Overall Retail Industry:
Down 25% year over year.
01. Mass Effect 3 (360, PS3, PC)** Electronic Arts -Over 1.14 Million, possibly by a lot ("More than twice ME2 debut")
02. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (360, PS3)** Capcom USA -582K
03. MLB 12: The Show (PS3, PSV) Sony (Corp)
04. NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PC, PS2) Take 2 Interactive
05. SSX 2012 (360, PS3) Electronic Arts
06. Street Fighter X Tekken (PS3, 360)** Capcom USA
07. Mario Party 9 (Wii) Nintendo -230K
08. Call of Duty: Modern Warfar 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)** Activision Blizzard
09. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja (360, PS3) Namco Bandai Games
10. Major League Baseball 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PSP, PC, PS2) Take 2 Interactive
xx. Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) Nintendo - 135k
xx. Mario Kart 7 (3DS) Nintendo - 118k / 1.58m
xx. Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) Nintendo - 100k / 1.98m
xx. Mass Effect 3 (X360) Electronic Arts - 943k
xx. Mass Effect 3 (PS3) Electronic Arts - 236k
**(includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)
Xbox 360 -371K(-14.3%)
PlayStation 3 -337K(-7.7%)
Nintendo 3DS -225K(-43.8%)
Playstation Vita - 200k+ (but less than 3DS)
Nintendo Wii -175K(-39.7%)
NPD highlights in March include:
Holding 42 percent share of current-generation console sales, Xbox 360 sold 371,000 units in March, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. This marks the thirteenth consecutive month Xbox 360 has held more than 40 percent of the current-generation console market share.
· Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in March (hardware, software and accessories) reached $430 million, the most for any console in the U.S. and more than the spend on PS3 and Wii combined.
· During the month of March, Xbox 360 held five of the top 10 U.S. console game titles including: "Mass Effect 3," "Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City," "NBA 2K12," "SSX" and "Major League Baseball 2K12."
Last month, Xbox 360 delivered new voice-controlled TV apps from Comcast and HBO GO in the U.S., and MLB TV throughout North America, making it easier to enjoy your favorite TV shows, sports and music with voice control and Kinect voice search. Xbox has grown rapidly to become the best-selling Internet-connected entertainment device for TV. Since the entertainment apps on Xbox 360 started rolling out last December, total hours spent on Xbox LIVE globally has grown 30 percent year over year.
Later this year, Xbox 360 will deliver a strong portfolio of blockbuster titles, experiences and add-on content, including additions to the famed "Halo" and "Fable" franchises and groundbreaking experiences like "Kinect Sesame Street TV" and "Nat Geo TV."
"Nearly two months after hitting the North American market, the PS Vita ecosystem continues to grow with impressive hardware, software, and peripherals sales among big-box retailers, smaller retail shops and digital. We are seeing strong digital downloads across the board, including full digital-only purchases and extremely high conversion rates for digital demos to full game purchases with titles such as Unit 13, which showcases PS Vita's unique 3G and shooter capabilities. We look forward to furthering the PS Vita momentum with upcoming blockbuster titles like Mortal Kombat and Resistance: Burning Skies, and apps including Skype."
-- Dan Race, Sr. Director of Corporate Communications at SCEA
Nintendo notes several "noteworthy milestones" in March. Mario Party 9 sold more than 230,000 units in the United States, while Kid Icarus Uprising sold more than 135,000. Mario Kart 7 sold 118,000 units in March (with 1.58 million sold since its release last year), and Super Mario 3D Land sold 100,000 units in March, putting overall sales at 1.98 million.
Nintendo added that more than 225,000 3DS systems were sold in March, in addition to nearly 175,000 Wii systems. In addition, the Just Dance franchise has now passed more than 15 million total units sold on Wii.Nintendo PR
Mass Effect 3 and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City top the charts
NPD has revealed its March US retail sales data, and as several analysts predicted, despite BioWare's Mass Effect 3 topping the charts, overall it's not pretty. Total game industry sales dropped 25 percent to $1.1 billion, as total software across consoles, portable and PC fell 26 percent to $585.1 million, while hardware sales plunged 35 percent to $323.5 million.
"While it was a disappointing month, and first quarter, for new physical retail sales of video games hardware, software and accessories, it wasn't entirely unexpected given guidance we've seen from several sources," said NPD industry analyst Anita Frazier. "Outside of new physical retail sales, we find that the consumer spend on content on used games, rentals, subscriptions, mobile games, social network games, digital full game downloads and add-on content accounted for an additional $2.5 billion to $2.7 billion across the U.S., U.K., France & Germany in Q1 2012."
As you can see in the top 10 games chart below, besides Mass Effect 3 game sales were also driven by Capcom's latest Resident Evil title, and with the Major League Baseball season getting started Sony's newest MLB: The Show also fared well on PS3 and Vita.
Frazier also pointed out that Nintendo's new Kid Icarus actually did pretty well: "In a list of the top 10 SKUs for the month (as opposed to top titles as listed here), 3DS Kids Icarus: Uprising would have been among the top selling individual SKUs for the month of March."
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