May 2011 NPD U.S. Console Sales Charts

May 2011 NPD U.S. Hardware and Software Sales Data

Reporting Period 5/1/11 through 5/28/11


Xbox 360: 270K (+39%) [Best Selling Console]
PlayStation 3: 177K (+15%) Approximate
Wii: 236K
3DS: 97K Approximate (LTD in the US is just short of 700K units) Source: Gamasutra

Software (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms incl. PC)

01. L.A. Noire (360, PS3) Take 2 Interactive – 899K
02. Brink (360, PS3, PC) Bethesda Softworks – 401K [360/PS3 Only]
03. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC) Disney Interactive Studios
04. Portal 2 (360, PS3, PC) Electronic Arts
05. Mortal Kombat 2011 (PS3, 360) Warner Bros. Interactive – 292K
06. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PC) Activision Blizzard
07. Zumba Fitness: Join the Party (Wii, 360, PS3) Majesco
08. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, PC) Take 2 Interactive
09. Just Dance 2 (Wii) Ubisoft
10. Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Wii, NDS, 360, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC) Lucasarts

Dead or Alive: Dimensions: less than 20,000 units Source: GoNintendo

As more information comes in this post will be updated

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Xbox 360 Sales Reach 55m LTD

The following sales data was announced by Microsoft:

  • Xbox 360 LTD sales – 55 million units worldwide (compared to 50 million PS3 units, and 86.01 million Wii units)
  • 360 has held the top spot in NPD sales charts for the past eleven months
  • 29% year over year increase in the US during the first four months of 2011
  • 35 million Xbox Live members
  • More than 10 million Kinect units sold

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April 2011 NPD U.S. Console Sales Charts

February 2011 NPD U.S. Console Sales Charts

UNCTV report shows off a bunch of Gears of War 3 multiplayer footage


Gears of War Triple Pack announced

Gears of War Triple Pack contains:

  • Gears of War, Gears of War 2, and GW2’s Road to Ruin campaign
  • 19 extra multiplayer maps
  • Gears of War Map Pack 1 and hidden Fronts Map Pack can be downloaded on Xbox Live for free
  • Releases on Feb 15th for $29.99

Final Fantasy XIII-2 (not XIV) announced for PS3 and Xbox 360


London (18 January 2011) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces a new release for next winter, FINAL FANTASY® XIII-2 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. A sequel to “FINAL FANTASY XIII” originally released in Europe in March 2010 that has since shipped a cumulative total of 6 million units worldwide.

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Microsoft: Xbox isn’t a gaming console, it’s a entertainment center

“Xbox isn’t a gaming console. Xbox is a family entertainment center. It’s a place to socialize. It’s a place to watch TV. We have Hulu coming. It’s the only system where you are the controller. Your voice, your gestures, your body. I think about my own family. My wife used to say, ‘No, no, that’s the machine the boys use,’ and now she says, ‘Yeah, I want to go watch movies. Let’s go play the dance game. It opens up accessibility to family entertainment because with the Kinect, you control these systems with your body, with your voice. We’ve opened up the world of content in TV, movies. You just sit there and say ‘Xbox’ or ‘play movie.’ You go to your average 15-year-old boy, and he will say, ‘I’ll take an Xbox.’ I want that average 15-year-old girl as excited about the Kinect, and we haven’t done as good a job drawing in that broader set of demographics.” – Steve Ballmer, Microsoft

Microsoft has always wanted to push the Xbox to be the entertainment feature in the living room, but I really don’t see how Kinect improves what the 360 already does towards that end in any meaningful way.


Gamer Investments Podcast, Episode #28


Episode 28 of The Gamer Investments Podcast is live.  Topics in this episode include;

  • Dec 2010 NPD U.S. video game sales
  • New 3DS info
  • PSP 2 to be announced Jan 27th, powerful as a PS3
  • Rage quitters in Marvel vs Capcom 3 to paired up with their own kind
  • Sledgehammer Gamers working on next Call of Duty
  • Microsoft asking the patent office to deny Apple the “App Store” trademark
  • Sony sues PS3 hackers
  • And oh so much more!

Email with all questions, comments and suggestions.

iTunes link

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