December NPD figures – Nintendo Still Dominating

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American sales tracking wizards NPD group have released their December figures – and surprise, surprise, Nintendo are still making a killing. while you’d expect everybody and his grandmother to already own Nintendo’s white waggle box, it appears that’s not the case – as it managed 3.81 million units, outselling the Playstation3, PSP, Xbox 360 and Playstation 2 combined.

The system that came the closest was Nintendo’s own handhelds, the DS family, with sales of 3.31 million.  Interesting to note was that the PS3 has displaced the Xbox 360 forcing it to third place, outselling Microsoft’s console by 50 000 units. Was this a December fluke, or is it a trend that’s going to continue?

With regards to software sales, it’s once again Nintendo who’s on top. New Super Mario Bros. Wii was the months biggest selling title, with 2.81 million red covers now in American homes. The silver and bronze medals also belong to Nintendo, with Wii Fit Plus (2,410,000) coming in 2nd, and Wii Sports Resort (1,790,000) nabbing the last place on the podium.

The 4th and 5th spots were the same game, but on different platforms. If you guessed Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2, give yourself a pat on the back. The Xbox 360 version outsold the PS3 SKU by 51 000 units, with the game selling a combined total of 2.75m units – still less than Mario’s latest outing. do you remember a few months ago, Reggie Fils-Aime said that NSMB Wii would be the holiday’s biggest selling game, outselling one of Modern Warfare 2’s SKU – well it outsold both, combined. H

The NPD Hardware Charts

  • Wii – 3,810,000
  • Nintendo DS – 3,310,000
  • PlayStation 3 – 1,360,000
  • Xbox 360 – 1,310,000
  • PSP – 654,700
  • PlayStation 2 – 333,2000

NPD Software Charts

01. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) – 2,820,000
02. Wii Fit Plus (Wii) – 2,410,000
03. Wii Sports Resort (Wii) – 1,790,000
04. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360) – 1,630,000
05. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3) – 1,120,000
06. Wii Play (Wii) – 1,010,000
07. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) – 936,1000
08. Assassin’s Creed II (Xbox 360) – 783,1000
09. Left 4 Dead 2 (Xbox 360) – 728,500
10. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (DS) – 656,700

Last Updated: January 15, 2010

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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