April 2009 videogame sales numbers are in and it looks like a huge win for Nintendo.
The DS sold 1.04 million units (the numbers were not broken up into DS and DSi), blowing away all other hardware. The next closest is the Wii which sold 340,000.
The basic synopsis is this: Due to the fact that GTA IV and Mario Kart Wii (still #3 after a year of being available) were released in April of 2008 and nothing of merit was released in April of 2009, a year on year comparison is fairly useless.
The thing to take note of is that Nintendo continues to dominate with their blend of affordability and approachable games, particularly in this economy. Proof of consumers looking for bargains can be seen in the fact that the PS2 (now $99) outsold the PS3 and almost beat out the X360. That's just sad.
Here are the numbers:
Nintendo DS - 1.04 million
Nintendo Wii - 340,000
Xbox 360 - 175,000
PlayStation 2 - 172,000
PlayStation 3 - 127,000
PlayStation Portable - 116,000
Wii Fit (Nintendo) - 471,000
Pokemon Platinum Version (Nintendo, DS) - 433,000
Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo) - 210,000
Wii Play (Nintendo) - 170,000
The Godfather II (Electronic Arts, Xbox 360) - 155,000
Resident Evil 5 (Capcom, Xbox 360) - 122,000
New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo, DS) - 119,000
Mario Kart DS (Nintendo) - 112,000
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith (Activision, Xbox 360) - 110,000
The Godfather II (Electronic Arts, PS3) - 91,000
GameStop is well poised to weather the current economic climate. With a near monopoly on selling used games and used systems, the frugal gamer can get a lot for his or her money. And, that's just what happened.
As this Wall Street Journal article explains, sales of used games are up, accounting for an expected 23% ($2 billion) of revenue for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31.
Add to this mix that during times of economic uncertainty, the populace looks for ways to escape. What better way than, for example, 80 hours of Okami gameplay for $30? Of course, you do still need to get out and look for a job...
Speaking of great deals during times of economic woe, The LunaPass is the best value in videogame walkthroughs!
The difference is due mainly to the fact that the NPD numbers are console-specific while the MTV numbers have combined all sales for "x" game across all of its platforms.
Here are the top 10 best selling games of 2008 according to NPD:
1. Wii Play w/ remote - Wii – Nintendo – 5.28 million
2. Mario Kart Wii w/ wheel – Wii – Nintendo – 5.00 million
3. Wii Fit w/ balance board – Wii – Nintendo – 4.53 million
4. Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Wii – Nintendo – 4.17 million
5. Grand Theft Auto IV - Xbox 360 – Take-Two – 3.29 million*
6. Call of Duty: World at War - Xbox 360 – Activision – 2.75 million*
7. Gears of War 2 - Xbox 360 – Microsoft – 2.31 million*
8. Grand Theft Auto IV - PS3 – Take-Two – 1.89 million*
9. Madden NFL '09 - Xbox 360 – Electronic Arts – 1.87 million*
10. Mario Kart - DS – Nintendo – 1.65 million
* Includes Collector's, Limited, Legendary, and Bundled Editions
And, here are the top 5 best selling games of 2008 according to MTV:
1. Wii Play 5.28 million
2. Madden NFL '09 5.25 million
3. Grand Theft Auto IV 5.22 million
4. Mario Kart w/ Wheel 5.00 million
5. Call of Duty: World at War 4.63 million
So, you can see that in the MTV numbers GTA IV has 5.22 million, which is pretty much the NPD numbers of X360 (3.29) and PS3 (1.89), which equal 5.18 million. I do wonder, however, in the case of Madden if the MTV numbers include the DS, PSP, and Xbox releases (yes, there was an original Xbox release of Madden '09). I don't consider those the same game, really, as the X360, PS3, and Wii versions. I guess, for that matter, the Wii version is its own game, as well.
In the end, the two things to take away from all of this is that 2008 saw another record breaking year for video game sales and that the Wii is kicking ass.