March sees FFXIII, God of War III, Pokemon, Bad Company 2 sell over 1M - NPD

Four games go platinum as domestic industry bounces back by 6 percent; DS sells 700,800, Wii sells 557,500; 360 edges out PS3.

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After a dreary year that saw just one monthly increase in domestic game sales, March came in like a lion…and left like a lion. Thanks to a slew of blockbuster releases, combined sales of non-PC game hardware, software, and accessories for the month increased 6 percent to $1.44 billion, according to the NPD Group.

"In terms of total revenue, March 2010 is the third best non-holiday month on record behind March 2008 and June 2008," said NPD analyst Anita Frazier in a statement.

Final Fantasy XIII sold 1.322 million units on the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Final Fantasy XIII sold 1.322 million units on the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Hardware sales were the sole dark spot, falling 4 percent to $440.5 million. In the console race, the DS was the top finisher with 700,800 units. In unsurprising second was the Wii with 557,500 units, followed closely by last month's top console, the Xbox 360, with 338,400 units. The PlayStation 3 had to make do with fourth place and 313,900 units, followed by the PSP with 119,900 units, barely ahead of the nearly 10-year-old PlayStation 2's 118,300 units.

"Wii experienced its best non-holiday sales month (hardware) since March 2009," said Frazier, who also called out the PS3. "Sony's PS3 hardware posted its eighth consecutive month of year-over-year increases. For the first time since its launch in the US, the PS3 has four titles in the Top 10, and was also the leader in console software sales."

Sony's God of War III helped US non-PC software sales shoot up in March, rising 10 percent to $875.3 million. The PlayStation 3 exclusive topped NPD's top 10 list with 1.1 million units sold, the first time a game for Sony's platform has done so since Metal Gear Solid 4 in 2008.

That said, NPD's top 10 lists the highest-selling game software products--aka SKUs--and does not combine sales of multiplatform games. Were it to do that, Nintendo would have the top software prize with twin installments in its megapopular Pokemon series, which are ranked as the same game on Japanese sales charts. Some 1.02 million Pokemon SoulSilvers were taken, and 761,200 Pokemon HeartGolds were captured during the month, for a total of 1.78 million.

Another multiplatform release that went platinum was the long, long, long-awaited Final Fantasy XIII. Combined, the game sold 1.322 million units, moving 828,200 copies on the PS3 and 493,900 on the Xbox 360. Square Enix will likely see the latter figure as vindication for its controversial decision to bring the role-playing game to Microsoft's console outside Japan.

The month's last multiplatform platinum game was Battlefield: Bad Company 2, from Electronic Arts' Swedish studio DICE. The first-person shooter opened with a bang, selling a combined 1.276 million units. The Xbox 360 version of the game came in fourth on NPD's top 10 list with 825,500 million units, while the PS3 version trailed in eighth with 451,200 units.

Rounding out the top 10 were two perennial chart fixtures--New Super Mario Bros. (seventh) and the Wii Fit Plus Balance Board bundle (ninth)--and MLB 10: The Show, Sony's well-reviewed baseball sim for the PS3.

MARCH 2010 US GAME SALES

OVERALL DOLLAR SALES
Games: $1.52 billion (+6%)
Hardware: $440.5 million (-4%)
Software: $875.3 million (+10%)
Accessories: $206.8 million (+11%)

HARDWARE SALES
DS: 700,800
Wii: 557,500
Xbox 360: 338,400
PlayStation 3: 313,900
PSP: 119,900
PlayStation 2: 118,300

TOP 10 GAMES (by SKU)
Title / Platform / Publisher / Release Date / Units sold
1. God of War III / PS3 / SCEA / Mar-10 / 1.1 million
2. Pokemon SoulSilver / DS / Nintendo / Mar-10 / 1.02 million
3. Final Fantasy XIII / PS3 / Square Enix / Mar-10 / 828,200
4. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 / X360 / Electronic Arts / Mar-10 / 825,500
5. Pokemon HeartGold / DS / Nintendo / Mar-10 / 761,200
6. Final Fantasy XIII / X360 / Square Enix / Mar-10 / 493,900
7. New Super Mario Bros. Wii / Nintendo / Nov-09 / 457,400
8. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 / PS3 / Electronic Arts / Mar-10 / 451,200
9. Wii Fit Plus w/ Balance Board / Wii / Nintendo / Oct-09 / 429,600
10. MLB 10: The Show / PS3 / SCEA / Mar-10 / 349,200

Source: The NPD Group

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@iluvlindsay: That would still place me around 15 places higher up the evolutionary ladder than you.

