YTD Sales through April ("Paging wumpus")

Because we care more about sales numbers than discussing games…

Looks like the Wind Waker and Pokemon RuSu are the first million sellers of 2003.

US YTD Sales Numbers (Jan 03 - Apr 03)

NOTE: The last number on each line is the number of units sold

Top Selling Games - All Platforms YTD
Rank # Proj $ Proj Units

GCN ZELDA: THE WIND WAKER NINTENDO OF AMERICA MAR’03 1 48,826,370 984,748
PS2 GRAND THEFT AUTO:VICE ROCKSTAR GAMES (TAKE 2) OCT’02 2 31,476,050 642,252
PS2 THE GETAWAY SONY COMPUTER ENT. (SONY) JAN’03 3 29,574,450 746,247
PS2 THE SIMS ELECTRONIC ARTS JAN’03 4 27,987,030 569,840
GBA POKEMON RUBY NINTENDO OF AMERICA MAR’03 5 27,020,000 893,212
GBA POKEMON SAPPHIRE NINTENDO OF AMERICA MAR’03 6 24,473,760 811,781
PS2 SOCOM:SEALS W/HEADSET SONY COMPUTER ENT. (SONY) AUG’02 7 20,580,430 346,250
PS2 DEF JAM VENDETTA ELECTRONIC ARTS MAR’03 8 18,098,920 365,770
PS2 YU-GI-OH! DUELISTS KONAMI OF AMERICA FEB’03 9 16,015,840 328,542
PS2 DEVIL MAY CRY 2 CAPCOM USA JAN’03 10 15,751,570 321,633

Top PS2 Titles (YTD)
Rank # Proj $ Proj Units

PS2 GRAND THEFT AUTO:VICE ROCKSTAR GAMES (TAKE 2) OCT’02 1 31,476,050 642,252
PS2 THE GETAWAY SONY COMPUTER ENT. (SONY) JAN’03 2 29,574,450 746,247
PS2 THE SIMS ELECTRONIC ARTS JAN’03 3 27,987,030 569,840
PS2 SOCOM:SEALS W/HEADSET SONY COMPUTER ENT. (SONY) AUG’02 4 20,580,430 346,250
PS2 DEF JAM VENDETTA ELECTRONIC ARTS MAR’03 5 18,098,920 365,770
PS2 YU-GI-OH! DUELISTS KONAMI OF AMERICA FEB’03 6 16,015,840 328,542
PS2 DEVIL MAY CRY 2 CAPCOM USA JAN’03 7 15,751,570 321,633
PS2 DRAGON BALL Z:BUDOKAI ATARI INTERACTIVE DEC’02 8 15,730,920 325,021
PS2 T.CLANCY’S SPLINTER UBI SOFT APR’03 9 13,514,920 273,295
PS2 XENOSAGA EPISODE 1 NAMCO FEB’03 10 13,046,520 263,331

Top Xbox Titles (YTD)
Rank # Proj $ Proj Units

XBX T.CLANCYS GHOST RECON UBI SOFT NOV’02 1 10,351,070 212,542
XBX HALO MICROSOFT NOV’01 2 10,070,300 211,925
XBX T.CLANCY’S SPLINTER UBI SOFT NOV’02 3 9,704,189 204,465
XBX DOA: BEACH VOLLEYBALL TECMO JAN’03 4 9,242,477 186,447
XBX LORD OF RINGS: TOWERS ELECTRONIC ARTS DEC’02 5 5,887,096 120,116
XBX MECH ASSAULT MICROSOFT NOV’02 6 4,355,071 89,118
XBX PANZER DRAGOON ORTA SEGA OF AMERICA JAN’03 7 4,305,589 87,131
XBX TAO FENG: FIST LOTUS MICROSOFT MAR’03 8 3,809,778 76,612
XBX TIGER WOODS PGA 2003 ELECTRONIC ARTS OCT’02 9 3,790,539 76,477
XBX MORTAL KOMBAT: DEADLY MIDWAY NOV’02 10 3,459,873 70,600

Top GC Titles (YTD)
Rank # Proj $ Proj Units

GCN ZELDA: THE WIND WAKER NINTENDO OF AMERICA MAR’03 1 48,826,370 984,748
GCN MARIO PARTY 4 NINTENDO OF AMERICA OCT’02 2 6,883,407 190,164
GCN SUPER SMASH BRO MELEE NINTENDO OF AMERICA DEC’01 3 6,177,393 182,034
GCN METROID PRIME NINTENDO OF AMERICA NOV’02 4 6,072,117 181,678
GCN LORD OF RINGS: TOWERS ELECTRONIC ARTS DEC’02 5 5,231,230 105,618
GCN ANIMAL CROSSING NINTENDO OF AMERICA SEP’02 6 4,888,446 98,515
GCN SUPER MARIO SUNSHINE NINTENDO OF AMERICA AUG’02 7 3,690,849 75,229
GCN SONIC MEGA COLLECTION SEGA OF AMERICA NOV’02 8 3,080,385 78,102
GCN STAR FOX ADVENTURES NINTENDO OF AMERICA SEP’02 9 2,959,795 84,865
GCN SKIES OF ARCADIA LGND SEGA OF AMERICA JAN’03 10 2,928,512 57,289

