ChartSpot: January 2010

New Super Mario Bros. Wii is king, with MAG and Bayonetta landing in bottom half of top 20; Sims 3 staves off Mass Effect 2 on PC charts.

After a depressing 2009, January's US retail sales figures were far from the beacon of light that many within the industry had hoped for. As assessed by the NPD Group last week, software sales for the first month of the decade were down 12 percent year-over-year to $597.9 million, with New Super Mario Bros. Wii (656,700 units), Mass Effect 2 (572,100 units), and Wii Fit Plus (555,700 units) scoring gold, silver, and bronze, respectively.

Being a critical darling doesn't always pay the bills.

NPD has subsequently released its lists for January's top 20 non-PC and PC games at retail. Easily the highest-profile debut during January to not chart in the top 10 was Sega and PlatinumGames' critically lauded Bayonetta. The Xbox 360 edition of the game did manage to slip into the top 20 non-PC chart, however, landing in the 17th slot. (NPD does not provide units for the bottom half of the top 20.)

The PlayStation 3 editions of a number of other debuts also appeared in the top 20. Army of Two: The 40th Day on the PS3 finished 11th, three slots behind its Xbox 360 counterpart. The PS3 installment of Darksiders also trailed its Xbox 360 companion, finishing in 14th place. Other PS3 titles to chart were MAG, which Sony has said sold 500,000 units worldwide, as well as the God of War Collection, which landed in 20th.

Nintendo's platforms dominated the remainder of the top 20, as Wii Play landed in 12th and the EA Sports Active bundle for the Wii finished 15. On Nintendo's handheld, Mario Kart DS, New Super Mario Bros. DS, and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story all charted.

Save for the arrival of Mass Effect 2, the PC charts reflected far less volatility. Mass Effect 2 found itself flanked by The Sims 3 and The Sims 3: World Adventures to make up the top three, while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 dropped one slot to fourth. In addition to the perennially chart-topping World of Warcraft and Sims installments, the PC charts also saw Dragon Age: Origins retain its top 10 status, slipping to seventh and edging out the collector's edition of BioWare's other new RPG, Mass Effect 2.

Rank / Last Month / Title / Platform / Publisher / Release Date / Sales (top 10)
1 / 1 / New Super Mario Bros. Wii / Wii / Nintendo / Nov-09 / 656,700
2 / ** / Mass Effect 2 / 360 / Electronic Arts / Jan-10 / 572,100
3 / 2 / Wii Fit Plus w/ Balance Board / Wii / Nintendo / Oct-09 / 555,700
4 / 4 / Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / 360 / Activision Blizzard / Nov-09 / 326,700
5 / 7 / Mario Kart Wii with wheel / Wii / Nintendo / Apr-08 / 310,900
6 / 3 / Wii Sports Resort with Wii Motion Plus / Wii / Nintendo / Jul-09 / 297,600
7 / 5 / Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / PS3 / Activision Blizzard / Nov-09 / 259,000
8 / ** / Army of Two: The 40th Day / 360 / Electronic Arts / Jan-10 / 246,500
9 / 20 / Just Dance / Wii / Ubisoft / Nov-09 / 191,900
10 / ** / Darksiders / 360 / THQ / Jan-10 / 171,200
11 / ** / Army of Two: The 40th Day / PS3 / Electronic Arts / Jan-10
12 / 6 / Wii Play w/ Remote / Wii / Nintendo / Feb-07
13 / ** / MAG / PS3 / Sony / Jan-10
14 / ** / Darksiders / PS3 / THQ / Jan-10
15 / ** / EA Sports Active Bundle / Wii / Electronic Arts / May-09
16 / 17 / Mario Kart DS / DS / Nintendo / Nov-05
17 / ** / Bayonetta / 360 / Sega / Jan-10
18 / 12 / New Super Mario Bros. / DS / Nintendo / May-06
19 / 10 / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / DS / Nintendo / Sep-09
20 / ** / God of War Collection / PS3 / Sony / Nov-09

Rank / Last Month / Title / Platform / Publisher / Avg. Price
1 / 1 / The Sims 3 / Electronic Arts / $41
2 / **/ Mass Effect 2 / Electronic Arts / $49
3 / 2 / The Sims 3: World Adventures / Electronic Arts / $40
4 / 3 / Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / Activision / $58
5 / 6 / The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / Electronic Arts / $20
6 / 7 / World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard Entertainment / $40
7 / 4 / Dragon Age: Origins / Electronic Arts / $49
8 / **/ Mass Effect 2: Collector's Edition / Electronic Arts / $60
9 / 10 / World of Warcraft / Blizzard Entertainment / $20
10 / 11 / IGT Slots: Texas Tea / Masque / $20
11 / 9 / World of Warcraft: Battle Chest / Blizzard Entertainment / $40
12 / 13 / The Sims 3 Collector's Edition / Electronic Arts / $42
13 / 12 / Mumbo Jumbo Assortment / Mumbo Jumbo / $3
14 / **/ World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade / Blizzard Entertainment / $26
15 / 5 / Left 4 Dead 2 / Electronic Arts / $44
16 / 15 / Hoyle Card Games 2010 / Encore / $20
17 / 18 / Sim City Box / Electronic Arts / $20
18 / **/ Starcraft: Battle Chest / Blizzard Entertainment / $20
19 / **/ Aion / NCsoft / $44
20 / 14 / Spore / Electronic Arts / $40

