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Barozi said:
However this is just an estimation from the author based on "software dollars" right ?
Or does he really have full informations about those NPD April 2010 LTD sales ?

No, he gets some additional information from NPD directly.  Everything he puts out is sourced from publicly available information (via NPD, Pachter, etc) or from NPD upon request.  He always tries to get a bit of extra info each month.



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Looks like he underestimated Uncharted 2 by 200k.



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ameratsu said:


I have to say that some titles seem to be poorly tracked here based on numbers given in that gamasutra article.

Keep in mind just because it says >850k doesn't mean it sold ~850k.  For example, NPD had Uncharted 2 at 950k in the US as of december, and the article writer said it has sold at least 100k this year.

AC II might be way off though.



Yakuzaice said:
ameratsu said:


I have to say that some titles seem to be poorly tracked here based on numbers given in that gamasutra article.

Keep in mind just because it says >850k doesn't mean it sold ~850k.  For example, NPD had Uncharted 2 at 950k in the US as of december, and the article writer said it has sold at least 100k this year.

AC II might be way off though.

The leaked NPD total for December was ">900k".  Of course that came from Anihawk, who the Sonycorps around here seem to want to discredit at every turn. ;)

Also, I don't believe Matthews said it's sold over 100k this year?  Where are you getting that?



Yakuzaice said:
ameratsu said:


I have to say that some titles seem to be poorly tracked here based on numbers given in that gamasutra article.

Keep in mind just because it says >850k doesn't mean it sold ~850k.  For example, NPD had Uncharted 2 at 950k in the US as of december, and the article writer said it has sold at least 100k this year.

AC II might be way off though.

 

Motorstorm is certainly way off. That is probably the case for Uncharted 1 as well. Both were "well short of" 750k a year ago, so I'm doubting current VGC numbers that put them at 1.54 and 1.34 million in Americas respectively. And yes I realize VGC's Americas includes Canada.



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ameratsu said:
Yakuzaice said:
ameratsu said:


I have to say that some titles seem to be poorly tracked here based on numbers given in that gamasutra article.

Keep in mind just because it says >850k doesn't mean it sold ~850k.  For example, NPD had Uncharted 2 at 950k in the US as of december, and the article writer said it has sold at least 100k this year.

AC II might be way off though.

 

Motorstorm is certainly way off. That is probably the case for Uncharted 1 as well. Both were "well short of" 750k a year ago, so I'm doubting current VGC numbers that put them at 1.54 and 1.34 million in Americas respectively. And yes I realize VGC's Americas includes Canada.

It's also worth noting that NPD never counts software bundled with hardware in their ltds.  So the Uncharted 1 bundle could account for some of that difference.  Was Motorstorm bundled in the US?



jarrod said:
ameratsu said:
Yakuzaice said:
ameratsu said:


I have to say that some titles seem to be poorly tracked here based on numbers given in that gamasutra article.

Keep in mind just because it says >850k doesn't mean it sold ~850k.  For example, NPD had Uncharted 2 at 950k in the US as of december, and the article writer said it has sold at least 100k this year.

AC II might be way off though.

 

Motorstorm is certainly way off. That is probably the case for Uncharted 1 as well. Both were "well short of" 750k a year ago, so I'm doubting current VGC numbers that put them at 1.54 and 1.34 million in Americas respectively. And yes I realize VGC's Americas includes Canada.

It's also worth noting that NPD never counts software bundled with hardware in their ltds.  So the Uncharted 1 bundle could account for some of that difference.  Was Motorstorm bundled in the US?

Mostly bundled

Uncharted was bundled heavily in others though, but there was tons of Uncharted bundles in the US.

 



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Completely forgot about those bundles. My bad



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psrock said:
jarrod said:
ameratsu said:
Yakuzaice said:
ameratsu said:


I have to say that some titles seem to be poorly tracked here based on numbers given in that gamasutra article.

Keep in mind just because it says >850k doesn't mean it sold ~850k.  For example, NPD had Uncharted 2 at 950k in the US as of december, and the article writer said it has sold at least 100k this year.

AC II might be way off though.

 

Motorstorm is certainly way off. That is probably the case for Uncharted 1 as well. Both were "well short of" 750k a year ago, so I'm doubting current VGC numbers that put them at 1.54 and 1.34 million in Americas respectively. And yes I realize VGC's Americas includes Canada.

It's also worth noting that NPD never counts software bundled with hardware in their ltds.  So the Uncharted 1 bundle could account for some of that difference.  Was Motorstorm bundled in the US?

Mostly bundled

Uncharted was bundled heavily in others though, but there was tons of Uncharted bundles in the US.

 

Yeah, Uncharted had a decent US bundle that basically gave the game away for free iirc ($499 w/160GB back in 2008).  Did Motorstorm have an official US bundle though?  I can't remember?



Yeah Motorstorm had the most bundling with PS3's.

Still wonder why Pacific Rift didn't do that well, its 10 times better than motorstorm 1 & with all the bundling motorstorm 1 got they had a userbase ready to buy motorstorm 2.



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