NPD Sales Results for March 2013 [Up5: BioShock Infinite]

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Overall Industry:

The overall retail industry is down 10% year over year.


Software:

NPD Group's U.S. Games Industry Sales (New Physical Sales Channel*) - March 2013
5-week month; Reporting Period 3/3/13 through 4/6/13

Software
1. Bioshock Infinite (360, PS3, PC)** Take 2 Interactive - 878K
2. Tomb Raider 2013 (360, PS3)** Square Enix Inc - Franchise high.
3. Gears of War: Judgement (360) Microsoft
4. God of War: Ascension (PS3)** Sony
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, PC, NWU)** Activision Blizzard
6. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS) Nintendo - 365K (415K with digital, but the 415K number is an LTD)
7. MLB 13: The Show (PS3, PSV) Sony
8. NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, WII, NWU, PSP, PC)** Take 2 Interactive
9. The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (360, PS3, NWU) Activision Blizzard
10. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (360, PS3) Namco Bandai Games

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

XX. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity - 145K retail + digital
XX. Fire Emblem - 64K retail + digital


Hardware:

Xbox 360: 261K (-29.6%)
Nintendo 3DS: 245K (+9%) [Note: This is assuming a 9% increase in unit sales. If it's revenue (the 3DS XL has come out since then), it could be lower.]

3DS update: Seems to be dollar sales, not units, but it's hard to tell for sure.

Hardware suffered in March, with "deep declines" of 32 percent in dollar spend, with stronger downturns for portable hardware than for traditional consoles. The Nintendo 3DS was an anomaly, with sales for the platform growing 9 percent year-over-year.

http://www.gamespot.com/news/npd-bioshock-infinite-soars-to-top-spot-in-march-us-sales-6407248

Definitely looks like its 9% in dollars.

Other Information:

MS PR via JVM said:
Xbox 360 continues to hold the number one spot in the U.S., selling more units in March than any other console; marking the 27th consecutive month as the best-selling console in the U.S.

March 2013 NPD highlights:
· Xbox 360 sold 261,000 units in March, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, March 2013)

· Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in March reached $402 million, (hardware, software and accessories), the most for any console in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, March 2013)

· During the month of March, Xbox 360 held six of the top 10 console game titles including: “Bioshock Infinite,” “NBA 2K13,” “Gears of War: Judgment,” “Tomb Raider,” “The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” (Source: NPD Group, March 2013)


Entertainment experiences on Xbox LIVE continue to grow as Xbox introduced its newest app this week, Flixster. The service, available for Xbox LIVE subscribers in the U.S., is one of the most popular apps for movies, allowing users to buy and rent thousands of titles, check out local theater show times and access movie scores from Rotten Tomatoes. And, Xbox Tournaments with Virgin Gaming launched earlier this month exclusively on Xbox LIVE, bringing gamers free-to-enter gaming tournaments for popular games including “EA SPORTS™ FIFA 13,” “NBA 2K13,” “EA SPORTS™ Madden NFL 13” and “EA SPORTS™ NHL® 13,” with many more titles to come.
http://press.nintendo.com/articles.jsp?id=38468

MORE THAN 20 MILLION PHYSICAL COPIES OF NINTENDO 3DS GAMES HAVE BEEN SOLD IN THE U.S.

April 18, 2013

Fueled by strong starts for Luigi's Mansion™: Dark Moon and Pokémon™ Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, and the continued strength of Fire Emblem Awakening, Nintendo 3DS™ crossed 20 million total units of software sold at retail in the United States, according to the NPD Group.

Some notable sales numbers* achieved by Nintendo in March include:

- Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon sold nearly 365,000 physical units in March, and has now sold more than 415,000 combined physical and digital units to date.

- Fire Emblem Awakening sold an additional 64,000 combined physical and digital physical copies in March, and has now sold more than 240,000 combined units to date.

- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity sold more than 145,000 combined physical and digital units for the month.

- Total sales of Nintendo 3DS software at retail increased by more than 50 percent over March 2012.

