September 2011 NPD

Initial numbers

PlayStation 3 364,000-374,000*
Xbox 360 438,000
Wii 240,000
Nintendo 3DS 260,000
Nintendo DS 145,000

What’s the asterisk for on the PS3 number?


Software (New physical retail only, across all platforms including PC)

  1. Madden NFL 12 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP)** Electronic Arts
  2. Gears of War 3 (360)** Microsoft (Corp)
  3. Dead Island (360, PS3, PC) Deep Silver
  4. FIFA Soccer 12 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, 3DS) Electronic Arts
  5. NHL 12 (360, PS3) Electronic Arts
  6. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (360, PS3, PC)** Square Enix Inc
  7. Resistance 3 (PS3) Sony (Corp)
  8. Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Wii, NDS, 360, 3DS, PS3, PSP, PC) LucasArts
  9. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, NDS, Wii, PC)** Activision Blizzard
  10. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (360, PS3, PC) THQ

**(includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)

Xbox 360 438,000
PlayStation 3 364,000-374,000*
Nintendo 3DS 260,000
Wii 240,000
Nintendo DS 145,000

I hate when the sales aren’t listed in some kind of order.

Resistance 3 sold 180,000 units.


It means that the numbers were extrapolated using data in other sources, which is why there’s a huge variance.

The PS3 got caught using steroids.

NPD numbers for PS3 exclusives always seem catastrophic like this, and then the developers almost always come out a month or two later claiming at least 1-2 million sold. Seems like the majority of sales for PS3 exclusives come from outside of North America.

Or one number is copies sold at retail and the other is copies shipped to retail. Very different things, but a publisher only cares about shipping the copies out. After that, it’s the distributor’s problem.

PS3 home turf is Western Europe apart from UK (Xbox territory) and Germany (PC 4 life) for Western game releases.


No PC numbers?


So then, was the new Deus Ex a success? If Resistance 3 only sold 180,000, maybe Deus Ex didn’t do too much better?

Deus Ex HR was the no. 1 the past month.

Nice. Have Square announced any numbers for it yet? 1 million shipped, that sort of thing?

On September 9…

It’s been two weeks since Deus Ex: Human Revolution launched in Europe and just a few days longer since its launch in the US. Since then we have shipped over two million copies of the game globally. This is before we’ve even reached the Japanese October release date.

Google says:

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Has Shipped Two Million Units

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A longer look a the latest NPD figures is now up on Gamasutra. The thing that struck me most about this months figures: Xbox 360 outsold the PS3 and did so at a higher average price.