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The Official April 2010 NPD Thread (Data for 4 wks ending May 2 in 3 hours)

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Bruno Muñoz B said:

Final Fantasy XIII sold in April 91,000 units between both platfoms, that's a 93% drop

 

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/pressure-mounts-on-e3-to-prove-industry-can-grow-long-term

 

Poor April results were also due to the lack of long-tail sales for single-player games released the previous month, claims Doug Creutz of Cowan and Company, and it is online and digital strategies that can add shelf life to multiplayer titles as single-player games are traded in quickly after completion.

Sony's God of War III sold only 180,000 units last month in the US, compared to 1.10 million in March, while Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIII shifted 1.32 million in its release month, compared to only 91,000 units in April. In comparison, the multiplayer focused Battlefield: Bad Company 2 sold 1.28 million in March, and 273,000 in April.

Yeowch!  I knew the game would be extremely front-loaded, especially with the negative word of mouth (yes Darth, it's quite negative relative to expectations), but that figure surprises me greatly. 



That is one epic JRPG drop.



Well if NPD don't track Amazon theres this -> http://news.punchjump.com/article.php?id=10243

"Monster Hunter Tri, released Apr. 20, ranked No. 11 in Apr. U.S. retail data by NPD Group Inc., moving between 108,000 and 143,000 units in the first 10 days of sale."

The numbers are so vague. So 35k discrepency? It could have have been top ten, according to NPD?



“When we make some new announcement and if there is no positive initial reaction from the market, I try to think of it as a good sign because that can be interpreted as people reacting to something groundbreaking. ...if the employees were always minding themselves to do whatever the market is requiring at any moment, and if they were always focusing on something we can sell right now for the short term, it would be very limiting. We are trying to think outside the box.” - Satoru Iwata - This is why corporate multinationals will never truly understand, or risk doing, what Nintendo does.

megaman79 said:
Well if NPD don't track Amazon theres this -> http://news.punchjump.com/article.php?id=10243

"Monster Hunter Tri, released Apr. 20, ranked No. 11 in Apr. U.S. retail data by NPD Group Inc., moving between 108,000 and 143,000 units in the first 10 days of sale."

The numbers are so vague. So 35k discrepency? It could have have been top ten, according to NPD?

I think the 108k to 143k range that is quoted  here is simply because NPD officially gave these numbers for other games, the low number is for a game below MH3 (Super Street Fighter on 360) and the higher number is for a game that is above MH3 in ranking. MH3 is officially (per NPD) no. 11, and unofficially the number that keeps getting quoted, aparrently becasue it was given by "someone in the know", is 126k.



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