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@danteMdie I guess gaming preferences differ between 360 and PS3 owners. And it's not as if the 360 version didn't sell well. Selling close to half a million copies in 1 month seems pretty good to me. I am sure Square-Enix are pleased.

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Wow, just wondering how many people must be owning a console given those sales figures !!!

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GOD OF WAR 3 AND FINAL FANTASY XIII rock!

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I'm surprised for the difference in the sales between the ps3 version of ff13 and the xbox one. After seeing so much hype for this game i guess i even expected the 360 version to sell a lot more (even if it was technically worse than the ps3 one)

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fanboys make me laugh

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@Oozyrat Tales of Vesperia, Eternal Sonata, and Star Ocean Last Hope are further examples of timed exclusives that started out on the 360 and before being ported to the PS3. But you're right. MS have done a good job in getting key franchises over to the Xbox that were once PS3 exclusives (timed or otherwise).

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@Xtatic324 you just made me feel like a hypocrite...because I would buy a cover of Snow over a cover of Lightning any day.

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@allstarwavegang - Oops! Thanks, forgot that one. (Thanks for being fair, most people would have bitten my, or anyone elses, head off for forgetting something, lol)

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@Oozyrat bio shock was another game that went from 360 to ps3 also....just throwin that out there lol

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@XenoNative - With all do respect, more and more PS3 titles are coming to the 360, not the other way around. The only things the PS3 has is Uncharted and GoW (and GT, but 360 has Forza, so they're kinda canceled out :D ). 360 has gotten GTA, (hopefully now) FF, RE, Ridge Racer (also Nintendo), Devil May Cry, Ninja Gaiden, and even the new Metal Gear Solid. Also, the 360 has Halo, L4D, Mass Effect, Gears of War, Fable, and thats only the very very popular ones. (Yes I know some are PC games, but I'm talking consols, PC's are a little different) The only game that I know of that's going to the PS3 that was for the 360 is Dead Rising. (NOTE: I'm not a MS fanboy, I personally like Nintendo, but after the second year of the Wii, I only really like the DS :D )

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If square-enix can change exclusives to non-exclusives so can microsoft,i want fable 2 and 3 on pc!

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Square is just proving that you don't have to make a great game to get people's money. Just make sure you have a few good gems and you're set after that.

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ps3 and FFXII for the win

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wii fit plus .... ugh ... this is the game that made every producer too lazy to make an AAA games for wii ... they target to the cheesy casuals ...

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Wow too many MS guys here. Did you seriously thumb down someone for saying "Sony is catching up and is going to pwn"???? Wow...

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I'm happy to be playing Final Fantasy XIII on my Xbox360!

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@lindseyiluvyou Posted Apr 17, 2010 4:34 pm PT "@Xtatic324 and that matters because...??? It's stupid people buy a game just because of a cover." I understand if you find it stupid that people are buying Silver because of a cover. I understand you... I don't agree though.. It's all about what you like to see when you hold the game in your hands. Its also about the fact that you get Lugia at level 40 and earlier than Ho Oh. It all depends which Pokemon is your favorite. If there were two covers to Final Fantasy 13, one is lighting and one is Snow.. I would get Snow because I like Snow as a character better than Lightning. It's all on preference.

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@Orihime89 Took the words out of my mouth... i mean fingers XD.

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@ aliasghar96 You forgot Socom 4 and Last Guardian

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@Xtatic324 and that matters because...??? It's stupid people buy a game just because of a cover.

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@aGiantSquirrel 360 still has more sold units than ps3 and i was refering to this

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Wow! That's... impressive. It means the games are more famous (or not).

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I agree with some of what's being said.....What's been released up til now and how those games have done is impressive but for Sony when GT5 releases that might just be the game that makes or breaks the PS3...It would be interesting to see how that plays out.... I really don't see Microsoft doing anything to derail their success, there is so many top tier games coming down the pipeline and stuff that hasn't been announced yet that will keep them going for a long time to come.... The only one I worry about is Nintendo, they just keep plugging the DS, while the Wii is losing developers left and right then they blame the industry for not buying their stuff... maybe if they didn't try so hard years ago at being a family friendly system they might have more long term customers....