Top PSX Titles (YTD)
Rank # Proj $ Proj Units

PSX DRAGONBALL Z:ULT BTTL ATARI INTERACTIVE MAR’03 1 3,755,233 181,022
PSX YU-GI-OH! FORBIDDEN KONAMI OF AMERICA MAR’02 2 3,593,543 120,511
PSX FINAL FANTASY ORIGINS SQUARE ENIX USA APR’03 3 3,081,931 103,299
PSX SPONGEBOB SUPERSPONGE THQ SEP’01 4 1,650,203 83,435
PSX SPIDERMAN 2: ELECTRO ACTIVISION OCT’01 5 1,426,639 71,587
PSX NAMCO MUSEUM VOL 3 NAMCO FEB’97 6 1,325,310 83,950
PSX MK TRILOGY MIDWAY OCT’96 7 1,283,199 115,280
PSX SCOOBY DOO & CYBER THQ SEP’01 8 1,216,933 61,299
PSX SPIDER-MAN ACTIVISION AUG’00 9 1,189,048 60,917
PSX SPYRO: YEAR OF DRAGON SONY COMPUTER ENT. (SONY) OCT’00 10 1,184,599 79,033

Top GBA Titles (YTD)
Rank # Proj $ Proj Units

GBA POKEMON RUBY NINTENDO OF AMERICA MAR’03 1 27,020,000 893,212
GBA POKEMON SAPPHIRE NINTENDO OF AMERICA MAR’03 2 24,473,760 811,781
GBA ZELDA: LINK TO PAST NINTENDO OF AMERICA DEC’02 3 7,758,182 255,769
GBA YU-GI-OH! DUNGEONDICE KONAMI OF AMERICA FEB’03 4 6,944,225 232,654
GBA YU-GI-OH! ETERNAL KONAMI OF AMERICA OCT’02 5 6,242,578 210,653
GBA KIRBY: NIGHTMARE NINTENDO OF AMERICA DEC’02 6 5,076,992 170,337
GBA METROID FUSION NINTENDO OF AMERICA NOV’02 7 4,288,975 144,118
GBA SUPER MARIO ADVANCE 2 NINTENDO OF AMERICA FEB’02 8 4,101,565 133,690
GBA YU-GI-OH! WORLDWIDE KONAMI OF AMERICA APR’03 9 4,030,788 112,562
GBA YOSHI’S ISLAND:MARIO3 NINTENDO OF AMERICA SEP’02 10 3,679,151 121,146

YTD Platform Market Share
YTD Sales (in millions of dollars)

PS2 704.8 49.84%
Xbox 202.6 14.33%
GC 185.5 13.12%
GBA 208.0 14.71%
Psone 88.4 6.25%
Other 24.8 1.75%
Total 1414.1 100%

Courtesy of sonycowboy at Gaming Age.

WHo are the people that bought all of The Sims units on the PS2?!?! Oh well, I guess the Sims will be here forever and I must stop bitching.

The popularity of Yu GI Oh and Pokemon titles is simply amazing to me:

-Graphics are not flashy
-No sex
-Little violence
-A distinct lack of twitchy, button pushing
-Brain power and a certain amount of strategy is required
-Not some nutty Japanese-only infatuation like dating sims

Not complaining. This just flies in the face of where most console titles and all PC titles are going.

Yup. Thanks for perpetuating that mindset some more. I guess you’re safe until an Xbox game dominates the list. Then you’ll get crap from wumpus. Yup. Lotsa fun.

Does it though? I’ve been thinking lately that we’re heading toward a lot of Hollywood-style games where every action is scripted and you’re basically pushing one button to win. But thinking about what I’ve bought in the last year or so, there’s been a pretty strong revival of the 8/16-bit classics. Maybe I’ve been railing against the light while there really is a drive for quality games that are actually for play and not for watching?

Contra: Shattered Soldier, Mega Man Network Transmission, Maximo, Shinobi, Gungrave, Rygar, just about any Nintendo game…these are throwbacks to the days when skill ruled. There are more on the way too including Castlevania: Lament of Innocence which looks superb. Then on the PC there’s Rise of Nations, which is about as hardcore as RTS could get. Galactic Civilizations…a blast from the bygone past. There’s a lot of others too. So fortunately, I don’t think we’re going to end up with a landscape of first person only games where everything you do produces a reaction like the most sugar coated action scene. Someone out there realizes that gameplay is king even if many of the casuals don’t realize it… yet.

–Dave

Yup. Thanks for perpetuating that mindset some more. I guess you’re safe until an Xbox game dominates the list. Then you’ll get crap from wumpus. Yup. Lotsa fun.[/quote]

Did Mike really need a smiley after that one when he called out wumpus, the king of Gamerankings and the guy who seems to use sales or reviews as the gauge for all games’ worthiness?

–Dave

Never underestimate the power of cute toys and a deep yet accessible RPG, Tyjenks.

That’s not actually possible.