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Princess_Rectum
Princess_Rectum

Bayonetta was fixed. Everyone shut the hell up already.

thekey
thekey

Well there's no suprise that Bayonetta has such poor sales.(The reason being is they shafted one version of it over another, so no one is buying it. Right now) Also why buy Bayonetta now when there is so much more coming out at the same time as Bayonnetta was released. @Bigbudd0045 I agree with you 100% A game (no matter what system it's on should be damn near flawless) I mean they're asking for $60+ per game it better be worth it.

Harerazer
Harerazer

Mario steps all over CoD. LOL

Bigbudd0045
Bigbudd0045

eh, its the economy. lots of people belt tighten in january even when the economy is good. Mass Effect 2 was the only must have kind of title, the rest, whether high quality or not, were unproven. Speaking for myself...I am past the point of rushing out to buy a game on day one. Ill wait six months and get it cheaper or used. At this point, for 60 bucks I expect the game to be flawless and not be insulted by the immediate release of DLC expected to drain more money from me. DLC pisses me off to high hell, its normally overprices. The first Dragon Age DLC was 6 bucks and maybe a half hour of play time, maybe. For 60 bucks you got the full game which is considerably more then 5 hours (ten times the cost but more then ten times the play time). Sorry for that tangent.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

@robinvd1986 the pc sales are beneath the console sales

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

Certainly sad and a bit surprising to see Bayonetta doing so badly. All of the people saying "see? hardcore gamers don't support hardcore games" should remember that Devil May Cry 4 and GoW have sold millions each, I just think that part of it was the oversexualized protagonist and part was bad press about the bad PS3 port. Overall, i think the relatively low sales numbers are a result from too many publishers chickening out from Q4 2009. I know I had a good bit in December where I wanted a new game but nothing was really coming out, and now there's too many games for me to focus on--out of all of these games, i've only had time to play Bayonetta and Mass Effect 2, for instance.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Anyone else kind of surprised on how low MAG sold in the US? It was sold out for the weekend where I lived. On the third day, 2 copies of the game was traded in at Gamestop and I picked one of them up. I didn't like the game but I can see its merits. Returned it and put the money toward reserving ME2.

force_user1975
force_user1975

So as far as multiplatform games go, looks like the 360 versions all are continuing to sell better then the PS3 versions. No big surprise there. Mass Effect 2 is amazing, I just tend to think Mario games will always sell well and be at the top of the chart. Much like the Elvis Song "Burning Love" which only made it to number 2 on the charts and was kept out by "My ding a ling" by Chuck Berry. Microsoft will be a force this year and I think it will be cool that a new MS game will be top 5 pretty much every moth this year.

XCyberForceX
XCyberForceX

ME2 ROCKS BABE! Why stop with a trilogy. Keep it going! Hey, Final Fantasy is up to XIII.

Quietpower09
Quietpower09

Damn, Mass Effect 2 sold successfully to be number 2 for last months charts. Imagine if New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Mass Effect 2 were to be released at the same date. Then ME2 would annihilate NSMBW in sales!

imkain
imkain

With Steam our PC sales are recorded and logged. I believe that you can use Metacritic to see where these games are on their rating list. I love the 360 and Steam on my PC. I'm glad to see that Nintendo is doing very well in sales, makes me wonder if at some point they will use the cash piles that they are sitting on to make the next best thing in gaming, since technically they are the ONLY company left from the 80's video game industry.

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

On the PS3 version of Bayonetta there are some issues that take away from a total enjoyment of the game. Profanity being one that most parents would stay away from making the game a truly Mature game to play. But the biggest issue I have with the game is the camera. Its awful, to say the least.

