Halo 3 dominates Canadian NPD September numbers

Bungie shooter and NHL 08 sit atop software chart as Xbox 360 finishes first in monthly hardware sales race.

Microsoft was counting on Halo 3 to spike sales of the Xbox 360, and that's exactly what happened upon the game's release last month, if the just-released Canadian NPD September sales figures are anything to go by.

After Xbox 360 hardware sales brought up the rear in July following Sony's price cut on the PlayStation 3, Microsoft's console has roared back to the head of the pack. The 360's Canadian sales of more than 51,000 systems in September even surpassed Nintendo's one-two chart-topping punch of the Wii and DS, which moved nearly 43,000 and 45,000 units, respectively. Furthermore, the PlayStation 3 bounced back from a down August with sales of nearly 16,000 units, which pushed it to roughly the same level of sales it saw following the price cut. Rounding out the field, the PlayStation Portable delivered sales of 22,000, whereas the PlayStation 2 could finally be losing some of its steam, considering that it turned in sales of a little over 16,000 for the month.

As expected, Halo 3 was the best-selling game of the month, with the standard edition selling nearly 135,000 copies, more than twice that of the next best-selling game. Interestingly enough, the C$149.99 ($153) Legendary Edition package of Halo 3, which included a replica Master Chief helmet, managed to sell 27,000 copies, which beat out the 25,000 sold of the C$79.99 ($82) Limited Edition version of the game. The standard edition Halo 3 costs C$69.99 ($72).

Halo 3 wasn't the only new hit of the month. As one might expect in Wayne Gretzky's homeland, Electronic Arts' NHL 08 also had a strong debut, with the Xbox 360 version's 54,000 sold making it the second-best-selling game of the month. The PS2 edition of the game came in third with 42,000, whereas the PS3 version netted nearly 21,000 sales. Nintendo's frequent bestseller Wii Play was relegated to a fifth-place finish with a little less than 25,000 copies sold.

Overall, the Canadian game industry posted September sales of C$129.7 million ($133.1 million), nearly double those of last September's C$66.2 million ($67.9 million). Hardware was responsible for C$56.3 million ($57.8 million) in sales, a 156 percent spike, with games up 60 percent to C$59.5 million ($61 million). Accessories also performed well, doubling last September's sales of C$6.9 million ($7.1 million) to bring in almost C$13.9 million ($14.3 million) for the month.

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169 comments
cosmostein77
cosmostein77

gamerkid99- Have you walked into a Future Shop? Almost all of the GTA FS's are sold out of Xbox 360 Elites whereas even with the 200 drop on the PS3 80 gig w/Motorstorm I can still walk in and there are some on shelves. As for the Wii as of this morning not a single GTA Best Buy or Future Shop had stock. Looks like the PS3 is FAR from taking over.

will_i_am_11
will_i_am_11

its wasnt canada only.. it was the world it dominated

Kai_88
Kai_88

This just in, Halo 3 sales topples tacos in Mexico City.

sirhamalot
sirhamalot

Interesting to see that the Canucks still get screwed with the exchange rate. Oh well they benefited during the 90s with boarder crossing deals and a lower value dollar.

uk_beny
uk_beny

halo dominated the world about a mounth ago master chief is now the master chief of the world

876tk
876tk

ok, now that the canadian dollar is worth more than the american dollar (or about the same) why are games still 10 f-ing dollars more here, and consoles are still like 50 bucks more here, this is really dumb, and they need to change it. and i wouldn't be surprised if the ps3 did start selling better in canada when the put the 60 gig at $500 in the U.S. because it was $700 in canada then it dropped to $550- $150 price drop! 360 STILL RULES!

gamerkid99
gamerkid99

i live in Toronto...yah no 360 or Wii ads here...Halo 3 is getting sour and PS3 is taking over slowly =/ PS3 60GB dropepd by 200 here

saintsrowCS
saintsrowCS

Yes most of the population is concentrated in the south and of course people live all over the place but look at the something like the capitals (north) Whitehorse about 20K, Iqaluit 6K, Yellowknife 19K. Vancouver is a great city but greatest city in NA by who (LINK?), and your welcome for all the production we do there. CAD almost USD ALMOST hey we might as well annex

onthe_dl
onthe_dl

plus we don't have a monkey in charge

vanhalendlrband
vanhalendlrband

Actually saintsrow the population is pretty spread out. but all along the southern part of the country if you mean. But there are still a lot of people that live throughout way up into the arctic. Our country started nearly a hundred years after yours did, and there was already a lot more people who discovered those areas a lot longer time ago then Vancouver which is probably one of the newer cities, and is also regarded as THE BEST CITY IN NORTH AMERICA BY FAR. So whats so good about that? Do i even need to go on. Our dollar is just as good as yours is anyways and way less people haha.

