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Consumers spent $3.45 billion on videogames last quarter


Grand Theft Auto 5 leads the way
Nov 24
// Wesley Ruscher
According to a recent report from the NPD group, U.S. consumers spent 3.45 billion dollars last quarter on videogame content -- up 17 percent from the same quarter in 2012.  Leading the charge was Grand Theft Auto 5, whi...
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Final Fantasy XIV has over 1.5 million accounts


Rise phoenix, rise
Oct 25
// Abel Girmay
After managing to crack the top ten NPD list for its late August launch, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has now passed the 1.5 million registered users milestone. Many will remember the original Final Fantasy XIV launch, w...
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Wii U sales triple in wake of price cut, Wind Waker HD


Nintendo 3DS best-selling console in US for fifth consecutive month
Oct 19
// Kyle MacGregor
Sales of Wii U hardware increased dramatically at the tail end of September, jumping more than 200 percent over August's numbers in just 15 days, Nintendo of America has announced. The spike coincided with the system's S...
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NPD: NCAA Football and 3DS rise to the top in July


Overall, industry is down 19% from 2012
Aug 16
// Tony Ponce
Thursday was NPD day, a day of celebration and / or commiseration throughout the US gaming industry. The big winners in terms of hardware and software were 3DS and NCAA Football 14. This marks the third straight month that 3D...
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NPD: Injustice and Dead Island lead sales in April


Total sales down 25% YOY
May 18
// Tony Ponce
[DC zombie sculpts by Casey Love Designs] The NPD Group released US sales data for April 2013 two days ago, but a complete lack of enthusiasm on the part of the Destructoid staff has delayed our posting it. Not our fault! Loo...
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NPD Study: 72 percent of gamers play online


Up by 5-percent from last year
May 03
// Allistair Pinsof
I hope you like Tomb Raider's forced multiplayer, because NPD's latest study provides more coal to big publishers's firery intiative to have multiplayer in more games. NPD polled 8,800 US gamers, discovering that 72 percent p...

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct makes NPD's top 10

Apr 19 // Dale North
1. BioShock Infinite (X360, PS3, PC) - Take-Two Interactive2. Tomb Raider (X360, PS3) - Square Enix3. Gears of War: Judgment (X360) - Microsoft4. God of War: Ascension (PS3) Sony5. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360, PS3, PC, Wii U) - Activision Blizzard6. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS) - Nintendo7. MLB13: The Show (PS3, PS Vita) - Sony8. NBA 2K13 (X360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC) - Take-Two Interactive9. The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (X360, PS3, Wii U) - Activision Blizzard10. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (X360, PS3) - Namco Bandai Games
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BioShock Infinite moves 878,000 copies
Yesterday, Hamza popped up and screamed "Told you!" to our staff. And he was right. Not too long ago he said that miserable game The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct would do better than we'd expect it to. In NPD's March 2013...

NPD: Hardware rose in Feb, overall sales still poop

Mar 15 // Tony Ponce
Overall sales are down 25% year over year, despite having "the same number of February launches that landed in the top ten ranking this year as there were last February, collectively," according to NPD analyst Liam Callahan. At least E3 is happy that both Dead Space 3 and Crysis 3 placed first and third on the software chart. Additionally, the Skylanders brand continues to be a money-maker -- software and figurines contributed a cool $35 million to the monthly total. Now without further ado, I give you the top ten games list: Top 10 software chart (SKUs combined) Dead Space 3 (360, PS3, PC) Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, Wii U, PC) Crysis 3 (360, PS3, PC) NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC) Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3, 360) Aliens: Colonial Marines (360, PS3, PC) Just Dance 4 (Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U) Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC) Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS3, PSV) Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U) Dead Space 3 Leads U.S. Sales in February [IGN via NeoGAF]
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Retail is down 25% from February 2012
The NPD Group has released game sales data for February 2013, which means it's time to play another exciting round of "good news, bad news"! Hardware sales have actually risen compared to January, which is even better news co...

