 6% year-over-year to $235 million. The only console to see growth in January was Microsoft’s Xbox 360, which sold 381,000 units — a 14.1% increase year-over-year. NPD ranked January’s software title sales as follows:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision Blizzard) – Xbox 360, PS3, Wi, DS, PC
  2. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft) – Wii
  3. Dead Space 2 (Electronic Arts) – Xbox 360, PS3, PC
  4. Little Big Planet 2 (Sony) – PS3
  5. Zumba Fitness: Join the Party (Majesco) – Wii, Xbox 360, PS3
  6. NBA 2K11 (Take-Two Interactive) – Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, Wii, PS2, PC
  7. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft) – Xbox 360, PS3
  8. Dance Central (MTV Games) – Xbox 360
  9. Michael Jackson The Experience (Ubisoft) – Wii, DS, PSP
  10. DC Universe Online: The Next Legend Is You (Sony) – PS3, PC

Overall, the U.S. gaming industry took in $1.14 billion excluding PC sales — a 4% slide versus the same month in 2010.

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Nintendo DS becomes best-selling video game system of all time in U.S.

By on January 4, 2011 at 10:40 PM.

Nintendo DS becomes best-selling video game system of all time in U.S.

Today, Nintendo announced that its popular line of DS handheld gaming systems have become “the nation’s best-selling video game system of all time.” With sales of over 47 million units since its release in 2004, the DS passes Sony’s PlayStation 2 to claim the top spot. The company also noted that its Wii console sold more than 7 million units for the third consecutive year in a row, a feat Nintendo brags has “never before been accomplished in the history of video games by a home console.”

“When we look back at 2010, we see consumers time and again turning to the value and enjoyment of our products,” said President of Nintendo America, Reggie Fils-Aime. “When we look ahead to 2011, we see new portable technology and more great Wii games that need to be seen to be believed.”

Nintendo is expected to release its 3DS portable gaming system this March. More →

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Nintendo boasts of 1.5 million DS, Wii units sold last week

By on November 29, 2010 at 10:13 PM.

Nintendo boasts of 1.5 million DS, Wii units sold last week

Gaming giant Nintendo recently announced that during Black Friday week, U.S. consumers purchased a combined 1.5 million DS and Wii gaming systems. Holiday shoppers scooped up nearly 900,000 DS units and over 600,000 Wii consoles during the popular shopping debacle period. “U.S. shoppers bought about 9,000 Nintendo hardware systems nonstop for every hour of every day during the week of Black Friday,” said Nintendo of America’s president. Sales of Wii consoles were up slightly while sales of the DS portable gaming system fell slightly from the same period last year. Regardless, the numbers are still very impressive. More →

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Video game industry takes 4% hit in October; Xbox outsells Wii and PS3 for fifth straight month

By on November 17, 2010 at 7:50 PM.

Video game industry takes 4% hit in October; Xbox outsells Wii and PS3 for fifth straight month

Ahead of the 2010 holiday season, NPD Group reports that the U.S. gaming industry took a hit in October. While software sales were up 6% and accessory sales were up 18% in the month, console sales tumbled 26% to $280 million. Overall, gaming industry sales were down 4% in October. Despite the industry’s overall hit, however, Microsoft is sitting pretty as its console sales beat Nintendo and Sony for the fifth straight month. In fact, the Xbox 360 was the only console with year-over-year growth in October. Add to that over 1 million Kinect units sold and over 4 million more Kinects expected to move before the end of the year, and you’ve got one happy gaming team over at HQ in Redmond. Hit the jump for NPD’s top-10 game titles by sales volume in the month of October. More →

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Nintendo and Netflix bring disc-free streaming to the Wii

By on October 18, 2010 at 9:58 AM.

Nintendo and Netflix bring disc-free streaming to the Wii

If you’ve got a network connected Wii and a Netflix account with streaming capabilities, today is your lucky day. Via a press release, Nintendo and Netflix announced that U.S. and Canadian subscribers will be able to download and install software directly to their Wii consoles to allow Instant Queue streaming. Previously, the Wii console required a Netflix CD to be inserted in the disc drive for Instant Queue access. The software is available for free from the Wii Shop Channel on your console. The full press release is after the break. More →

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BGR Poll: What gaming console(s) do you use?

By on August 11, 2010 at 11:00 AM.

BGR Poll: What gaming console(s) do you use?

Time for another BGR poll! Today, we want to know what your gaming console of choice is. Are you an Xbox’er, PlayStation’ite, or Wii’mer? Perhaps your trusty PC is the only gaming rig you need? Maybe you’re insane and don’t game at all (*tear*). Whatever medium you fancy, we want to know about it! We’ve got a gaming console poll ready for you after the break. Let us know where your loyalties lie! Any specific software titles that keep you glued to one particular console?
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Wii sales top 30 million in U.S.

By on August 10, 2010 at 7:00 PM.

Wii sales top 30 million in U.S.

In a short but sweet press release, Nintendo announced that sales of its Wii gaming console have topped 30 million units in the United States. The feat took only 45 months to accomplish which Nintendo claims makes it the fastest selling console ever. USA Today writes, “More than 73 million Wiis have been scooped up worldwide, which puts the console on pace to becoming the best-selling video game device ever. That title is held by Sony’s PlayStation 2, which has notched about 140 million in sales.” Not bad Nintendo, not bad at all. More →

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Xbox 360 and Red Dead Redemption take top seat in June gaming sales

By on July 16, 2010 at 11:01 AM.