saintsrowCS
saintsrowCS

So you're saying overpopulation is a good thing? No but whats so good about having the 2nd largest country in the world but barely having anyone in it (compared to the size) and having the population concentrated in one area?

onthe_dl
onthe_dl

"@DiabloBasher(AKA:XBot) Your lack of videogame/hardware knowledge astounds me. PS3 is not the system with upscaled 1080p resolutions, that would be your beloved RROD machine. PS3 runs 1080p natively. Also, the trend of 360 to PS3 porting is dying, you'd be hard pressed to find any games like that, as of late- as Sony has lended support to developers in a campaign to end this ridiculous trend. There are no games with framerate difficulties that you mention in plural, except for Madden-I have it, and it still looks and plays beautiful. Doesn't Halo 3 run at 640 FPS? If you actually played any PS3 games, which by your blatant expression of fiction, you do not- you would realize that PS3 actually has an excellent library of fun games for a less than one year old system-some games, of which, are technically impossible to be reproduced on 360(the actual trend that is taking place). First do your homework, then bash like you actually know something." hahahhaa that's the dumbest thing i've ever read. elite runs 1080 p natively and ps3 doesn't have many games running in 1080p, i know because i have a ps3 that hasn't been turned on in months. resolution has nothing to do with graphics, i play mario in 720p on my wii, does that mean that the original mario has better graphics then halo 3? and 640 fps is a bit ridiculous, kinda unnecessary since our eyes aren't that fast but i guess that's cool to know, i never knew that (sarcasm) do your homework you idiot. oh and ps3 games dont have probs? nhl 08, madden, fear, skate, cod3, darkness..... i'm just going to stop now

onthe_dl
onthe_dl

"qoute: d4rkod - Ps3 will rise friends..and Canada is the most beautiful country in the world and the 2nd largest. XD Canada is the 2nd largest in the world but your population isn't even in the top 20, most countries are beautiful" So you're saying overpopulation is a good thing?

DJ_Lae
DJ_Lae

27,000 people are going to be cramming their Master Chief helmets in boxes and pitching them in a year's time. I can't believe so many people were willing to wrap their feet around their head for a hunk of plastic and a couple of extra discs.

saintsrowCS
saintsrowCS

qoute: d4rkod - Ps3 will rise friends..and Canada is the most beautiful country in the world and the 2nd largest. XD Canada is the 2nd largest in the world but your population isn't even in the top 20, most countries are beautiful

buzzguy
buzzguy

On a related note, both Walmart and Zellers are bringing-down game prices to match the rising CDN dollar (about time).

buzzguy
buzzguy

Wow. I'm more impressed that the 360 version of NHL sold more than the PS2 version. Times, they are a'changin...

ballroomwest
ballroomwest

Halo 3 (yawwwwn!) only sold so many due to its overhyping not because its good. It'll be forgotten after christmas, just like the first 2 boring games. Now FarCry 2, however, IS a game to get excited about. ( Q2 2008 ) . Sure, Gears of War was hyped to hell too, but it actually lived up to it. p.s ...GEARS OF WAR ON PC SOON WOOOOOOOOOH! ! PWNAGE :D

ballroomwest
ballroomwest

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-KILLIONAIRE-
-KILLIONAIRE-

Halo deserves its obvious domination and authority! Bungie worked very, very hard for it and it should be appreciated in every single angle available!

d4rkod
d4rkod

Ps3 will rise friends..and Canada is the most beautiful country in the world and the 2nd largest.

juggalo
juggalo

I love fanboys! No wait I dont. No, I've got a better idea...let's start quoting framerates at each other! Let's not and just pretend we did. Otherwise we'd be idiots right? Oh no.

xcollector
xcollector

"I live in Canada and the prices came down ten dollars. I bought Bioshock on launch day for 59.99 and I bought Halo 3 standard for 59.99....as well as The Orange Box for 59.99."( Shaner258 )Yeah but you're still getting ripped off at the current exchange rate, though not as bad at 69.99 and those were sale prices, not regular prices.

Beefycake
Beefycake

Let us Canadian celebrate with a good ol cup of Tim Hortons!

Shaner258
Shaner258

I live in Canada and the prices came down ten dollars. I bought Bioshock on launch day for 59.99 and I bought Halo 3 standard for 59.99....as well as The Orange Box for 59.99. Yeah, I'm pretty sure the prices went down.

AZisBack
AZisBack

Anthony71B. You obviously don't know what you are talking about. If halo runs at 640 FPS then it is obviously the fastest frame rate in any game in history. Although I know what you're meaning if your going to bash get your facts correct. Although I eventually plan on getting a PS3 there is no games that make me want to buy the system right now.

