The NPD Group have revealed exactly which games were the most popular during the month of January in the United States. We haven’t had any numbers or details from Nintendo, but Game Informer reports that Nintendo 3DS and Wii U sales were up 6 percent and 26 percent when normalised for a four-week month in the United States.
- Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, XBO, PS4, NWU, PC)
- NBA 2K14 (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PC)
- Battlefield 4 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS4, XBO, PS3, NWU, PC)
- Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
- Madden NFL 25 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
- Minecraft (360)
- FIFA 14 (PS4, XBO, PS3, 360, PSV)
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, XBO, PS3, PS4, 3DS, NWU, PSV, PC)
- Tomb Raider 2013 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
Wedbush Securities has released its predicted numbers ahead of the NPD Group console sales figures for the US. The company expects the PlayStation 4 to narrowly beat the Xbox One. Wedbush also believe that Nintendo’s Wii U console will trawl in last place with only 60,000 units sold. However, it notes that it would still represent a five percent increase year-over-year. We will get the official NPD Group numbers on Thursday, so we will know for sure then.
“In a nutshell, we think that the rapid ramp in sell-through for next generation consoles will cause an unprecedented ramp in next generation software sales, and notwithstanding current generation software sales weakness, we expect overall industry software sales to rebound into positive territory later this year. We believe this rebound is not only sustainable, but we expect it to be dramatic in the back half of the year, with double-digit gains expected.”
Shacknews is reporting that the Wii U had its highest month for unit sales so far. Neither the NPD group or Nintendo have disclosed actual Wii U figures, but it sounds as though the Wii U had a decent month in December. Members of NeoGAF estimate the console sold above 460K Shacknews also says that the Nintendo 3DS was the best-selling system in December and during 2013. Microsoft says its Xbox One and Xbox 360 were the best-selling home consoles.
“Hardware sales of the Wii U were also positive with December 2013 marking its highest month for unit sales month so far,” NPD analyst Liam Callahan
The NPD group has revealed which games sold the most amount of units during the busy Christmas period in the United States. The best-selling game was Activisions juggernaut Call of Duty Ghosts which was closely followed by EA’s Battlefield 4. You can check out the top ten best-selling game in December in the United States, below.
- Call of Duty: Ghosts
- Battlefield 4
- Just Dance 2014
- NBA 2K 14
- Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
- Grand Theft Auto V
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
- FIFA 14
- Skylanders Swap Force
Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One was the best-selling console in the United States for the busy month of December. The console was followed by its predecessor, the Xbox 360. The Xbox One sold 908,000 units and the Xbox 360 sold 643,000. We are still waiting to find out how Nintendo did with Wii U and Nintendo 3DS and how Sony did with the PlayStation 4.
NPD: Xbox One and Xbox 360 were the top selling consoles for each generation in the US in December. 908k (Xbox One) and 643k (Xbox 360)
- Major Nelson
NeoGAF member Cream Sugar has apparently lifted the lid on sales for the immensely popular Call of Duty Ghosts in the US in November. The game topped the NPD best-sellers list for the month on November, but we’ve yet to see a breakdown of sales for each platform. Here’s the data that Cream Sugar has provided.
- Xbox One: 6.42%
- PlayStation 4: 7.39%
- Xbox 360: 55.45%
- PlayStation 3: 30.42%
- Wii U: 0.33%
Two games that are among the best reviewed of 2013 launched on Nov. 22: Super Mario 3D World for Wii U and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for Nintendo 3DS. The strong response to these games helped sales of Nintendo hardware systems in November increase by 100 percent over the month prior. This includes nearly 770,000 units of the Nintendo 3DS family, which drove the lifetime total past 10 million to nearly 10.5 million units. Other sales milestones achieved for the month include:
Nintendo 3DS Family of Systems
- Pokémon X and Pokémon Y each sold more than 225,000 combined digital and physical units in their second month on the market. This brought the combined life-to-date total to more than 2.35 million units. On Dec. 4, Nintendo revealed special edition Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Nintendo 2DS bundles that should keep the games’ momentum going through the holidays and into 2014.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, the sixth Nintendo 3DS title to have a Metacritic score of 90 or higher, sold more than 280,000 combined digital and physical units. That figure jumps to more than 405,000 total units when including the special edition Zelda-themed Nintendo 3DS XL system, which comes with a code to download the game.
- A handful of first-party Nintendo 3DS titles saw triple-digit sales percentage increases in November over sales in October. This includes standout 2013 titles such as Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (seventh month on market; 140 percent increase) and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (ninth month; 105 percent increase), and legacy titles such as Paper Mario: Sticker Star (13th month; 280 percent increase), Mario Kart 7 (23rd month; 130 percent increase) and Super Mario 3D Land (24th month; 235 percent increase).
- Sales of Wii U hardware increased by more than 340 percent over sales in October.
- Super Mario 3D World for Wii U, currently the highest-rated next-generation title with a Metacritic score of 94, sold more than 215,000 combined digital and physical units in its first eight days on the market.
“This holiday season, Nintendo is offering an unparalleled combination of value and variety,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “In looking at these results, two things are indisputable: Our hardware is gaining momentum at the exact right time and our software catalog is stronger than ever.”
The NPD group has confirmed that the game industry generated $2.74 billion in revenue at physical retailers during November in the United States. Sony says the PlayStation 4 was the best-selling console and Microsoft says the Xbox One was the fastest selling console. $1.33 billion worth of consoles and portable devices were sold in November in the US. You can see the best-selling software below, sadly Super Mario 3D World and Zelda: A Link Between Worlds didn’t make the cut. Hopefully we will get sales figures for software and hardware from Nintendo later today.
- Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U)
- Battlefield 4 (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC, Wii U)
- Madden NFL 25 (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One)
- Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360, PS3)
- NBA 2K14 (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC)
- Skylanders: Swap Force (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, Xbox One, PS4)
- Just Dance 2014 (Wii, 360, Wii U, Xbox One, PS3, PS4)
- Disney Infinity (Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS)
- FIFA 14 (360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PS Vita)
Famed industry analyst Michael Pachter has told MCV that he believes that Wii U hardware sales will fall 65 per cent year-on-year. This means that Wii U US November sales are estimated at 149K by Pachter. The news comes ahead of the November NPD results which should indicate just how well the console has done against the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. However, it should be noted that last November is when the system launched, so sales should be higher.
Pachter added that Wii U is expected to have suffered significantly as a result of the launches, with hardware sales falling 65 per cent year-on-year. Xbox 360 and PS3 sales are predicted to have fallen 44 per cent and 28 per cent respectively
Nintendo 3DS marked its sixth consecutive month as the country’s best-selling video game hardware system, with more than 452,000 units sold, thanks in part to the launch of Nintendo 2DS and sales of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Sales of Nintendo 3DS hardware in October doubled last month’s tally, and marked the most units any portable video game system or home console has sold in a single month in 2013.
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y were the No. 1 and No. 2 top-selling titles last month, with more than 1.7 million units combined, making October the biggest month for Nintendo 3DS software all year. Total Nintendo 3DS first-party software sales hit more than 2 million units sold, the highest tally since the report for December 2011, which included sales of hit games Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.
Best-selling software in October:
- Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
- Pokémon X (3DS)
- Pokémon Y (3DS)
- Battlefield 4 (360, PS3, PC)
- Batman: Arkham Origins (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
- Assassin’s Creed IV, Black Flag (360, PS3, Wii U)
- NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PC)
- Skylanders: Swap Force (Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS)
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, PC)
- WWE 2K14 (360, PS3)