Weekly Sales Analysis, 29 December - Holiday Period Ends, Sales Down

by William D'Angelo, posted on 07 January 2013 / 3,809 Views

Overview

Hardware sales decreased 38 percent this week to 2.5 million units, from 4.0 million units last week. Every platform is down this week, which is to be expected since it only two days were before Christmas. Year-on-year sales are up seven percent, but only due to the way Christmas fell the prior year. This year two days were before Christmas, while last year none were.

One game debuted in the top 30 this week. Fantasy Life (3DS) debuted at number 25 with sales of 125,948 units. The game launched in Japan.

Software milestones this week in the top 30: Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360) passed the 11 million mark; Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3) passed the nine million mark; New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS) passed the five million mark; Assassin’s Creed III (X360) passed the four million mark; Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS) passed the two million mark; and Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) passed the eight million mark.

Worldwide Hardware

Hardware

Hardware home console sales week on week are down across the board. PlayStation 3 sales are down 169,945 (-22%) to 599,500 units sold. Xbox 360 sales are down 384,863 (-48%) to 421,815 units sold. The Wii U sold 238,530 units, a decrease of 155,402 (-39%). The Wii sold 202,795 units, a decrease of 128,075 (-39%).

Handheld sales are down across the board week on week. The 3DS sold 665,304 units, which is down 435,075 (-40%) week on week. The PlayStation Vita is down 57,922 (-9%) to 144,498 units sold. The DS is down 120,145 (-46%) to 143,498 units sold. The PSP sold 84,803 units which is down 49,491 (-37%) compared to last week. Total week on week sales are down 1.50 million units (-38%) to 2.50 million units.

The PlayStation 3, 3DS and PlayStation Vita are up Year-on-Year. The PlayStation 3 is up 32,037 (6%), the Wii is down 167,006 (-45%), and the Xbox 360 is down 8,714 (-2%). The PSP is down 116,124 (-58%), the DS is down 19,471 (-12%), the Vita is up 92,715 (180%) and the 3DS is up 121,489 (22%). Year on year sales are up 173,456 units (7%).

Hardware Home Consoles

The PlayStation 3 has retaken the top spot for bestselling home console for the first time since the week ending December 1 and for the fourth time in 10 weeks. The Xbox 360 led for the other six weeks. The Xbox 360 has a 49 percent market share for the seventh generation; the PlayStation 3 has a 34 percent market share; and the Wii has a 17 percent market share. Compared with ten weeks ago all three home consoles (minus the Wii U) are up.

Hardware Handhelds

3DS hardware remains well above its rival, the PlayStation Vita, and every other handheld. The 3DS outsold the Vita by nearly 5 to 1. The 3DS has outsold its predecessor, the DS, by nearly 5 to 1. The PlayStation Vita has nearly outsold its predecessor, the PSP, by less than 2 to 1. The DS has a 63 percent market share this week for the seventh generation handhelds and the PSP has a 37 percent. The 3DS has an 82 percent market share for the eighth generation of handhelds, while the Vita has an 18 percent market share. Compared with ten weeks ago all four handhelds are up.

Worldwide Software

One game debuted in the top 30 this week. Fantasy Life (3DS) debuted at number 25 with sales of 125,948 units. The game launched in Japan.

Here are the other games in the top 10 that are not debuts: Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360) is at the top with sales of 447,173 units. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3) is at number two with sales of 433,305 units. Halo 4 (X360) is at number three with sales of 357,019. Just Dance 4 (Wii) is at number four with sales of 349,317. Far Cry 3 (X360) is at number five with sales of 282,236.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS) is at number six with sales of 253,838. FIFA Soccer 13 (PS3) is at number seven with sales of 243,423. Assassin’s Creed III (PS3) is at number eight with sales of 242,777. Kinect Adventures! (X360) is at number nine with sales of 216,358. Far Cry 3 (PS3) rounds out the top 10 with sales of 215,534.

Software

Software home console sales week on week are down across the board. The Xbox 360 sold the most games this week with sales of 5.71 million, a decrease of 4.01 million units (-31%).  The PlayStation 3 sold 5.01 million games this week, a decrease of 2.80 million units (-36%). Wii software sales are down 3.21 million units (-51%) to 3.08 million games sold. The Wii U sold 495,695 games, a decrease of 326,016 (-40%).

Handheld software sales week on week are down across the board. The 3DS sold 1.88 million games, which is down 1.51 million units (-45%). The DS sold 1.63 million games, a decrease of 1.47 million units (-47%) week on week. PSP game sales are down 408,497 units (-46%) to 477,769 games sold. The Vita sold 397,476 games, a decrease of 311,401 (-44%).  Total combined software is down 14.05 million units (-43%) week on week to 18.67 million.

