Category: Nintendo

November NPD Sales, 360 Gears Up!

I won’t bother mentioning the fact that the majority of America seems to have chosen to stay in the last generation by continuing to purchase the Nintendo Wii at alarming rates.  Nope.  I won’t mention that at all.

Gears of War 2 

Instead, I’ll focus on a few things that make sense to me which are the Xbox 360 reaping even more benefits from its price drop and enjoying massive software success from the release of Gears of War 2.

Hardware Sales

Playstation 2 206k
Playstation 3 378k
PSP 421k
Xbox 360 836k
Wii 2.04M
DS 1.57M

Software Sales

Gears of War 2 – 1.56 million
Call of Duty: World At War (360) – 1.41 million
Wii Play w/Remote - 796K
Wii Fit - 697K
Mario Kart - 637K
Call of Duty: World At War (PS3) – 597K
Guitar Hero: World Tour (WII) – 475K
Left 4 Dead - 410K
Resistance 2 - 385K
Wii Music – 297K

September NPD Sales – The Force is Strong

I’m at a loss for words about the continued desire for a Nintendo Wii console.  No matter my lack of understanding, the Wii continues its impressive ride to console domination.  After slashing its price, the Xbox 360 came in a distant second but at least managing to top Sony’s PlayStation 3.  Dominating the software charts for September was Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.  Sell plenty this game did.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Concept

Hardware Unit Sales

Nintendo Wii – 687,000
Nintendo DS – 536,800
Xbox 360 – 347,200
PS3 – 232,400
PlayStation Portable – 238,100
PlayStation 2 – 173,500

Software sales

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – Xbox 360 – LucasArts – 610,000
Wii Fit – Wii – Nintendo of America – 518,000
Rock Band 2 – Xbox 360 – EA – 363,000
Mario Kart w/Wheel – Wii – Nintendo of America – 353,000
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – PS3– LucasArts – 325,000
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames – Xbox 360 – EA- 297,000
Play w/ Wii Remote – Wii – Nintendo of America – 243,000
Madden NFL 09 – Xbox 360 – EA – 224,000
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – Wii – LucasArts – 223,000
Madden NFL 09 – PS2– EA – 158,000

August NPD Sales – Not “Too” Impressive

You knew the time would come when Denis and the Silicon Knights crew would have to see the results of their hard work and see just where they stood in hopes of making Too Human a trilogy.  If first impressions mean anything, then it seems the majority of the gaming world wasn’t “too” impressed with the game and decided against purchasing it.  Perhaps the holidays will be good to Too Human?

Too Human

Hardware Unit Sales

PlayStation 3 – 185.4K
PlayStation Portable – 253.0K
Playstation 2 – 144.1K
Xbox 360 – 195.2K
Wii – 453.0K
Nintendo DS – 518.3K

Software sales

360 MADDEN NFL 09 ELECTRONIC ARTS - 1.0M
PS3 MADDEN NFL 09 ELECTRONIC ARTS - 643K
PS2 MADDEN NFL 09 ELECTRONIC ARTS - 424.5K
WII WII FIT NINTENDO OF AMERICA - 394.9K
WII MARIO KART NINTENDO OF AMERICA - 328.7K
WII WII PLAY W/ REMOTE NINTENDO OF AMERICA - 200.2K
360 SOUL CALIBUR IV NAMCO BANDAI GAMES OF AMERICA - 174K
360 TOO HUMAN MICROSOFT - 168.2K
WII MADDEN NFL 09 ELECTRONIC ARTS - 115.8K
NDS GUITAR HERO: ON TOUR ACTIVISION BLIZZARD - 111.2K

Hell’s Highway Hand’s On at Gearbox Party

I got invited to Gearbox Software’s Victory Party to celebrate their two upcoming games Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway and Samba de Amigo (Wii).  There’s nothing like a little gaming mixed with some music, women, DJ Jazzy Jeff and partying.  I had VIP status so I got to chill in the VIP room and get some hand’s on time with both Hell’s Highway and Samba de Amigo.  There was a kick ass faceplate that I was tempted to snatch but my better half took over and I simply admired it from afar.

Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway Party  Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway Party

Photos: Gearbox Software Victory Party

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E3 2008 Highlights Recap

The sun has set on this year’s E3 and it’s now time to name the winners, losers and what the best of the show was.  All this of course is according to little old me.  So let’s start this week off with a look back to what July 14-17 brought to the gaming world.

Microsoft Highlights

New Xbox Experience, Lips, Scene It? 2, Netflix, Final Fantasy XIII, Fable 2, Primetime, Marketplace via Xbox.com, Portal: Still Alive

Microsoft really answered a lot of skepticism with their keynote.  What would they show?  Who would present?  Introducing the new Xbox redesign was a surprise that no one anticipated.  It introduced an Avatar system to the Xbox 360 and brought with it a completely new user interface.  It’s also bringing a host of other features like 8-party chat and a “play from the hard drive” option.

Look at me, Im an Avatar

The Netflix announcement was also received very well.  The Xbox 360 will be the only console offering this kind of movie download service.  They kept things simple and precise during the keynote as they hit one strategic announcement after another.  The games they showed were aimed specifically did a good job impressing both the hardcore and casual.

Nintendo Highlights

Wii Music, Grand Theft Auto for Nintendo DS, SPORE, Animal Crossing

Nintendo had an excellent strategy in my opinion.  The presentation of that strategy was lacking but to pay little attention to both Sony and Microsoft and instead focus on competing within yourself was brilliant.  Let’s face it…they have no competition this generation and I was pleased to see that they’re very much aware that their only real focus is on the Wii and DS.  Their keynote was filled with a battle between the Wii and DS without much thought on Sony or Microsoft.

It’s one of the reasons why Nintendo has rebounded from a horrible showing with the Gamecube and have taken control over homes across the world.  They worry about themselves and they always price things just right.  It’s not about their games moreso than it is about being different and at the sweet spot in price.

Sony Highlights

God of War 3, Little Big Planet, Massive Action Game (MAG), $399 80GB SKU

Sony trickled in with their keynote and unveiled a few interesting things.  The most exciting on the game front was the reveal of God of War 3.  Resistance 2 didn’t look that great and although there was “actual gameplay” this time, it just didn’t wow me.  And even though God of War 3 was simple CGI, it did get the juices flowing.  Little Big Planet did as well.

Little Big Planet

I’m not sure about Zipper’s Massive Action Game but I listed it as a highlight simply because of how ambitious of a project it is.  256 players?  We’ll see.  I don’t have much to say except that it was a decent show but it was missing any real buzz.

June NPD Sales – PlayStation 3 Soars

I suppose an eye patch wearing hero can indeed make a difference in hardware sales much moreso than any foreign gangster could.  Metal Gear Solid 4 helped the PlayStation 3 pull off its largest monthly win to date over the Xbox 360.  MGS 4 was the highest selling game for the month.

Metal Gear Solid 4

The PS3 managed over 405K consoles while the Xbox 360 registered 219K.  And yes, the Nintendo Wii continues to be mind bottling as it takes over the US lead in consoles sold.  I don’t expect the temporary price adjustment on the Xbox 360 to be a big enough catalyst for Microsoft in the coming months.  A permanent price drop and a more aggressive one should happen.

June 2008 Hardware Sales

Nintendo DS – 783,000
Wii – 666,700
PlayStation 3 – 405,500
PSP – 337,4000
Xbox 360 — 219,800
PlayStation 2 – 188,800

June 2008 Software Sales

1. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – 774,600
2. Guitar Hero On Tour (DS) – 422,300
3. Ninja Gaiden II - 372,700
4. Wii Fit - 372,700
5. Wii Play - 359,100
6. Battlefield: Bad Company (Xbox 360) – 346,800
7. Mario Kart Wii - 322,400
8. LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure (Wii) – 294,500
9. LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure (DS) – 267,800
10. LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure (PS2) – 260,300