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November 2008 NPDs – Nintendo Blowout

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Nintendo Wii Console It’s time to create a whole new category for the Wii phenomena. Holy cow– more than 2 MILLION in sales in North America in November is crazy. Yet, to this day there still isn’t a single game on the Wii I’d want to play – not one. Yet you can’t deny those sales numbers.

Video game industry sales are UP 10% year over year. Terrific given the economic downturn.

I was happy to see the 360 outsell the PS3 and PSP combined. Though I’m starting to worry about the PS3’s long-term prospects given its continued poor results. Despite the industry upturn, the PS3’s sale’s numbers are LOWER than its November 2007 numbers.  The PS2 results show its time is coming to an end. I wonder how many months before Sony kills it?  But, it still hasn’t reached the $99 price point. Perhaps it can grasp a few more months of breathe with a price drop before Sony puts it out of its misery.

gears of war 2 cover art Meanwhile my copy of November’s top selling Gears of War 2  is collecting dust as I finish Resistance 2 for my review. Gears 2 sold 1.56 million sold – trouncing Resistance 2’s comparatively meagre 385K unit sales. I’m really looking forward to Gears when I get the time – especially online co-op.

November 2008 Console and Game sales results after the break.


Console Results

- Wii: 2.04m 1.237m (154%)
- DS: 1.57m 1.079m (220%)
- Xbox 360: 836K 465K (125%)
- PSP: 421K 228K (118%)
- PS3: 378K 188K (99%)
- PS2: 206K 70K (51%)

Game Results

1. Gears of War 2 – Xbox 360 – 1.56 million
2. Call of Duty: World at War – Xbox 360 – 1.41 million
3. Wii Play w/ remote – Wii – 796K
4. Wii Fit – Wii – 697K
5. Mario Kart – Wii – 637K
6. Call of Duty: World at War – PS3 – 597K
7. Guitar Hero: World Tour – Wii – 475K
8. Left 4 Dead – Xbox 360 – 410K
9. Resistance 2 – PS3 – 385K
10. Wii Music – Wii – 297K

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