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The Official March NPD Thread

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I don't think Sony in particular needs to do much artificial spinning here.

Yes, the Wii clobbered both the 360 and PS3 by ridiculous margins. Yes, the PS3 was outsold by the 360 by a tiny margin. Yes, week-on-week sales are down from last month.

But still, the PS3 sold more than twice as many units this March compared to last March. That's not crazy spin, that's truth, and it's a valuable truth. Most systems in the PS3's position at this point in a lifespan (i.e. third place by a sizable margin) are dying slow deaths, but that clearly isn't happening to the PS3. 

 



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ZenfoldorVGI said:
So, when did Reggie predict that the Wii would pass the 360 in the US?

Was it April?

Think he was telling the truth, lol?

 July. Believe.



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Wow just noticed COD4 was OVER tracked by around 200k... that is a first.... I am guess Vegas stole its thunder this month...



End of 2009 Predictions (Set, January 1st 2009)

Wii- 72 million   3rd Year Peak, better slate of releases

360- 37 million   Should trend down slightly after 3rd year peak

PS3- 29 million  Sales should pick up next year, 3rd year peak and price cut

Bodhesatva said:

I don't think Sony in particular needs to do much artificial spinning here.

Yes, the Wii clobbered both the 360 and PS3 by ridiculous margins. Yes, the PS3 was outsold by the 360 by a tiny margin. Yes, week-on-week sales are down from last month.

But still, the PS3 sold more than twice as many units this March compared to last March. That's not crazy spin, that's truth, and it's a valuable truth. Most systems in the PS3's position at this point in a lifespan (i.e. third place by a sizable margin) are dying slow deaths, but that clearly isn't happening to the PS3. 

 


This.



WII: Mar 07: 259k, Mar 08: 721k +178%
360: Mar 07: 199k, Mar 08: 262k +32%
PS3: Mar 07: 130k, Mar 08: 257k +98%



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So we're looking at over 2.9 million SSBB for March.  

Canada Press Release:

http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/April2008/17/c6749.html

NPD reports Nintendo's Wii tops Canadian sales charts

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Wii surpasses all other next generation consoles in lifetime sales
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VANCOUVER, April 17 /CNW/ - Nintendo's Wii(TM) console has reached
another milestone by becoming the top selling next generation home console
video game system in Canada. According to the latest data from independent
market research firm The NPD Group, Inc, total life to date sales of the Wii
console in Canada have now surpassed the previous home console system leader
with lifetime sales of 813,000 units.
The Wii console launched in November
2006.
"Since launch, the Wii console has consistently been a top seller in the
Canadian market," said Darrel Ryce, Director for The NPD Group, Inc.
"Seventeen months after the launch of the system and it still remains one of
the hottest items at retail, selling out almost as quickly as it hits retail
shelves".

Additional Canadian sales figures, according to NPD, include:

<<
- The Wii console was the number one selling home console system for
13 of the past 17 months
- Since the launch of the Wii console, Nintendo's Wii Play(TM) has
become the number one selling title in the market, while Super Mario
Galaxy(TM) lands in the number three position across all platforms
- Super Smash Bros.(R) Brawl, launched in March 2008, sold nearly
200,000 units in that month alone and is the number one selling title
in 2008

- Despite the unprecedented demand for Wii consoles, Nintendo DS(TM)
continues to be the number one selling video game system in Canada
(2006/2007)
>>

Nintendo's momentum in the Canadian market is expected to continue with
the upcoming launches of two highly anticipated games, Mario Kart(R) Wii and
Wii Fit(TM). Launching April 27, Mario Kart Wii is a high-speed game, which
allows up to four players to race simultaneously as their favourite characters
from the Mario franchise, or up to twelve players remotely, thanks to the
game's online capabilities. Mario Kart Wii also comes with a wireless Wii
Wheel(TM) accessory and features new and classic tracks as well as
never-before-seen motorbikes for special tricks and racing techniques.

Wii Fit, available in stores on May 21, offers players a unique
experience by incorporating the Wii Balance Board(TM) accessory and
challenging physical movements in 40+ different activities including yoga,
aerobics, strength training and balance exercises. Wii Fit helps set fitness
goals, track progress and work with a virtual trainer to do activities and
exercises every day. Wii Fit and the innovative Wii Balance Board accessory
will be bundled and sold together at a suggested retail price of
$89.95 Canadian dollars.

About Nintendo: The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive
entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets
hardware and software for its Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance
and Nintendo GameCube(TM) systems. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly
2.5 billion video games and more than 430 million hardware units globally, and
has created industry icons like Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(R), Metroid(R),
Zelda(TM) and Pokémon(R). A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc.,
based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in
the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, visit the
company's Web site at www.nintendo.ca.



So about 3M give/take on Brawl first month.



So where can I find a site that reports the numbers? Normally I check the simExchange, but they don't seem to have them up yet (unless I'm missing something?) and I wanted to look at sales compared to VGChartz.



Guys, as always some numbers may be tweaked up and down in coming months but most figures look to line up reasonably well so I don't have any major issues with anything. Our top 10 software is made up of the same ten titles (albeit in a slightly different order) and with the exception of PS2 (which had an enormous drop in NPD data from last month) the hardware all lines up well - remember we were ~200k ahead of NPD for Wii and DS for Jan+Feb so these things do cancel out over time as I have made the point of previously.

So yeah, no major issues as far as I'm concerned.

The situation you have to put yourself in is one of an investor or publisher. If you were to look at our data and NPDs data and see that our figures are out weekly, 3-4 weeks before NPD and agree much more than any analyst or prediction model could agree with NPD then you see the value in our data.

If there are still people out there who expect a month to come along where all our hardware and all our software figures are  identical to NPD then you are living in a dream world I'm afraid!! 



VGC did a pretty good job with Wii Play's LTD.

This was on Neogaf.

NPD: 5,110,757
VGC: 5,393,349

Good work ioi!