ParisSun
ParisSun

Really sad about Bayonetta. It's not my type of game but I played the demo and it was pretty fun. I'm just not that into action games.

lamprey263
lamprey263

sad to see Bayonetta lose out to that overrated piece of crap Darksiders, I have a suspicion that since Konami was a publishing partner on this that they made reviewers sign contracts again, fashioned much like the ones that prevented MGS4 from getting the horrible reviews it deserved

Cillerboy
Cillerboy

glad to see MAG doing pretty well its a really good game. Warning tho, if u love MW2 then u probs shudnt get MAG

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

This will be a useful chart to remember the next time someone goes on one of their 'WII SUXX REAL GAMERZ PLAY 360 OR PS3!" rants. Bayonetta is 17th on the 360, and the PS3 edition didn't even chart? Sorry, kids, but you're busted. You can all stop complaining about 'fads' and fitness games and shovelware. You guys don't support top-notch gamer's games when they come out, so why should anyone bother making them?

mad_gamer23
mad_gamer23

Let's face it, gamers that play things like Bayonetta, DMC, GoW, etc. aren't the majority. The wider demographic is people who play a few minutes a day, and want family style games. That's what the Wii provides, and that's why the Wii tops the charts. These are sale figures...

coldsauce09
coldsauce09

@ capitalthoughts mario came from the east kay? where are the hardcore gamers? did everyone got tired of DMC style hack and slash theme? i wish bayonetta will sell more cuz i want another game like this to be made in the future.. perfect timing plus button mashing feels so good.

wwonka666
wwonka666

It's a sad day when a game like Bayonetta only can muster up 17th place. What's wrong with you other hardcore gamers out there? Go buy a copy of Bayonetta tomorrow please.

LiliShake
LiliShake

While predictable, Bayonetta really deserves to be much higher. And Mass Effect 2 should have been #1. Not to hound Mario or anything, but creativity and progression of the artform, along with just being an all-around amazing game deserves to do better than Mario REMIX!!! Alas, these are sales figures, and not a best-of list, and we must acknowledge Nintendo's grasp of the non-gamer and nostalgia.

badtaker
badtaker

PC sales = where are the numbers?

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

MAG did pretty good for being in the last 5 days of Jan. I still can't believe that Mario Kart DS is still in the top 20. That game came out in 2005. You'd think anyone who wanted it would have bought it by now.

Just-Adam
Just-Adam

Glad to see MAG getting some love .. it rly is a good game ..

capitalthoughts
capitalthoughts

@coldsauce....wow, you really haven't played New Super Mario Bros Wii. I died at that game far more then I did at Devil May Cry 3, and I had the original version of that game, not the toned down special edition.

Dualmask
Dualmask

Bayonetta is a great game but I can completely understand why it would underperform in the US. It's atmosphere is very...quirky. My wife thinks the game is completely sinful and demonic and can't believe I play it at all. I keep telling her "it's just a game"...heck, I can't even remember what the story is. I just like to play it.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Thankfully, non-American markets will elevate Bayonetta. It sold more units on launch day in Japan than it did over the entire month in the States. Makes you wonder why they bother porting games over here half the time; the proverbial pearls before swine.

Amnesiac23
Amnesiac23 moderator

@coldsauce09: while there are more people in America that like those types of games, there are still a ton of people who play other genres. And don't forget, the Chinese and South Koreans play a whole lot of MMOs. But just like America, I'm sure that is not all they play. Everyone is different, no need to stereotype.

JinPT
JinPT

@coldsauce09 r u saying americans only play dumb games? be careful with that, users here are mainly american. good thing i'm european, so i'm not offended ^_^ prepare to get insulted

coldsauce09
coldsauce09

the west only wants to play multiplayer, shooters and easy games these days... no challenge.. great gamers resides in the east!

JinPT
JinPT

come on steam, don't listen to the fools and keep our PC gaming alive =)

Nintendofreakx
Nintendofreakx

@ gnbfd cause the people just now getting ds's are buying them.

gnbfd
gnbfd

12 / 6 / Wii Play w/ Remote / Wii / Nintendo / Feb-07 16 / 17 / Mario Kart DS / DS / Nintendo / Nov-05 18 / 12 / New Super Mario Bros. / DS / Nintendo / May-06 WHY WON'T YOU DIE!!!???!!!???

huntervaneg
huntervaneg

@MudkipMaster30 I cannot believe Mario Kart Ds and New Super Mario Bros continue in the top 20... But they deserve it... They are classic jewels, but the most important of all is that they are extremely fun and suitable for all ages... So far, both of them are in the group of the best of the best on the DS system, and for any new owner of this handheld are excellent choices...

morgonstjarnan
morgonstjarnan

No surprise about Bayonetta. Playing a satanic witch out to murder angels might be a hit with reviewers and some fans, but the vast majority of gamers will stick with Mass Effect 2 or MW2, and families will stick with the Wii and Sims.

MuddyMaestro
MuddyMaestro

I can't believe Mario Kart DS and New Super Mario Bros. (DS) are still in the top 20. Granted, they were pretty good games at the time, but much better games have come within the last four years, and cheaper games at that.

HavocV3
HavocV3

Gran Turismo will be the top PS3 game, unless Forza somehow did enough damage. doubt it though.

MediaMessiah
MediaMessiah

must likely considering that ffxiii is also going to be on xbox

metalkid9
metalkid9

Interesting. Personally, with all the hype around GOW3 I think it's gonna top any PS3 game in terms of sales.