Year on year software totals is up for the 3DS and PlayStation Vita and down for everything else. The PlayStation 3 is down 629,511 units (-11%), the Wii is down 2.08 million units (-40%) and the Xbox 360 is down 587,860 units (-9%). The DS is down 715,429 units (-31%), the PSP is down 439,802 units (-48%), the 3DS is up 193,595 units (11%), and the Vita is up 343,308 units. Total combined software is down a massive 3.43 million units (-15%) games sold year on year.

Software Home Consoles

Software sales after increasing for three straight weeks for the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii have dropped this week as the holiday period ends. The Xbox 360 has led for the eighth straight week and for the ninth time in 10 weeks. The PlayStation 3 led for the other week. 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 (minus the Wii U) are up.

Software Handhelds

The 3DS sold the most software for a handheld for the second week in a row. It has also led for five of the last 10 weeks. The DS led for the other five weeks. The DS has a 77 percent market share for the current generation handhelds and the PSP has a 23 percent market share. The 3DS has an 83 percent market share for the next generation handhelds, while the Vita has a 17 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
447,173 11,212,775 7
2
Gamewise
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3)
Activision, Shooter
433,305 9,219,827 7
3
Gamewise
Halo 4 (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Shooter
357,019 7,387,969 8
4
Gamewise
Just Dance 4 (Wii)
Ubisoft, Misc
349,317 4,933,647 13
5
Gamewise
Far Cry 3 (X360)
Ubisoft, Shooter
282,236 1,619,798 5
6
Gamewise
New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
253,838 5,170,231 23
7
Gamewise
FIFA Soccer 13 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Action
243,423 5,945,939 14
8
Gamewise
Assassin's Creed III (PS3)
Ubisoft, Action
242,777 4,625,003 9
9
Gamewise
Kinect Adventures! (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Misc
216,358 19,790,914 113
10
Gamewise
Far Cry 3 (PS3)
Ubisoft, Shooter
215,534 1,348,058 5
11
Gamewise
Assassin's Creed III (X360)
Ubisoft, Action
205,931 4,091,651 9
12
Gamewise
FIFA Soccer 13 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Action
187,813 4,353,158 14
13
Gamewise
New Super Mario Bros. U (WiiU)
Nintendo, Action
167,655 1,434,789 6
14
Gamewise
Nintendo Land (WiiU)
Nintendo, Action
158,704 1,581,330 6
15
Gamewise
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
Nintendo, Action
153,654 2,066,259 8
16
Gamewise
Need for Speed: Most Wanted - A Criterion Game (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Racing
144,344 1,495,326 9
17
Gamewise
Hitman: Absolution (X360)
Square Enix, Action
138,861 1,275,040 6
18
Gamewise
Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
Nintendo, Racing
137,088 7,457,564 57
19
Gamewise
Wii Sports (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
133,861 80,959,888 319
20
Gamewise
Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
130,699 8,025,862 61
21
Gamewise
Forza Motorsport 4 (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Racing
130,449 3,893,342 64
22
Gamewise
NBA 2K13 (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Action
126,793 1,809,815 13
23
Gamewise
Pokemon Black / White Version 2 (DS)
Nintendo, Role-Playing
126,650 6,137,091 28
24
Gamewise
Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS)
Nintendo, Action
126,605 1,128,094 7
25
Gamewise
Fantasy Life (3DS)
Unknown, Role-Playing
125,948 125,948 1
26
Gamewise
Hitman: Absolution (PS3)
Square Enix, Action
123,027 1,312,123 6
27
Gamewise
Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
116,013 31,343,938 184
28
Gamewise
Kinect: Disneyland Adventures (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Misc
104,988 2,141,723 59
29
Gamewise
Skylanders Giants (Wii)
Activision, Action
98,688 1,802,069 11
30
Gamewise
Kinect Sports (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Sports
96,116 5,516,633 113
31 Madden NFL 13 X360 Electronic Arts Sports 18
32 Forza: Horizon X360 Microsoft Game Studios Racing 10
33 Need for Speed: Most Wanted - A Criterion Game X360 Electronic Arts Racing 9
34 Just Dance 4 X360 Ubisoft Misc 13
35 New Super Mario Bros. Wii Wii Nintendo Platform 163
36 Mario Kart Wii Wii Nintendo Racing 247
37 NBA 2K13 PS3 Take-Two Interactive Action 13
38 Madden NFL 13 PS3 Electronic Arts Sports 18
39 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim X360 Bethesda Softworks Role-Playing 60
40 Gran Turismo 5 PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Racing 110
41 Mario Party 9 Wii Nintendo Misc 44
42 Football Manager 2013 PC Sega Action 10
