Weekly Sales Analysis, 27 November 2010 - Gran Turismo 5 Debuts

by William D'Angelo, posted on 03 December 2010 / 6,495 Views

OverviewGran 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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aznable (on 05 December 2010)

GT5 is irrilevant at best in the US; opened in the most profitable week of the year with 100k+ copies more than killzone 2 which have launched with the half of installed base in february. -300k compared with god of war 3 which launched in march


XxXProphecyXxX (on 05 December 2010)

SO you love making fun of ppl that were WRONG yet your 1.2m first week is way off as well and you dont even bring up the fact that you were wrong too? NICE..... like I said I think your better off shutting your mouth your no mr.perfect your self just look @ your fail 1.2m first week prediction.


Killiana1a (on 05 December 2010)

XxXProphecyXxX, I was referring to the thread where many predicted Sony to outsell Microsoft in hardware during the first week's release. Funny how you have not found that yet, but drag up stuff I was clearly saying just to mess with people so that they screed. I love screed and punctuation marks because it hits home just like wearing a fur scarf around a bleeding heart member of PETA. As for my low-ball messing with Sony users GT5 prediction, you need to dig some more as I was clearly just intending pushing buttons with that figure. Later in that same thread I predicted 1.2m first week and around 9.5 million LTD.


LivingMetal (on 05 December 2010)

XxXProphecyXxX 1, Killiana1a 0


thedaftman (on 04 December 2010)

I'm shocked that the PS3 didnt outsell the 360 and the Wii. We all have to be wrong sometime better luck next year champ.


XxXProphecyXxX (on 04 December 2010)

@Rawnchie Nah click the link, he even stated 4m life time and BELOW 1m first week.


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Rawnchie14 (on 04 December 2010)

@ XxXProphecyXxX Pretty sure Killian referred to US only, since pre-orders are US only that he mentioned in his quote. In the US - he was MORE than correct, where GT5 scraped out 450k. Don't worry, Others will ensure that GT5 is not a disappointment in the slightest, but don't go preaching about how this is satisfactory for Sony. There's no chance they saw this kind of reaction to GT5 from NA.


Kratos_36 (on 04 December 2010)

Urgh , Sony sucks so badly at advertising and PR. No wonder GT5 doesn't sell like it could with this last moment release date and almost no advertising. All their big franchises have been used for now except the Team Ico project. Let's hope they do it better then...


ninty_shareholder64 (on 04 December 2010)

I won't count Epic Mickey out in EMMA. It could very well do 1 million in EMMA alone until 2010 ends, imo. But well, we will see.


trunkswd (on 04 December 2010)

@People wondering where Epic Mickey is. It only debuted in EMEAA for this chart. It sold 23,000 there. The majority of sales for this game will come in America where Mickey is huge.


Beuli2 (on 04 December 2010)

Nomnonmonmnom... NSMB Wii keeps eating the chart...next week it'll top 18 million and after two weeks more 19 million...


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XxXProphecyXxX (on 04 December 2010)

Found it. "As of the latest preorder charts, GT5 is at 260,000 total. No way it breaks the 1 million mark it's first weekend unless it magically adds another 100,000-200,000 preorder between now and Black Friday." http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=3760443 I think you better off shutting you mouth since you were far off on GT5 sales compared to the average prediction of PS3 owners which is 2.6m in the official prediction thread. seriously wont break 1m? LULZ!


XxXProphecyXxX (on 04 December 2010)

@killian Weren't you one of those saying GT5 wont even break 1m first week? I'll find your post.


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Killiana1a (on 04 December 2010)

Where is that thread where many predicted the PS3 hardware to top 360 hardware during the first couple weeks of Gran Turismo 5's release? Yeah...Pretty quiet around here. That lovely quiet like a song to someone ear's of others being dead wrong.


NotStan (on 04 December 2010)

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pezus (on 04 December 2010)

@Baalzamon: I didn't say it was doomed, I said it's "domed". There's a difference, you see ;)


kingofwale (on 04 December 2010)

no Epic Mickey??? how fall it has fallen!


Killiana1a (on 04 December 2010)

Numbers aside, I am looking at the data and a few questions come to mind: 1. If GT5 could not push PS3 to outsell the 360 in it's first week, then what does this say about GT5's legs? Is it going to be one of those games who sells 4 to 5 million in the first month then spends the next year crawling to 6 to 7 million? 2. Can it get any better for the Wii before Christmas 2010? Or was Black Friday the big get me up with each following week deflating like a balloon? 3. How will 360 numbers hold come the 1st of January 2011? Will Microsoft still heavily advertise Kinect after the big buying season is over? Will a lack of a sustained advertising campaign for Kinect drops it's numbers faster than the Titanic?


Silver-Tiger (on 04 December 2010)

So not even with GT5 PS3 was able to outsell X360 this week. I'm surprised.


Baalzamon (on 04 December 2010)

@pezus: how is psp doomed? Guaranteed it has made a LOT of money for playstation.


stopstopp (on 03 December 2010)

lol at software, it is so screwed up this week.


pezus (on 03 December 2010)

Amazing that the PS3 sold more software the week before BF this year than it did in BF week in 2009! Amazing numbers for everyone (except PSP :|)! No console is domed for now (except PSP).