NPD Sales Results for December 2014 [Up2: Nintendo Sales Notes]

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Overall:

Overall retail sales were up 1% year over year.

Hardware sales were up 20% year over year.

Retail software sales were down 13% year over year.



Software:



Notes:
-Xbox One also sold more games throughout November and December in the U.S. than any other current-generation platform.
-Wii U software is up 75% year over year for the whole year overall.
-Mario Kart 8 LTD: 1.7 million (physical + digital)
-Super Smash Bros Wii U: 1.3 million (physical + digital)
-Super Smash Bros 3DS: 2 million (physical + digital)
-Pokemon ORAS: 2.6 million (physical + digital)
-In 2014, 16 Nintendo 3DS titles sold at least 250,000 units. Of those titles, eight sold more than 500,000 units and three sold over 1 million units.
-In 2014, the top 15 best-selling hand-held titles were all released on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.


Hardware:

Xbox One: Best selling platform.
PS4/XB1 Combined: Around 2.33 million based on Note 3 below.
Wii U: Best month ever.

Notes:
-Xbox 360 became the best-selling seventh generation console of all time in the U.S.
-Xbox One became the best-selling console in the U.S. in November and December and weekly average sales during these months outpaced Xbox 360 by 50 percent at the same point in its lifecycle.
-After 14 months on the market, cumulative sales of PS4 and Xbox One exceed the Xbox 360 and PS3 cumulative 14 month total by 65 percent.
-The PS4 was the best selling console for the year as a whole.
-Wii U hardware sales are up 29% for the year as a whole over 2013.
-[Accessories Note]: Amiibos are a bit under 2.6 million units sold. This is around a 70% attach rate to the Wii U. There's still conceptual growth room given Skylanders was over 175 million toys worldwide as of May. Since there's interest in this segment now, I will try to put more (toy) accessories updates in the OP in the future.


Other Information:

Microsoft PR said:
Xbox One Closes a Record-Breaking Holiday and Looks Ahead to 2015

I want to thank all of the Xbox fans who contributed to our record-setting holiday and making 2014 such a successful year. The Xbox One deals were quite popular and have inspired a new promotion starting January 16 where fans in the U.S. can buy an Xbox One for $349 at their preferred retailer.

Some interesting statistics about 2014:

• Xbox 360 became the best-selling seventh generation console of all time in the U.S.
• In 2014, users logged nearly 8 billion hours globally in apps across Xbox 360 and Xbox One, a
50 percent increase from time spent in 2013.
• Xbox One became the best-selling console in the U.S. in November and December and weekly average sales during these months outpaced Xbox 360 by 50 percent at the same point in its lifecycle.*
• Xbox One also sold more games throughout November and December in the U.S. than any other current-generation platform.*
• From November 24 to January 3, fans spent more time playing on Xbox than they ever have before, at any point in the history of Xbox.
• In the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta alone, 18 million games have been played to date.

The Xbox Wire has a great year in review summary and what to expect in 2015, including a few upcoming console titles and the future of PC gaming on Windows 10. You can find that article here.

* According to NPD Group

http://majornelson.com/2015/01/15/x...ing-holiday-looks-ahead-2015/?linkId=11752233
Sony PR said:
“PlayStation 4 was the top-selling console in the U.S. and globally in 2014,” a Sony Computer Entertainment America spokesperson told GamesBeat. “And [it is] the fastest selling console in PlayStation history with 18.5 million sold through after just 14 months in the market. We are humbled by this success and want to thank gamers worldwide for helping us achieve holiday sales of more than 4.1 million across 123 countries and regions. We are looking forward to another momentous year in 2015 and bringing an epic line up of titles to PlayStation fans around the world.”

http://venturebeat.com/2015/01/15/sony-ps4-was-the-top-selling-console-of-2014-worldwide/
Nintendo PR:

Wii U established new benchmarks for hardware and software sales in a single month in December. This helped total hardware and software sales in 2014 increase by more than 29 percent and more than 75 percent, respectively, over sales in 2013.

Nintendo 3DS also had a strong December, including its largest month ever for first-party software sales. This was primarily fueled by Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, which has already surpassed 2 million combined physical and digital units sold in a little more than three months, and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, which have combined to sell over 2.6 million physical and digital units in their first six weeks.

“Wii U had its strongest year yet thanks to the highly anticipated software lineup and the introduction of the amiibo platform,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Fans can anticipate another strong year for 2015, especially with more highly anticipated games like Splatoon and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, as well as New Nintendo 3DS XL, arriving in the first half of 2015.”

Other Nintendo highlights from the full 2014 year include:

Wii U:

Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U sold over 1.7 million physical and digital units and 1.3 million physical and digital units, respectively, in 2014.
Total sales of amiibo figures in 2014 are nearly twice the sales of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Nintendo 3DS:

In 2014, 16 Nintendo 3DS titles sold at least 250,000 units. Of those titles, eight sold more than 500,000 units and three sold over 1 million units.
In 2014, the top 15 best-selling hand-held titles were all released on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Nintendo is looking to ride the wave of momentum into 2015, with the launches of Splatoon, Yoshi’s Woolly World, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and Mario Party 10. On Feb. 13, Nintendo will also launch the New Nintendo 3DS XL in the United States alongside The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D.
 
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Interesting to see XBO software doing so well, especially seeing Destiny LTD in the US above PS4. Would not have guessed that. (though I suppose that doesn't include bundles, correct?)
 
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makes sense. xbo beat ps4 in dec in a lot of software...but ps4 ahead in total copies sold.

destiny xbo > ps4 is a little surprising though? (edit: nevermind bundles i guess...)