NPD: Wii U sold a paltry 55,000 units in January

Feb 15 // Tony Ponce
Top 10 software chart (SKUs combined) Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, Wii U, PC) Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC) Just Dance 4 (Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U) NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC) Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U) DmC: Devil May Cry (PS3, 360) Halo 4 (360) Assassin's Creed III (360, PS3, Wii U, PC) Skylanders Giants (Wii, 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U) FIFA Soccer 13 (PS3, 360, PSV, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PSP) What you don't see on this list is Ni no Kuni, which barely missed the cutoff and came in at #11. However, if you break down the SKUs individually, the Level-5 RPG actually came in at #7. Good news there! Ghibli magic is making waves the world over! So, what of the Wii U? As you can see in the chart above, software on the Wii U has consistently sold less than on its console brethren, in some cases even worse than the versions on Vita (about 35K for the month, if you were curious). The Wii U is simply not selling games at all, which makes it perfectly clear why third parties have been extremely nervous. [embed]245028:46961:0[/embed] But wait a minute, the Wii U has barely been out three months! Every piece of software out there right now exists in the launch window, the larval stage of the machine's life before it truly comes in its own. That companies are already writing it off has to be chalked up to something more. I don't believe for a second that any of these big companies seriously thought ports from the PS3 and 360 were going to make it big right out the gate. This is the first time some of these franchises are appearing on a Nintendo console -- at least in forms that can be considered equivalent to the other HD machines' offerings -- so the audience simply isn't there yet. Obviously, most consumers were going to purchase the sequels to HD heavy hitters on the same console they played the previous installments. But this is surely the case of most platform launches. Typically, you'll have one or two breakout titles right from the start while rest of the library is rounded out with quickly developed software for the sake of getting into the front door. What even the low-performing launch games ought to demonstrate is a company's willingness to invest in a platform's future, at least for a short while to assess the market and general atmosphere. Unfortunately, Wii U software is performing even worse than what we've seen in years past. Now companies are pulling back after one game, while others are so scared that they have canceled plans to support the Wii U. Mere months into its life. As I said before, it's on Nintendo to properly showcase the necessity of having a Wii U in your life, but the anxiety exhibited by third parties is more indicative of their increasing focus on short-term gains, even taking into account the poor sales at the moment. This is not exclusive to Nintendo platforms but rather a portrait of the entire industry. The 360 and PS3 environments are so comfortable, so why risk developing on new hardware? If the Wii U had more beef under the hood, would that have made a difference? The launch library would have undoubtedly included ports, albeit slightly touched-up ports, and we'd still have a situation where the audience of a game will stick to the same platform for the sequel. And if what Konami's Dave Cox said concerning the lack of Lords of Shadow 2 on Wii U is true, that a Wii U port would add significant cost, how much more expensive do you think it would be trying to port to an even more beastly machine? The Wii U is in serious trouble, and Nintendo needs to do whatever it can to turn perception around. However, it'll be fighting against a wave that's washing over the entire industry, and I bet you a fat stack that Sony and Microsoft will be feeling the heat as well. Everyone seems to be eyeballing the new PlayStation and Xbox as the true start of the new generation, but I have this sinking feeling that most are going to be disappointed. When a single misstep has the potential to sink an entire company, and considering the continued strong sales of the 360 in the States and PS3 everywhere else, third parties might want to stick to the old standbys for a while longer. Orbis and Durango will need to have a significant number of new third-party IPs that are greeted with immediate success, but I highly doubt the industry as a whole is adequately prepared for the big technological shift to pull that off. But that's a discussion for another time. Right now, the focus is on Nintendo and what the Japanese gaming giant has to do. The Wii U doesn't need more Mario; it needs solid third-party support that will attract the kind of audience Nintendo lost over the past decade. And no, yesterday's Nintendo Direct isn't going to cut it. I don't know what, but just do something. January sales show continued rough tides for the Wii U [Gamasutra via NeoGAF]NPD: Black Ops 2, Far Cry 3 Top U.S. Sales Charts for January [IGN via NeoGAF]
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Nintendo is in deep doo-doo
It's no secret that the Wii U is in poor shape. No one is denying that Nintendo has failed to push the Wii U message adequately to either the enthusiast gamer or the mass market. And when Ubisoft moved back Rayman Legends to ...

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Nintendo sells 1.75 million hardware units in November


Black Friday
Dec 07
// Dale North
The NPD group says that Nintendo moved more than 1.75 million hardware units in November. The power of Black Friday pushed 910,000 portable systems and 845,000 home consoles into shopping bags last month.  The breakdown ...
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Xbox 360 dominates PS3/Wii U November sales in US


1.2 million 360s to 425,000 Wii Us
Dec 07
// Jim Sterling
Microsoft is currently preening its feathers over another US victory, boasting an NPD victory over both the PS3 and newly released Wii U this November. Although figures overall are down, Microsoft's Xbox division is still doi...
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Kid Icarus soars with Mario in US March NPD data


Apr 16
// Chris Carter
Anyone who follows NPD data knows that Nintendo isn't exactly big on giving up sales numbers (nor are the NPD actually, anymore). Thankfully, IGN was able to unearth a number of Nintendo's hardware and software sales for the ...
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Game changer: NPD to receive Walmart sales data


