Overview – Gran Turismo 5 (PS3) is this week’s top debut with sales of over 2 million. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) is the other big debut this week with sales of over 500,000. It is a strong week as Black Friday one of the busiest shopping days in the United States of the year was this week. Sales are up significantly across the board as three platforms saw sales more than double. Two games sold over 1 million, the top ten sold over 500,000 and the top 37 sold over 100,000.
Worldwide Hardware – Week on week sales see huge increases this week across the board due to Black Friday. Two platforms saw sales pass the 1 million mark, two platforms passed the 800,000 mark and the last one reached the 300,000 mark. The DS saw the biggest increase this week with sales of 1.4 million. This is an increase of 825,000 or 134%. The PS3 saw the second greatest gain by percent this week at 109%. This is an increase of 418,000 to 803,000. The X360 with the third greatest gain by percent this week saw an increase of 102%. This is an increase of 426,000 to 845,000. The Wii saw an increase of 513,000 or 87%, for sales of 1.1 million this week. The PSP increased 63,000 or 27% for sales of 300,000 this week.
Year on year sales improve this week when compared to the last few months. The X360 continues to the biggest gainer year on year with an increase of 305,000 or 56%. The PS3 for the first time since the one year anniversary of the PS3 Slim release is up year on year, 25,000 or 3%. The Wii is almost flat, down slightly 25,000 or 2%. The DS is down 212,000 or 13% and the PSP is down 80,000 or 21%.
Sales as usual see huge gains this week due to Black Friday sales. Each home console is up this week between four to six times their sales from ten weeks ago. Total home console sales from ten weeks ago were 541,000 and this week they are 2,752,000, a fivefold increase. After taking four weeks (October 23 to November 13) to double their sales from roughly 200,000 to 400,000, sales doubled this week for the X360 and PS3 and nearly doubled for the Wii. Over the course of the last ten weeks the Wii has lead the last two weeks (November 20 and November 27), the X360 the previous two weeks (November 6 and November 13) and the PS3 the six weeks before that (September 25 to October 30).
Worldwide Software – Five games debuted in the top 50. Gran Turismo 5 (PS3) is this week’s top debut. The game debuted worldwide with sales of 2.1 million. For the breakdown by region, the game sold 1.2 million in EMEAA, 473,000 in America and 425,000 in Japan. This is a decrease of 16% compared to Gran Turismo 4 which went on to sell 10.4 million copies. However sales were much higher in America and Japan for Gran Turismo 4 than Gran Turismo 5, but having said that sales are higher in EMEAA for Gran Turismo 5.
Other debuts in the top 50 include Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) at number six with sales of 554,000 in America. The game is scheduled to be released on December 3 in EMEAA and December 9 in Japan. The last game in the series Donkey Kong Country 3 (GBA) was released 5 years ago in November 2005.
Michael Jackson: The Experience Sales (Wii) debuts at number 15 with sales of 256,000. The game in America sold 222,000 and sold 34,000 in EMEAA. The game currently has no release date in Japan. The game also debuted for the DS with sales of 16,000 and the PSP with sales of 5,000. The game will be released for the X360 controller free motion Kinect and the PS3 motion controller Move, but currently has no release date for either platform.
Super Robot Taisen L (DS) debuts at number 31 with sales of 125,000. The game was released only Japan and will not be released anywhere else in the world. The last game in the series Mugen no Frontier: Super Robot Taisen OG Saga EXCEED (DS) was released last February with first week sales of 72,000 and total sales of 103,000.
Mario Sports Mix (Wii) debuts at number 41 with sales of 87,000. The game debuted in Japan and will be released in America on January 25 and EMEAA on January 28.
Other games in the top 10 that are not debuts include Wii Sports at number two with sales of 1 million. Kinect Adventures! (X360) at number three with sales of 862,000 as the game passes the 2 million mark. Call of Duty: Black Ops (X360) is at number four with sales of 696,000 as the game reaches the 7 million mark. New Super Mario Bros. Wii is at number five with sales of 621,000 as the game passes the 17 million mark. Wii Sports Resort is at number seven with sales of 549,000. Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3) is at number eight with sales of 537,000 as the game passes the 5 million mark. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is at number nine for the X360 with sales of 619,000 and at number ten for the PS3 with sales of 509,000.
Week on week software totals increase across the board. Wii software increased to 9.8 million from 5.7 million last week, a 71% increase. The DS increased to 5.1 million from 3.4 million last week, a 50% increase. PS3 software increased to 7 million from 4.4 million last week, a 57% increase. The X360 increased to 6.4 million from 5.7 million last week, an increase of 13%.The PSP increased 1.3 million from 1 million last week, a 28% increase.
Year on year software totals are up for the home consoles and down for the handhelds. The PS3 increased 3 million or 57%, the Wii increased 900,000 or 10% and the X360 increased 1.3 million or 25%. The DS decreased 1 million or 15% and the PSP decreased 400,000 or 24%.
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