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11:00 AM on 07.16.2011

Just Dance 2: the best selling third party Wii game ever

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 ...

Maurice Tan

11:00 AM on 06.28.2011

Xbox 360 sold twice as many online games as PS3 in 2010

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'...

Dale North

10:40 AM on 03.28.2011

NPD acts wankish, blocks media from seeing sales figures

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...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 02.20.2011

January NPD: 360 leads, Black Ops still on top

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 ...

Jonathan Holmes

1:00 PM on 01.15.2011

NPD: Epic Mickey sells 1.3 million and other surprises

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...

Jonathan Holmes

3:20 PM on 01.13.2011

Microsoft 'ran out' of Xbox 360s this holiday season

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...

Jim Sterling





3:00 PM on 12.10.2010

November NPD: Xbox 360 at 1.37 million, Wii at 1.27m

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...

Dale North

5:00 PM on 09.28.2010

NPD: Only 6% of consumers downloaded DLC

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...

Dale North

1:40 PM on 09.20.2010

NPD: Digital PC sales overtake retail PC sales

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...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 08.14.2010

WeekeNPD: Gaming's numbers for July

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...

Matthew Razak

11:00 PM on 07.01.2010

May NPD: Red Dead Redemption rocks the charts

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...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:20 PM on 05.14.2010

Pachter calls April sales 'baffling' and 'terribly wrong'

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...

Dale North

12:00 PM on 05.09.2010

Wii has 79 million sellers, but what are they?

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...

Jonathan Holmes

7:30 PM on 04.16.2010

NPD says Red Steel 2 flopped, Ubisoft says maybe not

The NPD data for March is out, and it tells us that Red Steel 2 only sold 50K in its opening month. Not good, especially compared with other games that debuted in March (like God of War III, which sold over a million) and lon...

Jonathan Holmes



Final Fantasy XIII PS3 sells twice as many as 360 version photo
Final Fantasy XIII PS3 sells twice as many as 360 version
by Jim Sterling

One of the most bitter battles of the current console war, the multiplatform success of Final Fantasy XIII, has ended with a clear winner. The PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIII has sold almost twice as many copies as the 360 version according to the latest NPD numbers. That's pretty conclusive.

Final Fantasy XIII, heralded as the very first Final Fantasy game to enjoy a simultaneous launch on home consoles, sold 828,000 PS3 copies compared to 493,000 on the Xbox 360. As you can see, the numbers weren't even close as fans find themselves unable to divorce Final Fantasy from the PlayStation brand. 

It's hardly surprising. A big deal was made about how XIII was totally uncompressed on Blu-ray, while the game had to be crammed onto three DVDs and suffer some minor quality loss. Also, quite a few fans bought a PS3 specifically for Final Fantasy XIII, and I suppose they couldn't countenance buying it elsewhere after dropping so much cash. 

It really isn't often that you see a PS3 game outsell a 360 alternative to such a wild degree, but that's the situation. What version did you get, and why do you personally think it did so well on PS3?

Final Fantasy XIII PS3 sold twice as many as 360 [CVG]

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10:30 PM on 04.15.2010

March NPD: DS-Wii-Kratos-Ho-Oh-MLB-XIII FTW

Everyone always has a different spin on the numbers. The first thing that sexy Samit Sarkar thought when he saw this month's NPD data was, "God of War III (expletive deleted)-ed (expletive deleted) up, and OMG MLB 10 The Show...

Jonathan Holmes