Weekly Sales Analysis, 1 December - Wii U Launches in Europe

by William D'Angelo, posted on 09 December 2012 / 9,819 Views

Overview

The Wii U was released in Europe this week, while it is in its second week on sale in North America.  Hardware sales have dropped by a third this week, which is typical the week following Black Friday. Year on year sales are down 18 percent, despite the added sales of the Wii U and PlayStation Vita.

Four games debuted in the top 30 this week. Dai-2-Ji Super Robot Taisen OG (PS3) debuted at number nine with sales of 215,426. Other debuts include Far Cry 3 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney (3DS), and Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition (Wii).

Software milestones this week in the top 30: Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360) passed the eight million mark; Just Dance 4 (Wii) passed the two million mark; Kinect Adventures! (X360) passed the 18 million mark; Assassin’s Creed III (PS3) passed the three million mark; Skylanders Giants (Wii) passed the one million mark; Forza Motorsport 4 (X360) passed the three million mark; and Wii Sports passed the 80 million mark.

Worldwide Hardware

Hardware

Hardware home console sales week on week are down across the board. Xbox 360 sales are down 461,930 (-46%) to 534,911 units sold. PlayStation 3 sales are down 237,321 (-32%) to 515,016 units sold. The Wii U sold 325,462 units, a decrease of 136,637 (-30%). The Wii sold 215,349 units, which is down 172,114 (-44%).

Handheld sales are down across the board week on week. The 3DS sold 504,822 units, which is down 110,305 (-55%) week on week. The PlayStation Vita is down 71,788 (-34%) to 137,853 units sold. The DS is down 181,548 (-55%) to 151,331 units sold. The PSP sold 43,809 units which is down 8,679 (-27%) compared to last week. Total week on week sales are down 1.38 million (-36%) to 2.43 million units.

No platforms were up year-over-year. The PlayStation 3 is down 37,614 (-7%), the Wii is down 325,456 (-60%), and the Xbox 360 is down 131,913 (-20%). The PSP is down 123,345 (-74%), the DS is down 101,859 (-40%) and the 3DS is down 289,935 (-36%). Year on year sales are down 546,807 units (-18%).

Hardware Home Consoles

The Xbox 360 has outsold the PlayStation 3 for the fifth time in 2012 and for the fourth week in a row. The Wii U launched in Europe, though it was only available for two days. The Xbox 360 has a 42 percent market share for the seventh generation; the PlayStation 3 has a 41 percent market share; and the Wii has a 17 percent market share. Compared with ten weeks ago all three home consoles are up.

Hardware Handhelds

3DS hardware remains well above its rival, the PlayStation Vita, outselling it by nearly four to 1. The 3DS has outsold its predecessor, the DS, by more than 3 to 1. The PlayStation Vita has nearly outsold its predecessor, the PSP, by more than 3 to 1. The DS has a 78 percent market share this week for the seventh generation handhelds and the PSP has a 22 percent. The 3DS has a 79 percent market share for the eighth generation of handhelds, while the Vita has a 21 percent market share. Compared with ten weeks ago the 3DS, DS, and Vita are up, while the PSP is down.

Worldwide Software

Four games debuted in the top 30 this week. Dai-2-Ji Super Robot Taisen OG (PS3) debuted at number nine with sales of 215,426. The game launched in Japan.

Far Cry 3 (PS3) debuted at number 10 with sales of 213,105. The Xbox 360 version debuted at number 14. The game launched in Europe and will release in North America on December 4.

Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney (3DS) debuted at number 23 with sales of 131,633. The game launched in Japan.

Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition (Wii) debuted at number 30 with sales of 111,445.

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 760,935 units. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3) is at number two with sales of 654,449 units. Just Dance 4 (Wii) is at number three with sales of 518,154. Halo 4 (X360) is at number four with sales of 358,373. Kinect Adventures (X360) is at number five with sales of 339,909.

Assassin’s Creed III (PS3) is at number six with sales of 326,239. Assassin’s Creed III (X360) is at number seven with sales of 256,920. Nintendo Land (WiiU) is at number eight with sales of 235,797.

Software

Week on week software sales for home consoles are up for the Wii, and down for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U. The Xbox 360 sold the most games this week with sales of 6.68 million, a decrease of 1.01 million (-24%).  The PlayStation 3 sold 6.10 million games this week, a decrease of 420,852 (-6%). Wii software sales are up 37,339 (1%) to 3.95 million games sold. The Wii U sold 695,779 games, a decrease of 541,657.

