Weekly Sales Analysis, 24 November - Wii U, Black Friday

by William D'Angelo, posted on 30 November 2012 / 11,357 Views

Overview

The biggest bit of news this week is the release of the Wii U in North America. The first 8th generation home console managed to sell 470,099 units in its first week. Hardware sales more than doubled week on week and are up across the board. However year-on-year sales are a different story. Every platform was down and overall sales are down 31 percent year-on-year.

Five games debuted in the top 30 this week. Hitman: Absolution (PS3) debuted at number six with sales of 501,081. The Xbox 360 version debuted at number seven with sales of 488,127.

Software milestones this week in the top 30: Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360) passed the seven million mark; Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3) passed the five million mark. Halo 4 (X360) passed five million units sold; Kinect: Disneyland Adventures (X360) passed the one million mark; Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS) passed the one million mark; Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) passed the seven million mark; Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (PS3) passed the five million mark; and NBA 2K13 (X360) passed the one million mark.

Worldwide Hardware

Hardware

Hardware home console sales week on week are up across the board. Xbox 360 sales are up 561,268 (133%) to 982,471 units sold. PlayStation 3 sales are up 408,099 (119%) to 752,337 units sold. The Wii U sold 470,099 units in its first week. The Wii sold 387,463 units, which is up 264247 (214%).

Handheld sales are up across the board week on week. The 3DS sold 615,127 units, which is up 206,919 (51%) week on week. The PlayStation Vita is up 97,404 (95%) to 200,397 units sold. The DS is up 242,650 (269%) to 332,879 units sold. The PSP sold 52,488 units which is up 18,209 (53%) compared to last week. Total week on week sales are up 2.27 million (149%) to 3.79 million units.

No platforms were up year-over-year. The PlayStation 3 is down 79,912 (-10%), the Wii is down 479,362 (-55%), and the Xbox 360 is down 319,790 (-25%). The PSP is down 137,089 (-72%), the DS is down 7,138 (-2%) and the 3DS is down 276,175 (-31%). Year on year sales are down 628,970 units (-14%).

Hardware Home Consoles

The Xbox 360 has outsold the PlayStation 3 for the fourth time in 2012 and for the third week in a row. The Wii U had a strong debut, especially since it is only available in North America. The Xbox 360 has a 46 percent market share; the PlayStation 3 has a 35 percent market share; and the Wii has an 18 percent market share. Compared with ten weeks ago all three home consoles are up. The Xbox 360 is up nearly 10 fold, the PlayStation 3 nearly eight fold and the Wii up 11 fold.

Hardware Handhelds

3DS hardware remains well above its rival, the PlayStation Vita, outselling it by more than 3 to 1. The 3DS has outsold its predecessor, the DS, by more than 6 to 1. The PlayStation Vita has nearly outsold its predecessor, the PSP, by nearly 4 to 1. The DS has an 86 percent market share this week for the 7th generation handhelds and the PSP has a 14 percent. The 3DS has a 75 percent market share for the 8th generation of handhelds, while the Vita has a 25 percent market share. Compared with ten weeks ago all four handhelds are up. The 3DS is up nearly four fold, the DS more than nine fold, the Vita by six fold and the PSP by less than two fold.

Worldwide Software

Five games debuted in the top 30 this week. Hitman: Absolution (PS3) debuted at number six with sales of 501,081. The Xbox 360 version debuted at number seven with sales of 488,127. The game launched in North America and Europe.

New Super Mario Bros. U (WiiU) debuted at number 10 with sales of 372,169. The game launched in North America.

Nintendo Land (WiiU) debuted at number 11 with sales of 353,625. The game launched in North America.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (PS3) debuted at number 22 with sales of 176,580. The game launched in North America and Europe.

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Wii) debuted at number 27 with sales of 150,847. The game launched in North America and Europe.

Here are the other games in the top 10 that are not debuts: Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360) is at the top of the charts with sales of 1.24 million units. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3) is at number two with sales of 1.18 million units. Kinect Adventures (X360) is at number three with sales of 615,283. Halo 4 (X360) is at number four with sales of 607,817. Just Dance 4 (Wii) is at number five with sales of 569,302.