I guess you’re safe until an Xbox game dominates the list.

Yeah, that’ll happen ;)

I hope you are right. Now I need to finally pick up a YGO or Pokemon game. :)

Don’t see how those numbers are right for Vice City. Its only sold 700K in those 3 months? I’ve seen a number of articles touting its sales in the millions, close too if not already passing GTA 3’s sales. Unless it sold all of those in the first month or so after it release late last year.

Well it was Christmas season.

Yeah, that’ll happen

How many months until Halo 2 is released? Oh, I’ll be quoting me some sales figures then…

I think I’m bored with consoles in all forms. There’s no real innovation on those platforms any more; the only real breakout title of this generation was GTA3, and that’s available for the PC anyway.

Heck, I can even get my crazy DDR sock lovin’ on the PC these days-- I less than three you, HTPC!

The numbers are probably right off the NPDFunWorld sheet. I doubt they’re wrong. 700k for the first four months of the year on a game most people were already buying back in like September is still pretty damn good. Total sales are something much higher obviously…

–Dave

I thought Vice City would have sold more copies than that… odd. Anyone know what it’s sold so far since release?

Yup. Thanks for perpetuating that mindset some more. I guess you’re safe until an Xbox game dominates the list. Then you’ll get crap from wumpus. Yup. Lotsa fun.[/quote]

Did Mike really need a smiley after that one when he called out wumpus, the king of Gamerankings and the guy who seems to use sales or reviews as the gauge for all games’ worthiness?

–Dave[/quote]

Apparently so. Sometimes it seems like you guys are on a campaign to prove the superiority of your console of choice to the rest of the world with sales numbers; you really get into it. Not like I haven’t done the same thing a million times.

Actually that’s not true. I think any Gamecube or XBox fan trying to prove that their console is superior with sales numbers is just gonna look silly. Partly because console wars are stupid (I’m not getting a check from any of these companies, so why should I care?) and partly because they are both getting their asses beat so damn badly by Sony right now that a few thousand units here or there makes no difference. Really I’m just here to argue with wumpus. But right now I have to go pick up my Gameboy Player…

If we were foolish enough to try to prove our current favorite console’s superiority with sales numbers, we and the Xbots would be laughed right out of here.

Now if you want to hear about how I think the games on the Cube are more enjoyable than 99% of the exclusive Xbox titles or that Sony is so lucky they have the top selling system so they can count on good support by default, then I’m all for arguments. :)

–Dave

You can say that again. Door’s down the hall and to your left :)

I guess I was wrong, but, seriously, I can’t help but wander about you guys sometimes. Why put so much effort and energy into arguing about which one is better? It’s almost like your console’s colors must be shown true at all costs. Perhaps it’s just my perception of the events, or projection, or something else, but still I wonder…

I think you’re projecting/choosing to label us. Sure, we like Nintendo games, but we don’t play them exclusively. I haven’t even finished putting all my PC games into my IGN Collection page and already I have far, far more PC games than I do games on any console system.

What Mike and I may get a little miffed about, and rightfully so, is the claims of Nintendo “dying” or Nintendo “failing”. If they’re failing while actually making money in the console business with three of the best selling games of the year, then what the heck is Microsoft doing? They’ve already lost half of what they expected to lose over like six years of the Xbox’s lifespan…in a year and a half. They’ve got one, maybe two truly great, hit games on their console. So why is it folks don’t say they’re “dying”, just because they have money in the bank to fall back on? Nintendo has that too. So what?

That’s what rankles me, especially on these boards when you hear wumpus say it. But I’ve learned to ignore wumpus now unless he’s really spouting baseless nonsense. The bottom line is that there are some really great games on all the systems, including Nintendo Gamecube and even Xbox. For me personally, I can get by with just GC and PS2 with the occasional game for my GBA/GBPlayer. Many of the favored Xbox games are available on the PC so if I really want to play them, I have a damn good PC to run those upon. I want something different from console gaming that I don’t get from PC gaming. Lately, that’s been more “fun” for me. But there are some cool PC games coming out and I’m sure I’ll play and enjoy those too if I can fit it all in my admittedly tight budget.

So I’d say we throw around some sales numbers from time to time simply to prove that it’s not the end of the world like so many gamers (and even analysts) would have you believe. If you’re convinced that Nintendo is dead and they’re irrelevant to console gaming, then good for you, I don’t agree and anyone who takes a look at the business side of games in addition to the creative side will probably agree with me and not you. Frankly, there hasn’t been a thread on console game sales on here in awhile and these numbers are pretty interesting if you follow the business of gaming or even if you don’t.

Finally, I really don’t spend as much time and energy into arguing here as you might think. I type very fast so these posts really don’t take more than five or ten minutes tops. I rarely have to go back and edit them much either. So in all, maybe I spent 20 min. in this thread. Since I like to talk about games and the business of games, that was a fun 20 minutes. Now back down to the GBP with my wife and two oldest sons to help them play Pokémon Ruby. :)

–Dave

Tyjenks, what is SimplyCosmetic French for?

Feh. I’ve always preferred “Cosmic Simpleton” as a comeback. ;)