Handheld software sales week on week are up for the DS and PSP, and down for the 3DS and Vita. The DS sold 2.17 million games, an increase of 278,149 games (15%) week on week. The 3DS sold 1.64 million games, which is up 103,944 (26%).  PSP game sales are up 103,944 (26%) to 502,913 games sold.  The Vita sold 487,926 games, a decrease of 61,416 (-11%). Total combined software is down 1.75 million units (-7%) week on week to 22.23 million.

Year on year software totals are up for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and down for everything else. The PlayStation 3 is up 120,967 (2%), the Wii is down 1.82 million units (-31%) and the Xbox 360 is up 332,549 units (5%). The DS is down 909,031 units (-30%), the PSP is down 336,711 units (-40%) and the 3DS is down 259,515 units (-14%). Total combined software is down 1.68 million units (-7%) games sold year on year.

Software Home Consoles

Software sales have decreased for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for a second straight week, following the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops II two weeks ago and Black Friday last week. The Xbox 360 has led for the fourth straight week and for the fifth time in 10 weeks. The PlayStation 3 led for the other five weeks. The Xbox 360 has a 40 percent market share, the PlayStation 3 with 36 percent, and the Wii with 24 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 81 percent market share for the current generation handhelds and the PSP has a 19 percent market share. The 3DS has a 77 percent market share for the next generation handhelds, while the Vita has a 23 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
760,935 8,482,191 3
2
Gamewise
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3)
Activision, Shooter
654,449 6,778,193 3
3
Gamewise
Just Dance 4 (Wii)
Ubisoft, Misc
518,154 2,114,620 9
4
Gamewise
Halo 4 (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Shooter
358,373 5,516,899 4
5
Gamewise
Kinect Adventures! (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Misc
339,909 18,268,931 109
6
Gamewise
Assassin's Creed III (PS3)
Ubisoft, Action
326,239 3,190,165 5
7
Gamewise
Assassin's Creed III (X360)
Ubisoft, Action
256,920 2,946,517 5
8
Gamewise
Nintendo Land (WiiU)
Nintendo, Misc
235,797 616,631 2
9
Gamewise
Dai-2-Ji Super Robot Taisen OG (PS3)
Namco Bandai Games, Strategy
215,426 215,426 1
10
Gamewise
Far Cry 3 (PS3)
Ubisoft, Shooter
213,105 213,105 1
11
Gamewise
New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
209,902 3,723,462 19
12
Gamewise
Kinect: Disneyland Adventures (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Misc
193,175 1,357,915 55
13
Gamewise
Skylanders Giants (Wii)
Activision, Action
184,262 1,047,158 7
14
Gamewise
Far Cry 3 (X360)
Ubisoft, Shooter
184,192 184,192 1
15
Gamewise
New Super Mario Bros. U (WiiU)
Nintendo, Platform
178,305 491,651 2
16
Gamewise
Forza Motorsport 4 (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Racing
176,443 3,077,716 60
17
Gamewise
FIFA 13 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Sports
174,595 4,878,987 10
18
Gamewise
Hitman: Absolution (PS3)
Square Enix, Action
149,305 650,386 2
19
Gamewise
FIFA 13 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Sports
149,279 3,547,343 10
20
Gamewise
Wii Sports (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
148,541 80,103,194 315
21
Gamewise
Pokemon Black / White Version 2 (DS)
Nintendo, Role-Playing
134,495 5,355,210 24
22
Gamewise
Madden NFL 13 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Sports
132,766 1,771,387 14
23
Gamewise
Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney (3DS)
Level 5, Adventure
131,633 131,633 1
24
Gamewise
Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
131,281 30,598,527 180
25
Gamewise
Kinect Sports (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Sports
128,681 4,906,039 109
26
Gamewise
Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
128,246 7,273,739 57
27
Gamewise
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (a Criterion Game) (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Racing
128,123 742,501 5
28
Gamewise
Hitman: Absolution (X360)
Square Enix, Action
126,636 614,763 2
29
Gamewise
NBA 2K13 (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Sports
114,122 1,131,294 9
30
Gamewise
Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition (Wii)
Namco Bandai Games, Misc
111,445 111,445 1
31 Madden NFL 13 PS3 Electronic Arts Sports 14
32 Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS Nintendo Simulation 4
33 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Action 57
34 NBA 2K13 PS3 Take-Two Interactive Sports 9
35 Mario Kart 7 3DS Nintendo Racing 53
36 Far Cry 3 PC Ubisoft Shooter 1
37 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim X360 Bethesda Softworks Role-Playing 56
38 Dishonored X360 Bethesda Softworks Shooter 8
39 ZombiU WiiU Ubisoft Shooter 2
40 Gran Turismo 5 PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Racing 106
41 Assassin's Creed III: Liberation PSV Ubisoft Adventure 5