Assassin’s Creed III (PS3) is at number eight with sales of 471,345. Assassin’s Creed III (X360) is at number nine with sales of 402,324.

Software

Week on week software sales for home consoles are up for the Wii, and down for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 sold the most games this week with sales of 7.63 million, a decrease of 2.35 million (-24%).  The PlayStation 3 sold 6.44 million games this week, a decrease of 1.18 million (-15%). Wii software sales are up 974,928 (33%) to 3.91 million games sold. The Wii U sold 1.34 million games in its first week.

Handheld software sales are up across the board week on week. The DS sold 1.89 million games, an increase of 736,203 games (64%) week on week. The 3DS sold 1.77 million games, which is up 448,025 (34%).  The Vita sold 563,139 games, an increase of 229,153 (69%).  PSP game sales are up 87,526 (28%) to 397,746 games sold. Total combined software is up 295,241 units (1%) week on week to 23.94 million.

Year on year software totals are up for the 3DS and down for everything else. The PlayStation 3 is down 256,087 (-4%), the Wii is down 3.19 million units (-45%) and the Xbox 360 is down 810,920 units (-10%). The DS is down 1.29 million units (-41%), the PSP is down 711,740 units (-64%) and the 3DS is up 240,239 units (16%). Total combined software is down 4.11 million units (-15%) games sold year on year.

Software Home Consoles

After the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops II last week, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are both down. The Xbox 360 has led for the third straight week and for the fifth time in 10 weeks. The PlayStation 3 led for the other five weeks. The Xbox 360 has a 42 percent market share, the PlayStation 3 with 36 percent, and the Wii with 22 percent. Compared to ten weeks ago all three home consoles are up.

Software Handhelds

The DS sold the most software this week. It has led for five of the last 10 weeks. The 3DS led for the other five weeks. The DS has an 83 percent market share for the current generation handhelds and the PSP has a 17 percent market share. The 3DS has a 76 percent market share for the next generation handhelds, while the Vita has a 24 percent market share. Compared with ten weeks ago the all four handhelds are up.

The Top 100 can be seen below or click here to view the full chart.