43 Borderlands 2 X360 Take-Two Interactive Shooter 15
44 One Piece: Romance Dawn - Bouken no Yoake PSP Namco Bandai Games Fighting 2
45 WWE '13 PS3 THQ Action 9
46 WWE '13 X360 THQ Action 9
47 Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Wii Disney Interactive Studios Action 6
48 Dishonored X360 Bethesda Softworks Shooter 12
49 Assassin's Creed III: Liberation PSV Ubisoft Action 9
50 LEGO The Lord of the Rings X360 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Action 7
51 Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 PS3 Tecmo Koei Fighting 2
52 Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone 3DS Level 5 Sports 3
53 Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two X360 Disney Interactive Studios Action 6
54 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Action 61
55 Zumba Fitness Wii Majesco Entertainment Sports 111
56 Far Cry 3 PC Ubisoft Shooter 5
57 The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series X360 Telltale Games Adventure 3
58 Medal of Honor: Warfighter PS3 Electronic Arts Shooter 10
59 Book of Spells PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Action 7
60 Call of Duty: Black Ops II PC Activision Shooter 7
61 Nintendogs + cats 3DS Nintendo Simulation 97
62 Batman: Arkham City PS3 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Action 63
63 New Super Mario Bros. DS Nintendo Platform 346
64 Medal of Honor: Warfighter X360 Electronic Arts Shooter 10
65 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim PS3 Bethesda Softworks Role-Playing 60
66 Super Mario Galaxy Wii Nintendo Platform 268
67 Resident Evil 6 PS3 Capcom Action 13
68 Dance Central 3 X360 Microsoft Game Studios Misc 11
69 Dishonored PS3 Bethesda Softworks Shooter 12
70 Resident Evil 6 X360 Capcom Action 13
71 LEGO The Lord of the Rings Wii Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Action 7
72 Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified PSV Activision Action 7
73 Borderlands 2 PS3 Take-Two Interactive Shooter 15
74 Battlefield 3 PS3 Electronic Arts Shooter 62
75 LEGO The Lord of the Rings PS3 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Action 7
76 Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle 3DS Nintendo Adventure 97
77 Kinect Star Wars X360 Microsoft Game Studios Action 39
78 Batman: Arkham City X360 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Action 63
79 PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Action 6
80 Zumba Fitness 2 Wii Majesco Entertainment Sports 59
81 Battlefield 3 X360 Electronic Arts Shooter 62
82 World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria PC Activision Role-Playing 14
83 Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition Wii Namco Bandai Games Misc 5
84 Yakuza 5 PS3 Sega Action 4
85 Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed X360 Sega Action 7
86 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim PC Bethesda Softworks Role-Playing 60
87 LittleBigPlanet Karting PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Action 8
88 FIFA Soccer 13 Wii Electronic Arts Action 14
89 Red Dead Redemption PS3 Take-Two Interactive Action 137
90 Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two PS3 Disney Interactive Studios Action 6
91 Diablo III PC Activision Role-Playing 33
92 Mario Kart DS DS Nintendo Racing 372
93 Guild Wars 2 PC NCSoft Role-Playing 18
94 Dead Island X360 Deep Silver Action 69
95 Grand Theft Auto IV X360 Take-Two Interactive Action 244
96 Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 PS3 Konami Digital Entertainment Sports 15
97 Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Wii Sega Sports 59
98 Assassin's Creed III PC Ubisoft Action 9
99 LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars X360 LucasArts Action 93
100 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity 3DS Nintendo Role-Playing 6

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4 Comments

Kizmi (on 07 January 2013)

Halo 4 sales looks awesome! It sold 300k more in 2012 than Reach did in 2010 even if Halo 4 came out in November, while Reach came out in September.


ganoncrotch (on 07 January 2013)

Nice to see the Vita pushing some decent enough numbers now it's actually almost in line with how the PSP compared with the DS last gen this time, odd that just 2 Vita games in the top 100 tho maybe people just picking them up and subbing to psn+ for the instant games collection.


Michael-5 (on 07 January 2013)

LOL PS3 and 3DS are up YoY because of the extra day before Christmas shopping included in this years weekly sales over last. Bit disappointed with 3DS sales this fall.


man-bear-pig (on 07 January 2013)

Wow...the PS3 is up YOY this week. :o Oh yeah, and amazing Halo 4 #'s. 7.4m in 8 weeks!