NPD: Canadian game sales up 28 percent in April

Industry-tracking group reports good jump over previous year in north-of-the-border software sales while hardware sales more than double.

While sales-chart fanatics sweat out the wait for the NPD Group's US game industry retail sales figures for April, the Canadian arm of the research firm has released its own totals for the month.

According to the NPD Group's figures, Canadian software sales were up more than 28 percent over April 2006, for a total of more than C$37.1 million ($33.8 million). Driven by the latest generation of consoles, hardware sales more than doubled, up 130 percent to C$34.2 million ($31.1 million). Combined with accessory sales, the overall game industry took in C$80.7 million ($73.4 million) at Canadian retailers for the month, a 64 percent bump over the year before.

Nintendo had a particularly good month, with the Wii outselling all hardware with more than 42,100 units sold. Following closely behind was the DS, with 34,900 systems sold. The rest of the hardware field lagged significantly behind, with the PlayStation 2 (18,000), Xbox 360 (12,800), and PlayStation Portable (12,100) rounding out the top five. The PlayStation 3 delivered 7,200 sales, edged out by the Game Boy Advance and its 7,900 units sold.

Nintendo also fared well on the game charts, delivering the top four best-selling games of the month with Pokémon Diamond, Pokémon Pearl, Wii Play, and Super Paper Mario, in that order. While Diamond and Pearl for the DS are fundamentally the same game, consumers expressed a preference for the former--it outsold its counterpart 48,000 to 37,200 for the month. Sony's God of War II for the PlayStation 2 broke Nintendo's run on the charts with a fifth-place finish and 11,600 copies sold.

Finally, Nintendo topped the accessories sales charts as well, with the Wii Remote, Nunchuk controller, and Wii Points Card being the three best-selling peripherals of the month. They were followed by the Xbox 360 wireless controller and the PlayStation 2 8MB memory card, respectively.

The NPD Group's US retail figures are expected to be released later today.

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111 comments
snizo
snizo

i hope nintendo continues to grow up it is my console as young but today i prefer sony playstation to be the one and only because of the great games and variety

theKSMM
theKSMM

Nintendo's fortunes continue to rise. Their decision to target the mainstream and sell low-cost consoles seems to be paying off for them.

kornopolis
kornopolis

KAIRYU-SHIN If that¿s true, then why does PS2 kick GC ass?, GC was cheaper and you see, it was a failure. So it is not the price, it is the console, and of course the games (that's why X-Box 360 is selling more consoles too, cuz their games have better graphics than those of the PS3). ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PS2 was considerably cheap and the fact that it had a DVD player in it and PS1 playback Helped to sell a whole lot more than gamecube and they pretty much had all the third party support due mainly to nintendo coming out a year later. As for the PS3 well most people are quite comfortable with DVD at the moment its not realy old or outdated and realy wants to replace that collection and the price is outrageous, most dont wanna take the chance just yet Blue Ray just hasnt been out that long not to mention competion with HD-DVD. But Blue Ray could help in the long run if it becomes standard but as for now not to many games are gonna use all that space. I'm sure Square will proably try and take advantage of it, As for me I actually dont mind getting up to change discs.

JAREDJR
JAREDJR

Hooray for Nintendo in Canada!

DaredevilFan
DaredevilFan

I only have a PS2 system and i have all the games that i want for the system including Gof of War2 possibly the last great PS2 title. Ill get a PS3 when theres better games out there for the system.

7arek
7arek

It's great that Nintendo's doing so well, but I'd really like to see some more effort by the third parties, to release some good games on the wii......more than boogie.

master_49
master_49

Just throwing in my 2 cents...personally, $700 is steep for me to invest in a game system, especially since I already own Wii and 360. But, if you have a HDTV, no Wii/360 and need a Blu-ray disc player, the PS3 is actually a pretty good deal! But...the games that make me drool are on the other 2 consoles (Gears of War, Mario games, Zelda Twilight Princess). Also, like everyone else said, YAY CANADA! :)

_GZ_X_
_GZ_X_

Wii hockey plz :)

Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

You know, I've been thinking. If Nintendo is making money on every Wii sold. How far could they have upped the Wii's graphics (which does actually surpass GC) and break out even?

Icarusmk3
Icarusmk3

@KAIRYU-SHIN (that's why X-Box 360 is selling more consoles too, cuz their games have better graphics than those of the PS3). I'll take that as a personal statement, since the many throngs of PS3 fan boys will definitely state otherwise. But thus far the number of quality (not just graphically, but in gameplay) games that the 360 has is definitely more than the PS3 (*since it was released a year earlier). This is the reason why it is currently selling more than the PS3, not because it has better graphics. If it were the case of graphics only, wouldn't the Wii be stomped by the other two??? Since we clearly don't see this case. It is a matter of price point (as stated earlier) and what you get out of it. If in 1 year, you see all the great games moving to the PS3, then undoubtedly many more people will be moving on to that system. ==> PCs still owns all though =)

KAIRYU-SHIN
KAIRYU-SHIN

@Ensabuhnur ***Someone made a very good point. It's not the games this generation, it's the price point. And it's becoming more and moe obvious, the lowest priced system is likely to win. Parents are usually the one who purchase systems and it's a lot easier to get them to bite on a cheaper console.*** If that¿s true, then why does PS2 kick GC ass?, GC was cheaper and you see, it was a failure. So it is not the price, it is the console, and of course the games (that's why X-Box 360 is selling more consoles too, cuz their games have better graphics than those of the PS3).

metroid_dragon
metroid_dragon

Nice to see Nintendo's doing so well still here at home. Although I would like to see a bit more interest in teh 360 as well.