That momentum should only grow in the next few months as Nintendo prepares for a massive slate of Nintendo 3DS software releases, including: LEGO® City Undercover: The Chase Begins on April 24, Donkey Kong Country™ Returns 3D on May 24, Animal Crossing™: New Leaf on June 9 and Mario and Luigi™: Dream Team on Aug. 11.

Additionally, in a Nintendo Direct that aired on April 17, Nintendo announced or provided more details about new entrants in the Yoshi's Island™, Mario Party™, The Legend of Zelda™ and Mario Golf™ franchises for the Nintendo 3DS system.

Wii U™ owners have a ton of great games to look forward to from Nintendo and its third-party partners, including Game & Wario™ on June 23, Pikmin™ 3 on Aug. 4, Disney's Planes from Disney Interactive on Aug. 6 and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell® Blacklist™ from Ubisoft® on Aug. 20. At the upcoming E3 trade show in June in Los Angeles, Nintendo expects to show attendees upcoming Wii U games from the Mario Kart™, Super Mario Bros.™ and Super Smash Bros.™ franchises.

*Data regarding physical sales of games in March are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo's internal sales figures. All numbers are specific to the United States only.​
http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/04/18/bioshock-infinite-leads-us-sales-for-march

According to NPD analyst Liam Callahan, "March 2013 saw deep declines of 32% in dollar spending for dedicated video game hardware, with stronger declines for portable hardware than for consoles. However, sales for the Nintendo 3DS grew 9% over last March. In March 2013, the Xbox 360 had the highest hardware unit sales for the 20th month in a row.”​
http://www.gamespot.com/news/npd-bioshock-infinite-soars-to-top-spot-in-march-us-sales-6407248

"Two strong launches for the month included Tomb Raider and BioShock Infinite, which were the highest first month sales for games in these franchises," Callahan said.​
Liam Callahan said:
"With solid performances of new games like Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, and Monster Hunter Ultimate 3 [on 3DS]..."
 

Ushojax

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Ugh, the poor souls who bought that Walking Dead game.
 

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Weren't sales numbers "leaked" some days ago or were those just estimates? If they were leaks we can extract other numbers.
 

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Can't wait for reported hardware data, especially regarding the Wii U.

After all, this month was the Wii U's first software refresh cycle (no retail games for the Wii U were released in North America for January or February).
 

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NPD Group's U.S. Games Industry Sales (New Physical Sales Channel*) - March 2013
5-week month; Reporting Period 3/3/13 through 4/6/13


March 2013 Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms incl. PC)

1. Bioshock Infinite (360, PS3, PC)** Take 2 Interactive
2. Tomb Raider 2013 (360, PS3)** Square Enix Inc
3. Gears of War: Judgement (360) Microsoft
4. God of War: Ascension (PS3)** Sony
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, PC, NWU)** Activision Blizzard
6. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS) Nintendo
7. MLB 13: The Show (PS3, PSV) Sony
8. NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, WII, NWU, PSP, PC)** Take 2 Interactive
9. The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (360, PS3, NWU) Activision Blizzard
10. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (360, PS3) Namco Bandai Games

**(includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)
Sell a small piece of the company to NPD for full numbers. Come on. Do it for your people.
 

RoboPlato

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Glad Infinite hit #1. Well deserved. I expect it to have legs too. Both Ascension and Judgement charted higher than I expected but I imagine that there may be a big gap in numbers between them.
 

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Reggie said Luigi's Mansion 2 has sold 415k (retail + digital) in NA. No idea if that included the last two weeks, but it does mean anything below is < 415k (most likely well under).
 

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I just woke up and saw #5 & #6 and my brain read it as Call of Luigi, I was like what the fuck did I just read?

Wow The Walking Dead Money-Train is in full effect, Amazing!
 

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no Monster Hunter, my country has failed you Capgods. At least they're playing excellent titles like Walking Dead and Gears.
 
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An exclusive handheld game charted on the multiplat list? Go Luigi!

EDIT: But placed lower than a half year old release, so maybe not great. With month of market contraction?