So, I was just looking at the Wii U's early game sales numbers according to VGChartz. And there are some oddities I'm noticing.
First of all, as the title says, there's no data for Madden 13 Wii U. None. Now, I find this somewhat difficult to believe, for a few reasons. First of all, Amazon's Video Game Best Seller's rank for Madden 13 is #1313 as of the time of this posting. Why is this supporting my point? Because FIFA 13 has US sales data (up to 28,000 after three weeks, not great but nonzero) and Amazon has it at #1397. What's more, when you look for availability of the game through GameStop.com, most stores have it marked as "Low Stock", including all of the ones that show up when your "location" is Kansas, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Austin, and all bar a few (which are marked as "In Stock") when you put in New York, Tampa, or Seattle. They also have pre-owned copies in a number of stores. Also note that FIFA is "In Stock" at most stores in the Los Angeles area, New York, Chicago, etc.
So, what's going on? How can Madden 13 be failing to register even as many sales as, say, Game Party: Champions, which sold just 13,000 in the last three weeks, and yet still register higher than FIFA 13 on Amazon and still have low stock at GameStop?
Is Madden being incorrectly tracked by VGChartz? Or are the numbers simply failing to display due to lack of release date data, perhaps? If so, how well is it really performing?
It's not the only oddball, though. FIFA 13 itself is odd. The game sold 12,500 copies in week 1 in the US, with another 6500 over the next two weeks. In the first two weeks in Europe, it hasn't even sold 5000 copies. It apparently barely sold 1,000 copies in the UK in its first week, and didn't even break 500 in the second. Doesn't this sound a bit strange, given that FIFA has always performed far better in Europe than America?
There are other oddities, too. Ninja Gaiden 3 has no data for any region except France... but the game hasn't released in France (it doesn't release anywhere in Europe until January 11th). It hasn't registered at all for either the US or Japan. Not overly surprising for the US, but definitely odd for Japan. Note that the game was in the top 50 according to Media Create, just ahead of Tekken Tag Tournament 3, which VGChartz has at just under 5000 in Japan.
Another game that hasn't registered in Japan is Assassin's Creed III, which is just a couple of places lower on the Media Create chart than Tekken Tag Tournament 3.
NBA 2K13 is much like Madden, in that it hasn't registered any sales whatsoever, despite having released on Wii U launch day in the US according to Amazon. I can accept it selling poorly, but there's no way that it sold badly enough to fail to register.
Darksiders 2 has no data for Europe, despite having released on launch day.
Sonic and Sega All-stars Racing severely underperformed compared with ZombiU in the UK according to VGChartz, but it is higher on the Amazon.co.uk charts, second only to NSMB U on the Wii U chart.
In short, something about the VGChartz data is suspect.