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i knew it i knew it..... FF13 sold more on ps3.... i dosent matter how much M$ advertises it as their game FF13 is a PS exclusive always

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Sony is catching up and is going to pwn....

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im waiting for GOW 3 to get a price drop

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Awesome to see God Of War 3 on top. God Of War 3 will be the GOTY this year for sure. That's why I bought the God Of War 3 Ultimate Collection

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This just proves that there will always be 5-12 year olds that are gonna want thier Poke'mons lol.

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I hate to admit it but 360 might just win so badly this year. Sony already released most of the stuff for ps3 and 2 epic games(Heavy rain and GOW3) and so did Microsoft(Mass effect 2 and Splinter cell conviction) and now, I only see one AAA ps3 exclusive left(GT5) while for 360, I see more than enough. As for great exclusives, Sony released most of them too while Microsoft is slowly releasing them. Xbox live is having huge titles like Hydrophobia, Monday night combat, Limbo, breach, Battle Block Theater, Hydro Thunder Hurricane, Doom II, and already released perfect Dark. Microsoft is going huge this year. I think that the dumb old company finally realized to release exclusives for their system to win. BTW, did I mention Halo reach, Alan wake, Fable 3(hopefully good), and crackdown 2(sweet). As for 2011, Ps3 is defainitely winning.

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old bc2 is a must buy but why wii and ps2 come on people

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Who the hell is still buying PS2's. I could understand a few but PS2 sales are a third of PS3 sales thats just ridiculous.

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Not to call anyone out by name, but to the person who said they have a ps3 and 360 in their living room and uses the 360 mainly for playing DVDs. Wow, really? I have that in my living room as well and, um, well, I choose the DVD up-converter/blu ray player (you know, the ps3) for my movies. Not to say I dont use them BOTH all the time for games. Nice comment though, fanboy in disguise. Way to use logic.

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Nintendo sure found a gem with pokemon 12 years ago even though the new game they make r still nearly the same then what they released first back in 1998, they still sell like crazy.

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I still can't believe Xbox 360 is outselling PS3 in the States. Quite the accomplishment Microsoft.

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I cant believe PS2 is still doing those kind of numbers. AMAZING! BBC2 must be a pretty dang good game.

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Nice to see BFBC2 doing well, it is a good game. Who keeps buying all of these Wiis? Seriously.

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@lindseyiluvyou Posted Apr 16, 2010 4:24 pm PT "Weird that soul silver for Pokemon sold more than heart gold." And why is it weird? Lugia is on the front cover and people prefer him more than Ho Oh.

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what exactly were people buying a Wii for? For drunk party. As i dont drink i get bored with wii in 2 days and i sold it.

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It's actually quite amazing how well GoW 3 sold, and that too only in America. Given that games with more publicity and hype also came around in March (FF13), selling more than one million for an M rated game is amazing. Also add to the fact that there is no multiplayer (something which people need for replayability nowadays because they want their money spent to be worth it) In other regions it sold like hotcakes too, I won't be surprised if this reaches 3 million.

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"lindseyiluvyou: @TTdog: fanboy alert fanboy alert!!!" Good of you to warn people like that... it means we don't have to bother with the rest of your biased post... cheers!

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Pokemon will take them all soon :)

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Pokemon sold more than Final Fantasy?!?! HELL YEAH!

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God of War 3 gets the props it deserves nice.

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@Evo8u umm. hold on, let me check my living room it seems i forgot what i bought, jus a sec (5 seconds later). yea Evo8u i jus check and i have both a ps3 and a 360. the primary use of my 360 is to play dvds. sorry if i offended u. the only games u mention that are worth my time are the mass effect 2 and splinter cell, but i'll wait till they hit the ps3. the others, meh. ps3 has the better library of games. now dont take that personal its jus my opinion.

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I'm surprised Pokemon sold so much. Heartgold and Soulsilver could of easily topped GoW if they were put together in sales. @krytorii Probably because more people like silver and Lugia. It was VERY similar to when the the original Gold and Silver came out. I wanted to get Silver but before I could even get one, they were sold out with only Gold.

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Curious how BC2 did overall. There are a lot of PC players for that game, which aren't tracked here.

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