Bigboss232
Bigboss232

price drop would help ps3 alot surprised by wii suckcees is cool

Ensabuhnur
Ensabuhnur

Someone made a very good point. It's not the games this generation, it's the price point. And it's becoming more and moe obvious, the lowest priced system is likely to win. Parents are usually the one who purchase systems and it's a lot easier to get them to bite on a cheaper console.

yukine
yukine

Wow, it's nearly identical to the sales figures for the U.S., I wonder what the top selling accessories in the U.S. are though? They don't seem keep track of those numbers for here.

TTDog
TTDog

If nothing else it shows that Nintendo have got their pricing policy spot on.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Nintendo are doing very well lately.

chicken008
chicken008

Wooo! The new Pokemon games are great! :)

juanfraino
juanfraino

Go GBA! Let's beat that ps3 next month too!

KAIRYU-SHIN
KAIRYU-SHIN

Huh! PS3 selling less than GBA in Canada too, owned again.

GabuEx
GabuEx

"Can we keep our fanboyism to video game systems, and keep our respective nations out of it." I'd prefer it if we didn't keep our fanboyism at all, but failing that... :P I'm a proud Canadian who is also very fond of America, having been there many times. No reason why you have to dig on one to show that you like the other. Anyway, glad to see my country shares my taste in consoles. ;)

Zacek
Zacek

The PS2 memory card? I need two!

Strag3n
Strag3n

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ryokinshin6x3
ryokinshin6x3

may ur gona see a jump for ps3 sales since ebgames is doing that 399 thing, ps3s hav not been in stock the whole month because of that and there was a line up to get them the first day of the promo. obivously sony needs a price drop its kinda weird seeing wii controllers full stock while nunchucks are all gone, someone needs to pass the word that u need both

ControllerLord
ControllerLord

Collideoscope-- "Can we keep our fanboyism to video game systems, and keep our respective nations out of it. As a Canadian I'm proud to have the U.S. as a neighbour. Because of them, I have HBO. " I agree with you, I have never cared or thought twice about where a gamer is from because it doesn't matter, but when that Riamo guy said something as dumb as he did (and I think his comments were totally erased or something) I had to say something rational back. I love Canada and everything; without Canada there would be no Kids In The Hall :)

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

That is a good analogy but not for games. The game companies make money off of games sold.....that is the bread and butter....royalties. Therefore the more systems you have the more games you can sell and the more money you can bring in.

Justin_W
Justin_W

Hondas sell better than Porsches... Anyone see the analogy?

thekey
thekey

PS3 sold anastounding 7,200 units! WOW! And I thought the 360's sales were bad!

nemesis9632
nemesis9632

i agree with cjnwo4life, this is portable system that is less than 1/2 the cost. But what is really funny about what deadkingdg has written is that the Xbox360 sold 174,000 wile the PS3 sold 82,000. I am not a Fanboy but I am a gamer that enjoys a good game no matter the platform (or PC) that it is on. I have seen all too much PS3 and X360 people fighting and the PS3 fanboys always say "PS3 is now outselling the X360 and the X360 will die" Well by what you have shown here is that the X360 out sold the PS3, more than 2x the units were sold. OUCH that's gotta hurt.......

cjnwo4life
cjnwo4life

deadkingdg Your statement is utterly ridiculous. How can you compare a $169 portable machine to a high end console? Come on now. You cannot be that desperate???

slayer1090
slayer1090

PS3- $600 GBA $75 The GBA is a portable system and should never cost anything near the ps3. Sony does need a price cut ($50-$100) but not like the price of the GBA.

Acervartan
Acervartan

This tells me that cheaper sells better. Too bad the Wii doesnt have more decent software otherwise I might grab one as well.

deadkingdg
deadkingdg

From IGN: Below are the total hardware sales for the month of April: * Nintendo DS: 471,000 * Wii: 360,000 * PlayStation 2: 194,000 * PlayStation Portable: 183,000 * Xbox 360: 174,000 * GameBoy Advance: 84,000 * PlayStation 3: 82,000 * GameCube: 13,000 While Nintendo is the big winner, Sony is still second. Even the PSP beats the X360.

leo4578
leo4578

PS3- $600 GBA $75 Sony needs a price cut.

Collideoscope
Collideoscope

Can we keep our fanboyism to video game systems, and keep our respective nations out of it. As a Canadian I'm proud to have the U.S. as a neighbour. Because of them, I have HBO. :).

brant_almighty
brant_almighty

HAHAHAHA, the PS3 was beaten by the gameboy advance. Classic!

ganon546
ganon546

God of War 2 rules supreme!

sciss0rz
sciss0rz

It's fun being Canadian.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

NICE, hahhaa, the PS3 got out sold by the GBA, freaking hilarious and sad at the same time. I want the PS3 to do decent, not because I love Sony but because I want competition so prices will be better for everyone.

taki_
taki_

well idc bout how much ps3 sells as long as more people get resistance so i kick there ass in it :)