Halo: Reach sells 3.3 million, Xbox 360 adds another 484,000

With NPD Group no longer reporting numbers, Microsoft forced to toot own horn, claim top-selling console for the month as Bungie shooter marks a milestone.

Earlier this week, the industry-tracking NPD Group said it was stripping down its monthly public release of US retail sales data. Starting with today's release of the September figures, the market research firm will no longer break out numbers for software or hardware sales.

Halo "Reached" the top of the charts once again.

Not to be denied a victory lap for the recently published Halo: Reach, Microsoft made public the NPD Group's figures for the Bungie-developed first-person shooter. The Xbox 360 maker today boasted sales of 3.3 million copies for Halo: Reach in the US during September, saying it is just the third game this generation to top 3 million US retail sales in its debut month. Halo 3 sold 3.3 million in September of 2007, while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 topped a staggering 6 million in November of 2009.

Halo: Reach also proved to be a system seller, as the Xbox 360 hardware sold 484,000 units for the month, a 37 percent jump year-over-year. Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg said that the Xbox 360 was not only the top-selling console for the month according to the NPD, but was the only system to post better sales last month than it did in September of 2009.

For data the NPD Group actually saw fit to release today, check out GameSpot's monthly sales write-up later today.

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SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

I sold my PS2 and bought a Xbox just to play Halo cause I was blown away from the coop and multiplayer of it. High school parties just wasn't the same after I got it. Also Halo 3 was the only reason I got a Xbox Live subscription. With the daily challenges in Reach I am still going back to that game when I got Fallout staring at me.

SkochTape117
SkochTape117

@omegaTau well if Halo wasn't a system seller then explain why it was the killer app for the original Xbox, even on the reviews they said it was worth buying an Xbox for ALONE. and i agree:)

King_Jeremy_77
King_Jeremy_77

I don't play too many shooters, but i love Reach.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

ehh im suck of halo all together its nice its helping sales but still are fps games all ppl in the states buy?

jdog8888888
jdog8888888

I love Halo Reach. Sad this is last Bungie Halo.

Grim_Reaper007
Grim_Reaper007

@OmegaTau ... Halo wasn't a system seller? From what I remember its what sold the original Xbox.

OmegaTau
OmegaTau

Just 3.3 million halo always has been for the fanboys of halo never really was a system seller except for the easley milked that went and re bought an xbox sense it was a halo special edition. Also bragging about how quick it sold is like blizz bragging about how quick blizzcon sold out.

steverams
steverams

so the game sales out earned the console sales by 50 mil. interesting.

delta3074
delta3074

good game deserves the sales

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

Well of course it's going to sell that many copies. Halo is a game that a lot of different people enjoy.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

It's no surprise that it is still being sold. It's like one of those titles you don't want to miss out on playing. What needs to come out now is Gears Of War 3.

Blitzkrieg129
Blitzkrieg129

Just a little note...when you compare product sales, you have to take in every single little factor. So, MW2 sold 6+ million units in the first month and Halo sold 3.3+ million in the first month. Only difference? MW2 was released on 360, PS3, NDS(lol), and PC. Halo was only on 360. It's like the difference in sales Square Enix made when they released FF13 for PS3 & 360 (finally, jeeze.)

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@ Jim60360 Because im from London i know people who were out at midnight waiting to get FIFA halo isn't the first game to have it also in it's second week was knocked off the top spot by an F1 game that kinda show a more varied taste of games Also wrath of the lichking dwarfed any launched days I've seen although I was working and couldn't be at the MW2 launch

frazzle00
frazzle00

I haven't been a Halo fan in the past (having only played through Halo 3 in coop campaign) but I was mightly impressed with Halo Reach. Not the best first person shooter ever (I'd have to give that to Doom or Half Life 2) but definitely worth playing if you're a fan of the genre :).

kenmanius
kenmanius

@ancientdozer The point I'm making is that the fanboys are so zany they say Reach is so great on every level that they make the claim that the graphics are comparable to anything out there. It's well made but the framerate stutters make me think of a pc game that runs at high settings except when the system can't handle it all. But I did get Reach last week and I really enjoy it. Best Halo since part 1 imo.

kakashi6666
kakashi6666

the psp isnt a console its a hand held system so theres no point in bringing it up in here

robx360
robx360

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Flint247
Flint247

Oops, a flame war is currently happening over machines right now, I better get out of here! o.o *runs*

Flint247
Flint247

Halo Reach is an amazing game. Way to go, Bungie! :D

Janpieterzun
Janpieterzun

@XZ219 I will agree with you on those points, they deserve accolades for their market strategy. As a gamer this is just on a personal level i can't fall for repurchasing a repackaged gamecube, i used to love nintedo don't get me wrong. On the factual side the attach is still horrendous, the Wii is like a graveyard for 3rd party publishers. Nintendo shows you a console can survive just fine without third party support. Also i am a gamer that fell out of love with the disney-esque nintendo culture.

Janpieterzun
Janpieterzun

@penpusher Its fact look at attach-rates and sales figures. Wii pushes consoles but not games, the attach is like 1 game per 1 console. PS3 is 4 to 1 360 is around 6-7 to 1.