42 Mario Kart Wii Wii Nintendo Racing 243
43 Dishonored PS3 Bethesda Softworks Shooter 8
44 Forza: Horizon X360 Microsoft Game Studios Racing 6
45 Need for Speed: Most Wanted (a Criterion Game) X360 Electronic Arts Racing 5
46 Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Wii Disney Interactive Studios Platform 2
47 Borderlands 2 X360 Take-Two Interactive Shooter 11
48 WWE '13 X360 THQ Fighting 5
49 New Super Mario Bros. Wii Wii Nintendo Platform 159
50 Just Dance 4 X360 Ubisoft Misc 9
51 Assassin's Creed III PC Ubisoft Action 5
52 Batman: Arkham City PS3 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Action 59
53 LEGO The Lord of the Rings X360 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Action 3
54 Dance Central 3 X360 Microsoft Game Studios Misc 7
55 Football Manager 2013 PC Sega Action 6
56 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Action 164
57 WWE '13 PS3 THQ Fighting 5
58 F1 2012 PS3 Codemasters Racing 11
59 Uncharted: Drake's Fortune PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Action 264
60 LEGO The Lord of the Rings PS3 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Action 3
61 Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 PS3 Konami Digital Entertainment Sports 11
62 inFAMOUS PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Action 184
63 Resident Evil 6 PS3 Capcom Action 9
64 inFAMOUS 2 PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Action 78
65 Borderlands 2 PS3 Take-Two Interactive Shooter 11
66 Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle 3DS Nintendo Adventure 93
67 LEGO The Lord of the Rings Wii Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Action 3
68 Call of Duty: Black Ops II PC Activision Shooter 3
69 LEGO Batman: The Videogame X360 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Adventure 219
70 Zumba Fitness Wii Majesco Entertainment Sports 107
71 uDraw Studio Wii THQ Misc 107
72 Mario Party 9 Wii Nintendo Misc 40
73 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth 3DS Nintendo Role-Playing 2
74 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim PS3 Bethesda Softworks Role-Playing 56
75 Medal of Honor: Warfighter PS3 Electronic Arts Shooter 6
76 Nintendogs + cats 3DS Nintendo Simulation 93
77 Resident Evil 6 X360 Capcom Action 9
78 Book of Spells PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Action 3
79 World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria PC Activision Role-Playing 10
80 Medal of Honor: Warfighter X360 Electronic Arts Shooter 6
81 New Super Mario Bros. DS Nintendo Platform 342
82 Just Dance 3 Wii Ubisoft Misc 61
83 Skylanders Giants X360 Activision Action 7
84 Red Dead Redemption PS3 Take-Two Interactive Action 133
85 Batman: Arkham City X360 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Action 59
86 LittleBigPlanet Karting PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Racing 4
87 Kinect Star Wars X360 Microsoft Game Studios Action 35
88 LEGO Battles: Ninjago DS Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Strategy 86
89 LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes X360 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Adventure 24
90 Battlefield 3 PS3 Electronic Arts Shooter 58
91 NCAA Football 13 X360 Electronic Arts Sports 21
92 Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified PSV Activision Shooter 3
93 Paper Mario: Sticker Star 3DS Nintendo Platform 3
94 Skylanders Giants PS3 Activision Action 7
95 FIFA 13 Wii Electronic Arts Sports 10
96 Super Mario Galaxy Wii Nintendo Platform 264
97 Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Sports 2
98 Forza Motorsport 3 X360 Microsoft Game Studios Racing 163
99 Diablo III PC Activision Role-Playing 29
100 PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Fighting 2

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5 Comments

kumagawa (on 10 December 2012)

LOL only PS3 and 360 game sales are up year on year! go home consoles!


Zappykins (on 10 December 2012)

Wow, I had no idea Kinect Sports was approaching 5 million. And look at little old Disneyland Adventures at number 12 - a great game for kids and people that still remember being one.


Mazty (on 10 December 2012)

That's really miserable performance from a new console.


kumagawa (on 10 December 2012)

3DS down 290,000 year on year already ouch!


the_dengle (on 10 December 2012)

Is it any wonder? This week last year saw the release of Mario Kart 7.


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spurgeonryan (on 09 December 2012)

Nintendo has got to let the DS die unless they are hoping to eventually beat the ps2. Top system of all time would be a nice prize.


the_dengle (on 10 December 2012)

Or they could just continue letting it print money for them. 3DS isn't doing so badly that a change of strategy is necessary.


  • +1
acdcste (on 10 December 2012)

I agree. Whilst the ds might be hurting 3ds growth a little in the us, its still making money on each unit sold. Nintendo basically are selling a ton of handhelds and consoles each week when the four are added up.


  • +4