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10:00 AM on 11.24.2013

Consumers spent $3.45 billion on videogames last quarter

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...

Wesley Ruscher


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11:00 PM on 10.25.2013

Final Fantasy XIV has over 1.5 million accounts

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...

Abel Girmay

7:00 PM on 10.19.2013

Wii U sales triple in wake of price cut, Wind Waker HD

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...

Kyle MacGregor

6:00 AM on 08.16.2013

NPD: NCAA Football and 3DS rise to the top in July

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...

Tony Ponce

1:00 PM on 05.18.2013

NPD: Injustice and Dead Island lead sales in April

[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...

Tony Ponce

11:30 AM on 05.03.2013

NPD Study: 72 percent of gamers play online

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...

Allistair Pinsof



The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct makes NPD's top 10 photo
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct makes NPD's top 10
by Dale North

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 sales data the game ranks number 9 on the list of the top ten best selling games of the month. That's the power of licensing, folks.

Thankfully, that list is topped by a good game, BioShock Infinite. Yes, last month's best and worst games just about bookend the top ten list. While NPD does not release individual game sales numbers, data from Cowen and Company shows that Infinite moved 878,000 copies in March, says GamesIndustry

The rest of the top 10 list is made of new games. NPD says that new release sales were 40 percent better than last year this time, and that they made almost 70 percent more this year.

It was nice to see other strong games like Tomb Raider, God of War: Ascension, and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon on the list. Even underdog Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 made it!

See the full list below.

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NPD: Hardware rose in Feb, overall sales still poop photo
NPD: Hardware rose in Feb, overall sales still poop
by Tony Ponce

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 considering this past January was a five-week reporting period while February was a four-week period. Xbox 360 naturally took the crown again with 302K consoles moved, but even Wii U and PS Vita managed to increase their average weekly sales by over 40% and 30% respectively. Compared to the pathetic performances by both new machines last month, this would put the Wii U at 66K and Vita above 36K, which is... still kinda terrible, actually.

But hey! The 3DS has finally crossed 8 million units! Which is cool, until you realize that it still has 3 million to go to reach the 10.8 million total in Japan. You know, that tiny country with only 40% of the population of the US? Yeah, what's up with that?

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NPD: Wii U sold a paltry 55,000 units in January photo
NPD: Wii U sold a paltry 55,000 units in January
by Tony Ponce

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 release alongside the 360 and PS3 versions, I think we all understood deep down that Ubi was nervous about the console's sales potential.

I just don't think anyone could have guessed it was this bad.

Looking at the stats from the January 2013 NPD, Gamasutra reveals that the Wii U during its first three months has sold 38% less than the Wii in the same span of time. Because no hard Wii U numbers we reported, we do a little arithmetic to arrive at a third month total of roughly 55K, lower than any of the previous generation's consoles' worst months with the possible exception of the Wii in the past year. In comparison, the 360 was able to hit a strong 281K.

But before we discuss what exactly this means, let's take a look at what games charted.

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2:45 PM on 12.07.2012

Nintendo sells 1.75 million hardware units in November

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 ...

Dale North

9:00 AM on 12.07.2012

Xbox 360 dominates PS3/Wii U November sales in US

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...

Jim Sterling





7:00 AM on 04.16.2012

Kid Icarus soars with Mario in US March NPD data

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 ...

Chris Carter

3:15 PM on 02.03.2012

Game changer: NPD to receive Walmart sales data

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...

Dale North

8:30 PM on 12.09.2011

November NPD: Xbox 360, Call of Duty, Skyrim lead sales

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...

Samit Sarkar

7:15 PM on 12.09.2011

Current Wii install base in US: 37.7 million units

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 ...

Dale North

10:15 AM on 10.17.2011

NPD: Even at a higher price, Xbox 360 outsells PS3

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...

Dale North