Pos Game Weekly Total Week #
1
Gamewise
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360)
Activision, Shooter
1,239,686 7,449,821 2
2
Gamewise
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3)
Activision, Shooter
1,183,752 5,794,449 2
3
Gamewise
Kinect Adventures! (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Misc
615,283 17,929,022 108
4
Gamewise
Halo 4 (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Shooter
607,817 5,158,526 3
5
Gamewise
Just Dance 4 (Wii)
Ubisoft, Misc
569,302 1,596,466 8
6
Gamewise
Hitman: Absolution (PS3)
Square Enix, Action
501,081 501,081 1
7
Gamewise
Hitman: Absolution (X360)
Square Enix, Action
488,127 488,127 1
8
Gamewise
Assassin's Creed III (PS3)
Ubisoft, Action
471,345 2,840,396 4
9
Gamewise
Assassin's Creed III (X360)
Ubisoft, Action
402,324 2,689,597 4
10
Gamewise
New Super Mario Bros. U (WiiU)
Nintendo, Platform
372,169 372,169 1
11
Gamewise
Nintendo Land (WiiU)
Nintendo, Misc
352,625 352,625 1
12
Gamewise
Wii Sports (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
309,486 79,954,653 314
13
Gamewise
Kinect: Disneyland Adventures (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Misc
309,421 1,164,740 54
14
Gamewise
Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
292,268 30,467,183 179
15
Gamewise
Forza Motorsport 4 (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Racing
246,773 2,901,273 59
16
Gamewise
Assassin's Creed III (PC)
Ubisoft, Action
242,801 301,940 4
17
Gamewise
New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
232,928 3,513,560 18
18
Gamewise
Skylanders Giants (Wii)
Activision, Action
224,582 862,896 6
19
Gamewise
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
Nintendo, Simulation
221,609 1,160,909 3
20
Gamewise
Kinect Sports (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Sports
192,650 4,777,358 108
21
Gamewise
Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
183,997 7,145,493 56
22
Gamewise
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Fighting
176,580 176,580 1
23
Gamewise
Pokemon Black / White Version 2 (DS)
Nintendo, Role-Playing
169,175 5,220,715 23
24
Gamewise
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Action
167,862 5,106,955 56
25
Gamewise
FIFA 13 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Sports
163,027 4,704,392 9
26
Gamewise
Madden NFL 13 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Sports
156,105 1,638,501 13
27
Gamewise
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Wii)
Disney Interactive Studios, Platform
150,847 150,847 1
28
Gamewise
FIFA 13 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Sports
139,310 3,398,064 9
29
Gamewise
NBA 2K13 (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Sports
129,809 1,017,113 8
30
Gamewise
Madden NFL 13 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Sports
129,738 1,354,526 13
31 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth 3DS Nintendo Role-Playing 1
32 Call of Duty: Black Ops II PC Activision Shooter 2
33 Persona 4: The Golden PSV Atlus Role-Playing 24
34 Mario Kart 7 3DS Nintendo Racing 52
35 NBA 2K13 PS3 Take-Two Interactive Sports 8
36 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Action 163
37 ZombiU WiiU Ubisoft Shooter 1
38 Need for Speed: Most Wanted (a Criterion Game) PS3 Electronic Arts Racing 4
39 inFAMOUS PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Action 183
40 Assassin's Creed III: Liberation PSV Ubisoft Adventure 4
41 Uncharted: Drake's Fortune PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Action 263
42 inFAMOUS 2 PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Action 77
43 Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Sports 1
44 Mario Kart Wii Wii Nintendo Racing 242
45 Call of Duty: Black Ops II WiiU Activision Shooter 1
46 LEGO The Lord of the Rings X360 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Action 2
47 LEGO The Lord of the Rings PS3 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Action 2
48 Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified PSV Activision Shooter 2
49 Paper Mario: Sticker Star 3DS Nintendo Platform 2
50 Hitman: Absolution PC Square Enix Action 1
51 New Super Mario Bros. Wii Wii Nintendo Platform 158
52 WWE '13 X360 THQ Fighting 4
53 Dishonored X360 Bethesda Softworks Shooter 7
54 Resident Evil 6 PS3 Capcom Action 8
55 Gran Turismo 5 PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Racing 105
56 WWE '13 PS3 THQ Fighting 4
57 Assassin's Creed III WiiU Ubisoft Action 1
58 Just Dance 4 X360 Ubisoft Misc 8
59 Medal of Honor: Warfighter PS3 Electronic Arts Shooter 5
60 New Super Mario Bros. DS Nintendo Platform 341
61 Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two X360 Disney Interactive Studios Platform 1
62 Forza: Horizon X360 Microsoft Game Studios Racing 5
63 LEGO The Lord of the Rings Wii Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Action 2
64 Dishonored PS3 Bethesda Softworks Shooter 7
65 Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle 3DS Nintendo Adventure 92
66 Football Manager 2013 PC Sega Action 5
67 Borderlands 2 X360 Take-Two Interactive Shooter 10
68 LEGO Batman: The Videogame X360 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Adventure 218
69 Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two PS3 Disney Interactive Studios Platform 1
70 Resident Evil 6 X360 Capcom Action 8
71 Need for Speed: Most Wanted (a Criterion Game) X360 Electronic Arts Racing 4
72 NCAA Football 13 X360 Electronic Arts Sports 20
73 Medal of Honor: Warfighter X360 Electronic Arts Shooter 5
74 Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two WiiU Disney Interactive Studios Platform 1
75 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim X360 Bethesda Softworks Role-Playing 55
76 Nintendogs + cats 3DS Nintendo Simulation 92
77 Mario Party 9 Wii Nintendo Misc 39
78 Mario Kart DS DS Nintendo Racing 367
79 Madden NFL 13 Wii Electronic Arts Sports 13
80 Scribblenauts: Unlimited WiiU Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Puzzle 1
81 Batman: Arkham City PS3 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Action 58
82 Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed WiiU Sega Racing 1
83 Zumba Fitness Wii Majesco Entertainment Sports 106
84 PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PSV Sony Computer Entertainment Fighting 1
85 Skylanders Giants PS3 Activision Action 6
86 Skylanders Giants X360 Activision Action 6
87 Zumba Fitness 2 Wii Majesco Entertainment Sports 54
88 LittleBigPlanet Karting PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Racing 3
89 Borderlands 2 PS3 Take-Two Interactive Shooter 10
90 Dance Central 3 X360 Microsoft Game Studios Misc 6
91 Batman: Arkham City WiiU Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Action 1
92 Just Dance 3 Wii Ubisoft Misc 60
93 Super Mario Galaxy Wii Nintendo Platform 263
94 F1 2012 PS3 Codemasters Racing 10
95 Super Mario 64 DS DS Nintendo Platform 418
96 Kirby's Epic Yarn Wii Nintendo Platform 110
97 FIFA 13 Wii Electronic Arts Sports 9
98 Kinect Star Wars X360 Microsoft Game Studios Action 34
99 World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria PC Activision Role-Playing 9
100 Battlefield 3 PS3 Electronic Arts Shooter 57

