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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I'm sorry gaming industry..I really haven't been doing my part. I buy used games and cheaper priced games that have been available for over a year. I promise I'll start buying into the hype machine and pick up overpriced products the day they are released..I swear!!

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@BasilVZero Technically they could make another GoW in the storyline if you remember after the credits. Anyways, I'm proud of the PS3, I love all my consoles, but I have to admit I use my PS3 most. The PS3 is a fine machine, I just wish the PSN would get on par with 360's Live, because I buy all online games and non ps3 exclusives for 360, while I buy non mp or lacking mp for PS3. I really don't use my Wii much, but it has greater mass appeal so it makes sense that it is on top with the DS. I think it's great to see the PS2 can still push 118k of units 10 years after being released, that makes it the best selling console of this generation if you think about it.

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@zenonative I would be surprised if u even owed a 360 with a dumb comment like that. Well 4 ur information Mass Effect 2 sold 2 million in a week or 2, Splinter Cell will definitely sell more than a million, Alan Wake will sell more than a million, Crackdown 2 will sell more than a million, halo reach will sell like 3 million in a day, so yeah with all those game I just mentioned if u would even think of selling ur 360 u have something wrong with u. Owning both is the way to go and again I highly doubt u own a 360 from ur comment.

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When I went to pick up FFXIII from Gamestop a few weeks ago, there was a line out the door of kids trading in all kinds of garbage to get Pokemon. Made me flash back to waiting in line at VGE with my crappy trade-ins for FFIII.

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God of war 3 being #1 isnt a surprise, its the last installment storywise (they can always make a spinoff) of the series. FFXIII being multi-platform still sold a bit more than GoW3 but regardless still good sales. Pokemon dominated, no surprise there either lol.

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Although I sold my Wii for a PS3, I couldnt agree more with capitalthoughts. Especially that last sentence. VERY well spoken.

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Can't stop pokemon.

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Thank God we're finally through all that monster-bashing-monster crap - now, where's Gran Turismo 5? It's time for something good for adults.

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"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." That sentence is just seething with loathing.

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People keep asking why people continue to buy the wii...it isn't because they are stupid if that is the implication. Any true gamer would love to play Madworld, No More Heroes 1 and 2, Monster Hunter Tri, Super Mario Galaxy, Smas Bros. Brawl, Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom, Muramasa Demon Blade, Resident Evil 4 Wii edition, New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Twilight Princes, Metroid Prime Trilogy, not too mention Other M, Galaxy 2, and the new Zelda. Let us not forget that there were many great gcube titles as well. I have yet to play a racing game as hard or as fast as F-Zero gx. Every system has it merrits, and only a fanboy would not be able to see that.

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God of War III was a great game, glad to see it received lots of sales.

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its good to see mlb 10:the show in the top 10

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god of war was just too bomb

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brevegleiri is right, I actually remember reading an article stating that the PS2 was launched in Brazil just recently...as in the last few months. And down here, alot of people now buy the PS2 due to the reduced prices

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I know who's still buying PS2s, people in other countries! Here in Brazil, the PS2 still sells very well, and all the units are from US, so we (and other developing countries) help boosting up sales for the 10 year old console.

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"The Xbox 360 version of the game came in fourth on NPD's top 10 list with 825,500 million units" lolwut, Gamespot? 825,500,000,000 units? xD

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Same thing I was wondering

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I want to know who is still buying PS2s!

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Love my Playstation

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still have to pick up FF13 and GOW3....btw, pokemon is awesome. almost 1.8 mil combined? everyone still loves pokemon i see.

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To see a Pokemon game against a shooter an bloody 3rd person action adventure puzzle game and an RPG really provides a sense of scale of HOW INMENSE THE gaming market is.

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There is just no stopping Wii I see :(

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@McGuirex3 Amen, brother. Fanboy wars is really starting to wear thin. Who the heck cares which console is selling more as long as we get quality games?

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What...no PSP Go sales?...(snickersnortchough)

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I'm guessing if sony was still making the (backward-compatable) PS3 (that's the one I have, bought on eBay), maybe the PlayStation 2's 118,300 sale units would probably be 1/2 of that or so don't you think?!! Or maybe not! Man that's too-funny considering how old the PS2 is!!!!!!! Btw I think the on and on and on going so called console-war, will be a thing of the past alot sonner/faster than most of us thinks!!! I bed less than two years or so!!!!!!! I have all the next-gen consoles, but think alot of ppl like myself are really getting tired of the multi-concole crap!! I.e. Please just give us-gamers a game-disk to put in (one-type) of concole or just live over the web and thats it!!!

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lol at tards trying to compare gears, and god of war. they have absolutely nothing in common except there name abbreviations. yeah man nhl 10 is just sooooo much better then halo, do you understand how stupid that is??

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What tools out there are still buying the PS2?