Feb 03
// Dale North
The games industry has looked to NPD game sales data for their reports and analysis, but we could never put too much stock into the numbers as they did not include the data from the world's largest retailer, Walmart. That cha...
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November NPD: Xbox 360, Call of Duty, Skyrim lead sales


Dec 09
// Samit Sarkar
As usual, this past November saw the launches of some of the most popular and critically acclaimed games in recent memory. Nothing was going to top Call of Duty, of course; in fact, that mammoth franchise showed continued gro...
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Current Wii install base in US: 37.7 million units


Dec 09
// Dale North
Ha! That number sounds soooo made up. But it's real. Strong Black Friday sales helped push the Wii install base in the U.S. to 37.7 million units. I thought everyone already had a Wii, but so many more were sold this holiday ...
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NPD: Even at a higher price, Xbox 360 outsells PS3


Oct 17
// Dale North
Price point isn't everything; the latest data from the NPD group shows this. For September 2011, sales of Xbox 360 grew, despite being on average $35 more expensive than PS3.  In the later years of both consoles' lifespa...
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Just Dance 2: the best selling third party Wii game ever


Jul 16
// Maurice Tan
According to NPD figures, Just Dance 2 has now sold more copies in nine months than any other third party game on the Wii ever released. These games sell like hotcakes, especially in Europe where seemingly everyone among the ...
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Xbox 360 sold twice as many online games as PS3 in 2010


Jun 28
// Dale North
It seems that the Xbox 360 is the gamer's choice for online gaming. Recent data from the NPD Group says that the Xbox 360 sold roughly twice as many online-capable games as the PS3 in 2010. And the Wii? No contest. Microsoft'...
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NPD acts wankish, blocks media from seeing sales figures


Mar 28
// Jim Sterling
The videogame industry is utterly f*cking stupid when it comes to secrecy, and nowhere has that become more apparent than with the NPD. For those who don't know, the NPD collects sales data of videogames and consoles in North...
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January NPD: 360 leads, Black Ops still on top


Feb 20
// Jonathan Holmes
After another December as the U.S.'s top selling home console, it looks like the Wii is on the decline again. Last month, the console was outsold by the Xbox 360 by about 60,000 units. That's a +32% gain for the 360 compared ...
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NPD: Epic Mickey sells 1.3 million and other surprises


Jan 15
// Jonathan Holmes
The NPD isn't what it used to be, but we can still utilize their data to gain some idea of which games are making an impact at retail. There aren't a lot of surprises here, but I was personally shocked to see Epic Mickey come...
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Microsoft 'ran out' of Xbox 360s this holiday season


Jan 13
// Jim Sterling
Microsoft is pretty good at the ol' spin game. America's NPD data comes out tomorrow, and Microsoft does not believe that it beat out the competition this Holiday season, even with Kinect backing it up. However, Microsoft has...
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November NPD: Xbox 360 at 1.37 million, Wii at 1.27m


Dec 10
// Dale North
White Christmas? More like Green Christmas for all the console makers out there. Microsoft had a splendid November, according to the latest NPD numbers with 1.37 million units sold. That makes six months at the top, says Bloo...
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NPD: Only 6% of consumers downloaded DLC


Sep 28
// Dale North
Wait.... BWAHAHAHAHHAAHHA! I f*cking hate DLC. Always have. Never taken part in it. I feel like they should put sh*t in the game if they had the idea for it while they were still making it. Got a good idea after release? Save...
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NPD: Digital PC sales overtake retail PC sales


Sep 20
// Jim Sterling
Last year, it was declared by the NPD Group that retail PC games were still outselling their digital counterparts. Now, for the first half of 2010, it has been revealed that the tables have turned. Digital sales now outnumber...
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WeekeNPD: Gaming's numbers for July


Aug 14
// Matthew Razak
You know the NPD. They track how well things sell in the business of gaming, but we haven't been so consistent on telling you about their monthly numbers. Then I thought of a clever headline for them (you can read it above) a...
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May NPD: Red Dead Redemption rocks the charts


Jul 01
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The May NPD numbers are in, and Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption is the clear winner of the month. The game sold a total of about 1.5 million units on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. As for the other games in the top five, Supe...
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Pachter calls April sales 'baffling' and 'terribly wrong'


May 14
// Dale North
Dramatic much? Sales are down, apparently. You and I probably had no idea, but games analyst Michael Pachter is freaking the freak out about it. Apparently the dollar sales level for last month is the lowest since May 2007, a...
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Wii has 79 million sellers, but what are they?


May 09
// Jonathan Holmes
Nintendo had a thing recently where they said some stuff to keep their investors happy. It was at this thing that they announced Wii Party and that Apple is their future enemy. They also mentioned that as of March 2010, 79 Wi...






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