ChartSpot: June 2009

Prototype tops NPD's monthly non-PC top 20 with nearly 600,000 units, while Ghostbusters just misses the top 10; Sims 3 new PC king, Spore Galactic Adventures opens strong.

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Yesterday, the NPD Group released numbers more grim than even the gloomiest of analysts had predicted. In June, US sales of non-PC game software, hardware, and accessories shrank by 31 percent, or $530 million, compared to the same period in 2008. Even though the month saw the worst monthly showing since September 2000, titles like Prototype and UFC 2009: Undisputed tried to rally against the trend, both selling over 330,000 in June.

PC gamers cozied up to the Sims 3.
PC gamers cozied up to the Sims 3.

Today, the industry tracking group offered top-20 lists of best-selling PC and non-PC software in the US. Prototype's Xbox 360 edition topped the non-PC chart with 419,000 units sold, more than double its 13th-place, PlayStation 3 counterpart's 179,200-unit haul. Together, the two versions' total was a robust 598,200 units.

Besides Prototype, the top three is a reshuffle of the previous month, with UFC 2009: Undisputed moving from first to second, and EA Sports Active remaining at third. In fourth was the Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (272,400 units), which came bundled with Wii MotionPlus, followed by the Balance Board-bonded Wii Fit (271,600) in fifth. Sixth and seventh place finisher Fight Night Round 4 sold over 460,000 units combined, with Mario Kart Wii (eighth, 202,100 units), the 360 Red Faction: Guerrilla (ninth, 199,400), and the PS3-only Infamous (10th, 192,700) rounding out the top 10.

With NPD discontinuing its weekly PC charts mid-month, its monthly top 20 is now the only nationwide regular report of retail PC game sales. The month's big winner was the already platinum Sims 3, which took the top two slots with its regular and collector's editions. In third was its predecessor in the form of the Sims 2 Double Deluxe, followed by perennial favorites World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (fourth) and World of Warcraft: Battle Chest (fifth).

The bottom half of the top 10 were made up familiar faces. EA's new expansion Spore Galactic Adventures infected sixth place, with the original Spore just two spaces behind. In between was the stand-alone World of Warcraft--still popular nearly five years after its October 2004 release--followed by Sega's Empire: Total War. In 10th place was another Blizzard game with six years seniority on WOW--Starcraft: Battle Chest.

Other new releases making the top 20 included 2K Games' Civilization IV: Complete Edition (13th), Activision's Prototype (18th), and Atari's Ghostbusters: The Video Game.

TOP-SELLING SOFTWARE SKUs - JUNE 2009
Last Month / Rank / Title / Publisher / Units**
* / 1) Prototype (X360) / Activision / 419,900
1 / 2) UFC 2009: Undisputed (X360) / THQ / 338,300
3 / 3) EA Sports Active Bundle (Wii) / EA / 289,100
* / 4) Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (Wii) / EA / 272,400
2 / 5) Wii Fit (Wii) / Nintendo / 271,600
* / 6) Fight Night Round 4 (X360) / EA / 260,800
* / 7) Fight Night Round 4 (PS3) / EA / 210,300
7 / 8) Mario Kart Wii with Wheel (Wii) / Nintendo / 202,100
* / 9) Red Faction: Guerrilla (X360) / THQ / 199,400
5 / 10) Infamous (PS3) / Sony / 192,700
* / 11) Ghostbusters: The Video Game (X360) / Atari
4 / 12) UFC 2009: Undisputed (PS3) / THQ
* / 13) Prototype (PS3) / Activision / 179,200
6 / 14) Pokemon Platinum (DS) / Nintendo
8 / 15) Punch-Out!! (Wii) / Nintendo
10 / 16) Wii Play with Remote (Wii) / Nintendo
* / 17) Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (X360) / EA
12 / 18) Mario Kart DS (DS) / Nintendo
* / 19) The Legendary Starfy (DS) / Nintendo
11 / 20) New Super Mario Bros. (DS) / Nintendo

TOP-SELLING PC SOFTWARE - JUNE 2009***
Last Month / Rank / Title / Publisher
* / 1) The Sims 3 / EA
* / 2) The Sims 3 Collector's Edition / EA
2 / 3) The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA
1 / 4) World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Activision Blizzard
3 / 5) World of Warcraft: Battle Chest / Activision Blizzard
* / 6) Spore Galactic Adventures / EA
4 / 7) World of Warcraft / Activision Blizzard
6 / 8) Spore / EA
5 / 9) Empire: Total War / Sega
10 / 10) Starcraft: Battle Chest / Activision Blizzard
11 / 11) World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade / Activision Blizzard
13 / 12) Reel Deal Slots Adventure / Phantom EFX
* / 13) Civilization IV: Complete Edition / 2K Games
18 / 14) Warcraft III Battle Chest / Activision Blizzard
14 / 15) Sim City Box / EA
16 / 16) Diablo Battle Chest / Activision Blizzard
8 / 17) The Sims 2 Apartment Life / EA
* / 18) Prototype / Activision
17 / 19) Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion GOTY Edition / 2K Games
* / 20) Ghostbusters: The Video Game / Atari

* = Not in Top 20 last month
** = Figures include Collector's Editions and non-hardware bundles.
*** = The above chart reflects the NPD Group's PC sales data drawn from a cross-sampling of retailers nationwide. Therefore, it does not include game sales through nontraditional channels such as digital distribution.

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