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yay for ff113 what an amazing game despite what some of the reviews say

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@jb9776 man, totally agree with you on that

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Amazing Pokemon is competing with God of War lol. >.> The next game will feature a fight between the two to see who is the best. Kratos vs Pikachu. ^.^

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To the person who wants to know why the PS2 sells well: It's not the hardware it's the game catalog. The PS2 is the only port to many games that have become classic. I bought one myself so I could replay FFX, FFXII, and and endless list of others. I wish I could play this stuff on my 360, but this is the next best cheapest way.

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The PS2 will not die...LOL! It's going to be around until the PS4

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mark this as another great year for the ps3. more than four exclusive games (all selling a million or about to hit) and year isnt even half way done. cant wait to see whats goin down at E3 this year. i think i might trade in my 360 for store credit to get more ps3 games. wait, never mind, my fiance still needs a dvd player. i'll hold on to it for a lil while longer.

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@mehowpwned totally agree

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God Of War III is what mattered most to me in this article.I love Sony, seriously.

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ooh the 360's playin hardball this yr sony better some up with some good sh1t or theyre in serious trouble lol

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@thisranks "Personally, i don't know crap about Pokemon except for the cartoon that i get stuck watching from time to time. Oh, and i don't own them, either. But i'll bet you do....." Are you saying that owning the pokemon games are a bad thing? I hate to break it to you, but the pokemon games are some the best RPGs around portable or otherwise. Just because alot of little kids run around playing them doesn't mean they're bad games.

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Happy to see God of war 3 finally getting the sells it deserves! Still hope for something new from the St Monica studio

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Battlefield Bad Company 2 is well worth the money i spent on it. Yep good month for gaming indeed.

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God of War 3 is one of my favorite games thus far... However it is now sitting on my shelf collecting dust.

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good month for gaming. though i didnt find any games worth paying 60 bucks for. i got bbc2 for 25 bucks :)

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The PS3 is definitely a hot item right now. Is Sony still having shortages?

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@thisranks Here's a free tip: when YOU screw up AND make the cardinal mistake of taunting the other person about their imaginary screw-up, you look pretty bad. But it eventually moves off the front page, and nobody cares. That's a good time to quit while you're ahead (or, in this case, only somewhat behind) and try again later. You win some, you lose some. You lost today... sneak off quietly and maybe you'll get me next time.

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@greenmagnuma Ah, I gotcha. I forgot that each edition has specific uber-Pokemon. Of course, a gap in hundreds of thousands of units suggests that Nintendo might need to balance their pocket monsters a bit more. @SicklySunStorm The backup is appreciated. I don't much care for Pokemon OR Final Fantasy, I just indeed find it funny that everyone here spends their time speculating about Final Fantasy's success (or any of 'our' franchises) just to watch them get curbstomped by fitness games and snuggly electric rodents. Considering the hysteria surrounding God of War 3 and Final Fantasy XIII, the sales are pretty pathetic. Gamers don't buy enough games anymore, and then they wonder why everyone is flocking to the larger mainstream audience. We can only blame a flagging economy for so long.

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@Rottenwood....actually.... 1) you stated multiplat FFXIII 2) you didn't state both Pokemons in your post. 3) Realistically speaking by your post i first commented on, FFXIII did indeed beat both games by themselves. Glad to see you decided to toss both Pokemon games in there AFTER the fact. Nothing less then expected though. Nice try on the comeback fail. Personally, i don't know crap about Pokemon except for the cartoon that i get stuck watching from time to time. Oh, and i don't own them, either. But i'll bet you do.....

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what is sad is that the most fulfilling, enjoyable gaming i've had recently was replaying RE1, RE2 and RE Nemesis on my PSPGO. Those old games are more fun than GOW3, FFXIII and whatever else is out there today.

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Wow PS2 still selling over 100K consoles. Truly the greatest console of all time!! IMO PS2 FTW!!

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MMMMM..... well seems that Nintendo get the upper hand on march sales, but the Wii system is for a particular public, whle PS3 and Xbox360 has a wide range of public with a lot of games u can choose, i think that each of this companies are doing great but for a better and higher competition, Sony and Microsoft should have more exclusives, that is the way PS2 conquer the Xbox and Gamecube and that bring to us gamers an entire new era of games, Nintendo still doing that, that is the reason you are not going to see any Mario, Pokemon or Metroid games in other system than Nintendo´s, also gamers nowadays don´t care too much about that...

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kikitube Square-enix has made a big mistake bring Final Fantasy XIII to X360. **************************************************************** Over a million is sales worldwide is no mistake. It'll eventually hit 1.5 million overall. True the PS3 version will easily surpass 4 million, but just about everyone who wanted FF XIII was originally going to get it on the PS3 anyways. At least 1/2 of those sales were from Japan where only the PS3 version was sold. So the XBox 360 version did fairly well in U.K/US compared to the Ps3 version. I'm sure SquareEnix is already looking at FF XIII versus for the XBox 360 as well. Even a game like infnite Undiscovery sold over 500K worldwide and that was an unhyped new IP for SquareEnix. They know the XBox 360 has potential for making them money, and I'm sure they are already looking at bringing more of their games to this system.

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