NPD Sales Results for February 2009


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PlayStation 2 131K
PlayStation 3 276K
PSP 199K
Xbox 360 391K
Wii 753K
Nintendo DS 588K

Wii Fit w/ Balance Board (WII) 644K
Street Fighter IV* (360) 446K
Street Fighter IV* (PS3) 403K
Wii Play w/ Remote (WII) 386K
Killzone 2 (PS3) 323K
Wii Mario Kart with wheel (WII) 263K
Call of Duty: World at War* (360) 193K
Mario Kart DS (NDS) 145K
New Super Mario Bros (NDS) 144K
Guitar Hero World Tour* (WII) 136K

(*includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)


Dollar Sales figures

                Feb-08         Feb-09         CHG YTD Feb 08     YTD Feb 09     CHG
Video Games     $1.34 Billion  $1.47 Billion  10% $2.52 Billion  $2.81 Billion  11%   
VG Hardware     $481.4 Million $532.7 Million 17% $861.9 Million $978.4 Billion 14%   
VG Software     $673.3 Million $733.5 Million  9% $1.29 Billion  $1.41 Billion  10%   
VG Accessories  $182.8 Million $207.1 Million 13% $371.4 Million $418.6 Million 13%


Analysis from NPD's Anita Frazier

Anita Frazier said:
The U.S. video games industry continues to post strong year-over-year comps despite the tough economy. Unit sales increased even more than dollar sales did, reflecting a slightly lower average retail price for all categories as compared to last year.

The Xbox 360 realized its biggest non-holiday sales month, save for September 2007, when the Halo 3 release brought in a large group of new owners. Compared to last month, the PS3 realized the greatest month-over-month unit sales increase of all platforms.

Consumers picked up nearly 20 million units of video game software in February, a 14% increase over February 2008. The average retail price for games is 4% lower than last year, which is why the dollar sales increase is not quite keeping in pace with the increase in unit sales.

A long-established video game franchise, the Street Fighter property continues to generate impressive sales results. The great performance of the new title, Street Fighter IV, on both the PS3 and Xbox 360, is a testament to the power of carefully cultivating evergreen properties.

March should be another great month for software sales between Pokemon Platinum, GTA: Chinatown Wars, Halo Wars, the two MLB titles and of course, Resident Evil 5, just to name a few of the key drivers. The sheer quantity of great content coming to market early in the year should keep industry sales humming throughout 2009.


Wastes hours checking old Famitsu software data, but that's why we love him.
Pretty nice hardware all around..but holy shit at Wii :lol :lol :lol :lol

Thought KZ2 would do better.


Man, MK DS and NSMB on the top ten after how many years of being released? Awesome. So awesome.

And Mario Kart Wii still taking prisoners. Such an awesome game.


shooting blanks

Pretty close numbers between the 2 platforms, fix your dpad microsoft. Relatively impressive for Killzone 2 since it's only 2 days of sales.


SF4 did good, 800k!

Killzone 2 did what I expected, 300k on a couple of days. I hope word of mouth catches on for next month.

The thing that puzzles me the most about Wii sales numbers is even after all this time I'm still suprised by the sheer magnitude of it all.
Nice. Hardware numbers were higher than expected all around. About what I expected for K2, but SF4 tie ratios were closer than expected.
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