To me this graph seems more accurate than the sites...
NPD numbers add up to 3.41 million (I think I may have rounded, so it could be 3.79 million). Japan I counted weekly totals and I get what the site has 0.27.
Where did you get the European numbers, I have had a really hard time tracking them, I can't find any agency like NPD that reports the numbers.
When M$ says 10 million. They mean they have shipped 10 million. Which "shipped" means in the pipeline. So anywhere from the end of the assembly line, to a cargo container, to a truck in America, to the retailers floor. It doesn't necessarily mean sold. Which NPD attempts to track the actual number sold in stores.
1. they're straight from m-create. ioi averages b/w famitsu & m-create for this site's numbers.
2. EURO figures are based on UK sales which are released weekly (from CESA?) every once in ahwile on forums sometimes w/ LTDs. I take that little bit of data and have it track similar to U.S. sales (unless there are price drops/major releases)since both Europe/America have similar selling seasons, right? Basically Christmas and the post-Easter slowdown that all of the West experiences (or am I wrong about that?). I've noticed UK sales increase in Oct. more than in the U.S. in comparison w/ Sept. and Nov. sales are higher in the UK in comparison w/ Dec. versus the U.S. I assume not having an official Christmas Season start date (w/ch the U.S. has: the day after Thanksgiving) causes earlier shopping, even as early as October in Europe...
BTW, if there are seasonal sales effects the UK/Europe experiences that are different than the U.S. I'd like to hear them...I've alsways assumed they are the same.
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