Xbox 360 and Red Dead Redemption take top seat in June gaming sales

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June was a topsy turvy month for gaming sales according to NPD, as overall sales were down 6% year-over-year but up significantly from May. Leading the way for June was the Xbox 360 which sold 451,700 units, which more than doubled its May sales of a measly 194,000 units. Hot on the heels of the Xbox was the Nintendo Wii which sold 422,500 units and the PlayStation 3 which sold 304,800 units. June was also a good month for hardware and accessory sales, as hardware sales were up 5% year-over-year and and accessory sales were up 6% year-over-year. Though console and accessory sales were brisk, software sales declined 15% from last year, with Red Dead Redemption as the one bright spot in an otherwise disappointing month. In its second month of sales, the popular title from Rockstar continues to be very well received with the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions taking two of the top three slots for the best selling software titles in June. More →

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Video game sales plummet in April

By on May 16, 2010 at 1:41 PM.

Video game sales plummet in April

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April saw the video game industry suffer through its worst month in nearly 10 years, as both hardware and software sales tumbled for a combined total of 26%. Consoles saw the biggest decrease with a 36% drop to $398.5 million, while software titles and accessories fell 22% and 9% to $249.3 and $118.4 million respectively. According to NPD research analyst Anita Frazier, some of the decline has to do with Easter falling in early April. If it were to have fallen in the middle of the month as it did last year, Frazier believes the month would have seen an additional $55 million in sales. So what system suffered the most last month? That unfortunate title belongs to the Nintendo Wii which sold 50% less units than it did in March. On the bright side, it did manage to hold on to its title as the top-selling non-portable console with 277,200 units sold. Coming in second was Xbox 360 with 185,400 units sold, followed closely by the PS3 at 180,800. As for portables, sales of the Nintendo DS — fast approaching the Playstation 2 as being the best-selling console in history — were down 37% to 440,800 while the PSP essentially lost its will to exist selling only 65,500 for a drop of 44%. As for the top selling games… well, you’re just going to have to hit up the jump to find out. You wouldn’t want the home page of BGR to start looking cluttered, would you? More →

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Nintendo's yearly profits drop, Wii sales fall

By on May 6, 2010 at 1:41 PM.

Nintendo's yearly profits drop, Wii sales fall

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Today, Nintendo posted its 2009-2010 fiscal earnings, and the Japanese gaming giant is beginning to stumble. For the first time in six years, Nintendo’s annual net profit fell, dropping 18% to ¥228.64 billion ($2.45 billion) in this fiscal year, which ended in March 2010. Nintendo blamed the slide on the appreciation of the yen, a late 2009 price cut on the Nintendo Wii, and the lack of strong game titles to drive the sale of hardware. Speaking of hardware sales…they lagged a bit, with Nintendo selling 20.5 million Wii consoles, down from 26 million in the previous year. The DSi showed a similar decline as Nintendo sold 27.11 million units, down from 31.18 million in the previous year. Despite the decline, Nintendo remained optimistic for the current fiscal year with a forecast of: ¥200 billion in profits, 18 million Wii units, and 30 million DSi units. The Japanese gaming company dismissed concerns over increased competition from the XBOX 360, the Playstation 3, and the Apple iPad citing its knowledge of the gaming business and its unique hardware, which appeals to a wide audience. Nintendo did not comment on the future of the Wii hardware, but did confirm the rumored 3DS, a new handheld gaming device that will allow 3D gameplay without the need for special glasses. More →

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BioShock 2 propels Xbox 360 sales to #1 in February

By on March 12, 2010 at 12:37 PM.

BioShock 2 propels Xbox 360 sales to #1 in February

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This February, Microsoft Xbox 360 sales bested those of the Sony Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii for the first time since September of 2007. The February sales figures were: Xbox 360 422,000 units — up 8% year-over-year, Wii 397,900 units — down 47% year-over-year, and Playstation 3 360,100 units — up 30% year-over-year. Take-Two Interative’s BioShock 2, which hit store shelves on February 10th, can be partially credited for the surge in Xbox sales. BS 2 sold over 750,000 copies, 75% of which (562,000) were for the Xbox 360. Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. Wii, sold 555,600 units raking second on the game sales chart and Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 came in a respectable third. More →

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Video game and console manufacturers sing the blues as post-holiday sales slide

By on February 12, 2010 at 12:32 PM.

Video game and console manufacturers sing the blues as post-holiday sales slide

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After a strong 2009 holiday showing, the gaming industry once again demonstrated that it is not recession-proof. According to a report released by NPD Group, U.S. retail video game software sales fell to $597.9 million, a 12% year over year decline. Leading the pack in video game sales is the New Super Mario Bros for the Wii and Mass Effect 2 for the Xbox 360 which sold a staggering 572,100 copies in the six days following its late January 26th launch. Hardware sales also took a beating in January with sales reaching a mere $353.7 million, a 21% decrease from  January 2009 and a precipitous drop from the $2.2 billion in sales recorded for December 2009. Nintendo once again claimed the top two hardware spots having sold 465,800 Wii consoles and 422,200 handeld DS units. Microsoft sold 332,800 Xbox 360 consoles in January 2010 and reclaimed the third position over Sony’s Playstation 3 which sold 276,900 units. Bucking the downward trend, sales of accessories rose 2% which is a bit of good news in an otherwise disappointing month. More →

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Netflix streaming coming to the Nintendo Wii this Spring

By on January 13, 2010 at 8:11 AM.

Netflix streaming coming to the Nintendo Wii this Spring

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Netflix and Nintendo are teaming up to bring Netflix’s streaming media service to the Nintendo Wii this spring. In order to actually get some streaming content going, Wii owners will obviously need to have a broadband internet-connected Wii and a subscription to a minimum $8.99 Netflix plan. Similar to the PS3, the Wii will not be an embedded solution and will require a Netflix application disc which must be inserted in the Wii while accessing the Netflix content. Wii owners ready to jump on board can sign up now to receive additional information and reserve an application disc at Netflix’s website. The disc is free and will ship this spring when the service launches. More →

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