Anthony71B
Anthony71B

@DiabloBasher(AKA:XBot) Your lack of videogame/hardware knowledge astounds me. PS3 is not the system with upscaled 1080p resolutions, that would be your beloved RROD machine. PS3 runs 1080p natively. Also, the trend of 360 to PS3 porting is dying, you'd be hard pressed to find any games like that, as of late- as Sony has lended support to developers in a campaign to end this ridiculous trend. There are no games with framerate difficulties that you mention in plural, except for Madden-I have it, and it still looks and plays beautiful. Doesn't Halo 3 run at 640 FPS? If you actually played any PS3 games, which by your blatant expression of fiction, you do not- you would realize that PS3 actually has an excellent library of fun games for a less than one year old system-some games, of which, are technically impossible to be reproduced on 360(the actual trend that is taking place). First do your homework, then bash like you actually know something.

-Anticrash-
-Anticrash-

seriously eh? You guys don't have to say "eh?" in every single sentence eh? Don't you see my point eh? It's annoying eh? Very annoying eh?

PuffstaJones
PuffstaJones

its so weird to see the canadian dollar higher than american. good for me though

wando77
wando77

You can tell the people that are scared they've purchased the wrong system and aren't real gamers by dumb comments like - PS3 has 'true 1080p and 360 doesn't Who gives a flying F%*$. I have a 1080p samsung LCD but I'd rather play a great game at 640x480 then a crappy game like lair at 1080p. You guys have lost your way somewhere along the line and forgotten the reason you play games.

ashuncc2
ashuncc2

Good news for MS. I still would like to see some good games come out for PS3 and Wii. Zelda and...... FYI- Yes. I own a 360 and DS, but I plan on purchasing a Wii and PS3. The game libraries just need to grow some.

ThrillhouseLive
ThrillhouseLive

LOL at the legendary verisonm outsold the limited edition.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

PS3 "bounced back" with the lowest numbers by more than a third.

nathris
nathris

"hah I love the canadian $ translation now" Yea, now if only the retailers would take notice and stop selling games at $10 higher than they do in the US. I want NHL 08 soo badly, but the PC version is just so abysmal.

mjk_1
mjk_1

hah I love the canadian $ translation now

wiifan001
wiifan001

Why the heck is this on the Wii news section?!

RgvXavi
RgvXavi

360 is definitely in good position to have one of, if not the best, holiday consumer spending of all time; in any media. what's killing sony is that their first-party software hasn't come out in bunches like the 360's library. MS has done a good job of leading into the shopping season by releasing BioShock in August, Halo 3 now and Mass Effect in November. also, rumors abound that MS will drop the price further right after the Halloween fever has turned to the usual Christmas shopping season. People are going to go shopping and see: the 360 with 65nm chips, huge Library(including Live Arcade), Xbox Live and the best Customer Repair plan EVER(3 billion est. cost). they will look at ps3 and see a supercomputer. not good. Ms is in good position indeed, now they have to capitalize and really put the pressure on Sony to produce software; and not supercomputers.

gamer082009
gamer082009

Microsoft is pwning everyone...wait until Mass Effect hits retail. The 360 is just in a perfect posistion to dominate this holiday. This may be the best gaming year ever if your an 360 owner..like me :)

jimjam146
jimjam146

Anybody who didn't see this coming (business analyst morons I am talking to you) seriously had their heads crammed up their butts. Its about the games and it always will be. When you have the best games, you will win the console war. Period. If Sony has any hope of getting back into this race, they don't need price cuts, they need games, and I don't think Ratchet and Clank will cut it!

AngelsongCA
AngelsongCA

Seems like this generation will end in this way: Wii XBOX 360 PS2(Yes 2)

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

PS2 = PS3 sales once again.

AngelsongCA
AngelsongCA

@thug_angel123 Well it's simple thug angel, it's going to have a mass effect on sales. Horrible pun complete.

thug_angel123
thug_angel123

now I can't imagine what destruction mass effect will bring...

AngelsongCA
AngelsongCA

The U.S. and Canada are wising up. We're not Japanese lap dogs. If you want us to buy your products Sony, you better make it worth our while or go home.

SilvrDog
SilvrDog

Its great to see the 360 going strong. I do find it strange about the PS 3 though. I remember hearing and see all the hype for this system, yet the sales show's other wise. Don't get me wrong, Playstation 2 struggled hard for awhile before it picked up and now it seems the the PS 3 is following its older brothers example by being slow to start. I think that the sales for the PS 3 will steadily climb over the next year. Its just to bad that it could not have had a faster climb.

FalconerX
FalconerX

So in canada that means the 360 console is selling 3-1 on ps3 and 20-1 games wise? If that was Sony doing those stats i cant help but think this article would of been writen slightly different........ either way it shows ms and nintendo pulling further and further away from the ps3.

munsoned
munsoned

just imagine how well the 360 will sell with a nother 75 bucks off each sku... what r u waiting for ms ???? third place.....