OleanderX
OleanderX

Halo Reach is BROKEN!!!!! once they put in reticule bloom they changed the whole game...Everything about it is broken! Bring back HALO 2-Simple and FUN. I could loose every game all night and still have fun. Bring it back as an arcade game with all the maps for 20$.

squidracerX
squidracerX

@swamptick yeah i dont get the fanboy thing you got going? Wii sold the most by far, but gets the average lowest game scores on this site, so what do sale really mater on "who's best" anyway? Wii sells the best but is probably not going to be remembered as the best of this generation... And the xbox and ps3 are basically at the same exact sales numbers world-wide right now, (different by only a small %), and the 360 had a year head start, so how is that clearly the winner? I think that the future will decide who the "winner" was, but i doubt it will be very clear cut. And the PSP has sold more than the 360, that doesn't mean the PSP is better either....

robx360
robx360

@ AuronAXE I am a microsoft fanboy. I also own a ps3 and a paperweight. I mean a wii sorry lol.

robx360
robx360

Graphics are nothing compared to game play.

NND1
NND1

XBoX is The MANNNNNNN!

Jim60360
Jim60360

@Sirbobislost how can you say that? on the launch day the streets of london were packed with people waiting to get halo! plus there was a guy dressed like a spartan flying around on a REAL jetpack!

Gadeos
Gadeos

We all kind off saw this coming, besides, Reach really is a hell of a game. Congratulations Bungie, I'm already looking forward to know your next project.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Congrats Microsoft, those are some good results, I think Sony did well too. I only wish fanboys would think more of both consoles rather then one, in the end it's the gaming development industry in the whole that counts.

flyinghogshow
flyinghogshow

@swamptick "the 360 is clearly the dominant platform of this generation" (looks at wii sales)..... no offense or anything just saying.

Ninja922
Ninja922

Console fanboys still exist? How sad...

swamptick
swamptick

Put out a superior product and it will have superior sales numbers. Good job Bungie and Microsoft for giving the people what they want. Despite what a few hundred forum goers say, the 360 is clearly the dominant platform of this generation and Halo Reach is one of it's dominant apps.

VW_MKIII
VW_MKIII

Is it just me, or is the NPD really droping the ball when it comes to statistics! Boooooo NPD!!

EEyer9
EEyer9

mw 2 sold on 4 differnt gaming systems. Halo reach on just 1. just think what the numbers would be if halo reach was on the ps3 and the pc. In my mind halo reach or mass effect 2 will get game of the year.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@kenmanius Which doesn't matter because it still sold 3.3 million. If I'm not mistaken, that's more than either "graphically superior" game. I just wish we'd abandon the idea that graphics made a game. Games are getting shorter and more linear the bigger the graphics are (like FF13).

flyinghogshow
flyinghogshow

Gran Turismo 5 will make 3.3 look like nothing :p

UbberHappyGamer
UbberHappyGamer

Starcraft II sold 3 million in one month, and that was just on the PC. :) Just saying though. :P

kantusking
kantusking

Bungie did its homework on this one.

kenmanius
kenmanius

And yes Halo Reach graphics are awesome... for the 360. It doesn't touch games like Uncharted 2 or Crysis on pc. Sorry.

kenmanius
kenmanius

Red Ring of Death also helped sell some new 360's. Guess Microsoft will make out alright on their hardware.

bennae66
bennae66

@XanderZane couldnt agree more. i hardly play pc games, but starcraft 2 is brilliant, and am thoroughly enjoying it. i dont keep shooters long after i complete thier single player but halo has that certain something. ive spent countless hours in the forcge creating new ways to play the game. ive yet to set up warthog soccer tho..

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

One of the best games I have ever played!

XanderZane
XanderZane

This is not surprising. The game owns and is definitely better then Halo ODST and Halo 3. Bungie did their job this time. Gamers saying it sucks are just jealous fanboys who can never praise the competition. I'd be the first to give praise to games like UC2, Heavy Rain, SMG2 and Kirby Epic Yarn. Even Starcraft 2 was decent and I'm not a big PC gamer. Halo Reach is very impressive and the MP is right on. You can't knock the great scores and awesome sales.

aaron263
aaron263

Thumbs up if you contributed to these Halo Reach sales :)

rng_cougar
rng_cougar

@Everyone whining and complaining about console exclusives or which console is better... I like both 360 and PS3 but one thing that proves the PS3 is a 3rd party leeching wh*re is the fact that my 360 bioshock 1 case says ONLY FOR XBOX360 and sony got there hands on it for the money

IceJester45
IceJester45

Wow. Strong numbers out of Microsoft (again).

brian419
brian419

This in my opinion is the best Halo game to date.Great campaigne,great mutiplayer and new maps coming out next month.Bungie went out with a bang! I'm glad to see it selling well,it deserves it! Now Microsoft needs bring back Halo and Halo 2 on one disk remastered with 1000 gamerscore each like Sony did with God of War collection and soon Sly collection next month! Those great Halo games need to see this generation too!