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7 Comments

happydolphin (on 30 November 2012)

The trend for Nintendo SW sales is no good.


the_dengle (on 30 November 2012)

care to elaborate?


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happydolphin (on 30 November 2012)

Gladly. It looks like Wii end of lifecycle sales. The trend continuing is not good. Comparing this to the Wii's launch week, it's 150k weaker (can't post the link in comment, sorry).

Then, the fact that the Wii exploded in 2008,2009 and 2010, the brand is more powerful than it has ever been, Nintendo established the brand. So for sales to be weaker than Wii's launch numbers is not a good sign imho. That's all I was sayin'.

To be completely fair, the U is pricier and more of a luxury than the Wii, but that was included in the rationale of my comment.

HTH


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happydolphin (on 30 November 2012)

It should pick up though at least over the December weeks, as the Christmas rush barges in, so don't worry about it too much.


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the_dengle (on 30 November 2012)

Eh. Being a little bit weaker than the cultural phenomenon that was the Wii isn't too worrying in my opinion. Sales only look meh because expectations were so high; it took the PS3 7 weeks to hit 1.3 million software sales in the US. The 360 (despite its strong opening) didn't hit 1.3 first week, either.


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happydolphin (on 30 November 2012)

Of course, I was speaking relatively to the Wii. That goes without saying. It's not a matter of unrealistic expectations, it's a matter of using a reasonable benchmark (the predecessor). Nothing unusual here.


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SOLIDSNAKE08 (on 30 November 2012)

what a week!


zuvuyeay (on 01 December 2012)

welcome the WiiU


Kai Master (on 30 November 2012)

Top 10 multi-platform of the week (in thousands) : 1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II : 2.536m 2. Assassin's Creed III : 1.175m 3. Hitman: Absolution : 1.068m 4. Just Dance 4 : 662k 5. Halo 4 : 608k 6. FIFA 13 : 393k 7. New Super Mario Bros. U : 372k 8. Nintendo Land : 353k 9. Madden NFL 13 : 350k 0. Skylanders Giants : 325k


curl-6 (on 30 November 2012)

7th gen console hardware down year over year across the board, more evidence next gen is needed.


VGKing (on 30 November 2012)

Sony should discontinue the PSP in America, and dedicate all that shelf space to Vita instead. There are already Vita games at retail under $20. I think its time Sony introduces a Greatest Hits thing for Vita.


johnsobas (on 01 December 2012)

well obviously Sony doesn't control the shelf space of retailers. They can stop shipping PSPs but that doesn't mean PSvita is gonna get more space.


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pezus (on 30 November 2012)

It's weird to see an article that uses PS3+Vita numbers that are clearly off. I mean, there's another article right below this one that confirms it! lol So here goes nothing: Undertrackedz!!