Well I was mistaken. VGCharts numbers for America is North America not just USA. So I’ll be giving North American numbers from now on. If you want to go find out NPD numbers then be my guest but North American numbers help deal with comparing back to shipments and I feel it’ll give us a better look at those kinda things. So anyways let’s look at hardware:
Wow quite a month eh. 8.3 million units of hardware were sold this month in North America. Quite amazing. DS topped the charts with 1.86 million just barely missing 2 million for this month. While it goes over the 10 millio mark in America. PS2 has another strong month but not as strong as it usually has. Yet still manages to outsell all next gen consoles though Wii and PS3 necessarily have an excuse while 360 doesn’t. But get to that later. PS2 has sold 43.5 million units in North America.
360 has it’s first really huge month with 1.25 million sold and gets over 5 million sold in North America. Yet with enough shipments to get it well over PS2 sales and big games to get it enough sales really 360 has not much of an excuse for still being beat out by a last gen console. I guess for PS2 to be beaten it has to be beaten by it’s own creator with the PS3. PSP edged out the GBA for the 1st time in months by 70k. It has 7.5 million sold total in North America while the GBA passed the 40 milliom mark in North America. Wii had a little lower month than others expected with 725k. It has close to 1.3 sold in North America. Quite a huge launch for the system but surprising that more consoles weren’t shipped to North America. From the looks of this it seems that 1.3-1.5 million were shipped to North America. ANd with Japan having to have at least 1.2 million shipped another 1.3 would have to have been shipped to Europe and the rest of the world. Will be interesting if NIntendo got it but nonetheless had the best launch out of all them.
PS3 got 550k this month with 780k total and with all the units still on shelves, bad hype, and massive shortages for awhile it still managed to best 360’s launch. So we have finally figured out that 360 did have the worst launch and by a lot. I’m one of those many people that do think that will come to bite them in the ass later on. Now onto software:
1. Gears of War/X360/917,500/2,045,000
2. Guitar Hero 2/PS2/912,000/1,482,500
3. Madden NFL 07/PS2/844,000/3,215,500
5. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess /Wii/598,500/1,060,000
6. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess /GC/597,000/597,000
7. WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2007/PS2/555,000/953,500
8. New Super Mario Bros/DS/485,000/2,258,000
9. Call of Duty 3/X360/464,000/840,000
10. Yoshi Island 2/DS/462,500/620,500
Well Gears has a good second month which put it at 2 million alone in America. While Guitar Hero gets 1.5 milllion total through it’s second month in North America. Madden crosses 3 million and Nintendogs gets over 4 million. The wii version of Zelda: TP just barely beats the GC version. The wii version has now sold over a million in America. That’s about an 85% tie ratio to the console. Amazing. Percentage wise it’s the best selling game of 2006. COD3 for 360 has a good second month and will probably go over a million as well. While NSMB tops 2 million and Yoshi’s Island has a good second month along with WWE: SvR 2007 for the PS2.
Some other noteable titles are Resistance which hit as the 1st PS3 title on the list at #28. It sold 250k copies and has a total of 328k sold in North America. Madden for the Wii was the second best selling Wii title getting 150k and getting over the 200k mark. Red Steel sold 128k in it’is second month and is now at 250k total in North America. Check out VGCharts site to find out a whole listing of software sales for NA this month and check back frequently as they update after as well.
Was definetly a good month for sales. Alot of Wii games this month sold over 100k which is definetly good. Also the great sales of Zelda is record breaking at the tie ratio of that game. With an amazing game comes amazing feats. Lots of 360 titles also seem to be selling quite well such as Gears, RSix: Vegas, ect yet somehow can’t push the hardware too it’s extents. The 360 has an amazing tie ratio of 5 games per console yet usually you don’t start seeing things this high in one region until the consoles starts to die down on hardware and increase in software. But for that to be happening right now is not necessarily a good or bad thing. It could be good that 360 software is just selling beastly or it could be bad as no new people are buying hardware and the people that own the console are the ones buying software. We’ll see times to come how that figures out.
Overall DS worldwide was the best selling gaming hardware. I don’t know the exacts but it sold between 20-25 million this year alone. When shipments are released we’ll see exactly how much but if shipments reach 40 million by the end of 2006 then this will be one of the quickest selling gaming hardwares of all time.
Out of the consoles PS2 was the best selling console. Worldwide the best selling game would be a tough one to figure out but my guesses would either be New Super Mario Bros or Nintendogs. But a very good year and we’re ready to move onto 2007. Will Wii and PS3 falter the 360’s lead when it hits competition or will the 360 keep going? Or will Wii turn out to be nothing more than a GC in disquise in the market? Or will PS3 be stabbing itself in the foot? Or was 360’s lead merely a disquise of early advantage and no competition? All these questions will be answered in 2007 and 2008. Bring on the new years.