Weekly Sales Analysis, 29 January 2011 - Dead Space 2 Debuts - News

by William D'Angelo, posted on 04 February 2011 / 5,728 Views

Overview – Hardware is beginning to level out as sales are either flat week on week (X360) or at most drops 9% (DS). The PS3, Wii, and X360 are over 200,000 and the DS and PSP are over 100,000. For hardware milestones this week the DS reaches the 145 million mark. When it comes to software milestones, ordered in their position this week: LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3) passes the 500,000 mark, Kinect Adventures! (X360) reaches 8 million, Wii Fit Plus passes 28 million, Wii Party reaches 5 million, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (PS3) reaches 3 million, and New Super Mario Bros. (DS) passes 25 million. No games sold over 500,000, the top three sold over 200,000, the top nine sold over 100,000 and the top 27 sold over 50,000.


Worldwide Hardware – Week on week sales decline slightly for all platforms except for the Xbox 360 which is flat. Only 6,000 separates the three home consoles the same gap as last week however the order they are in are different. The Xbox 360 went from being tied for second to first, the Wii went from first to second and the PlayStation 3 went from tied for second to third. The Xbox 360 is this week’s top platform with sales of 215,000, an increase of just 1,000 (0%). The Wii this week is the second bestselling platform with sales of 213,000, a decrease of 7,000 (-3%). The PlayStation 3 is down 5,000 (-5%) with sales of 209,000. The DS sold 199,000, a decrease of 19,000 (-9%), the biggest drop this week. The PSP is down 7,000 (-6%) with sales of 124,000. Total sales are down 37,000 (-4%) to 950,000.

Year on year sales are up for the Xbox 360 and down for every other platform. The Xbox 360 has seen an increase of 20,000 (10%). The PlayStation 3 has the smallest drop, down 34,000 (-14%). The DS drops 129,000 (-39%) as the release of the 3DS is only three weeks away in Japan and seven weeks away in America and EMEAA. The Wii with the biggest drop is down 135,000 (-39%) year on year and the PSP is down 65,000 (-36%).  Total sales are down 343,000 (-27%) compared to one year ago.

Last 10 Weeks

With a drop for a fourth straight week sales for the PlayStation 3 are equal to 18 weeks ago, the Wii 13 weeks ago, and the Xbox 360 also 13 weeks ago.  Sales have become so close that they are now statistically tied with only 6,000 separating them. This is for the second straight week as sales were adjusted slightly last week as new data came in. before that the Wii was in first for nine straight weeks, the PlayStation 3 was in second for three weeks and third for five weeks, and the Xbox was in second for five weeks and third for three weeks.

Last 10 Weeks

With the release of the 3DS right around the corner and making handheld sales more interesting, it is about time to have a chart for handhelds that show the last 10 weeks of sales. The DS has been ahead of the PSP for the majority of their lifespan. During the holidays the Wii was over 1 million for five weeks while the PSP was only over 500,000 three times.

Worldwide Software – Seven games debuted in the top 50 this week, up from four the previous week. Dead Space 2 (X360) debuts at the top with sales of 361,000, a big increase over the original game, which sold 223,000 in its first week. The PlayStation 3 version is at number two with sales of 295,000 again another big increase over the original game which sold 170,000. The PC version debuts at number 38 with sales of 34,000. The game launched in America and EMEAA, with no planned release in Japan.

The Last Story (Wii) debuts at number seven with sales of 119,000. The game launched in Japan while there is no plan for a release in America or EMEAA.

Valkyria Chronicles III: Unrecorded Chronicles (PSP) debuts at number nine with sales of 101,000. The game launched in Japan, with no release date yet in America and no plan for a release in EMEAA.

Two Worlds (X360) debuts at number 11 with sales of 98,000. The PlayStation 3 version debuts at number 16 with sales of 67,000. The game launched in America with a release in Japan on 17 February and 25 February in EMEAA.

Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii wake ga Nai Portable (PSP) debuts at number 12 with sales of 92,000. The game launched in Japan with no planned release in America or EMEAA.

Kenka Banchou 5: Otoko no Housoku (PSP) debuts at number 17 with sales of 62,000. The game debuted in Japan with no planned release in America or EMEAA.

Toaru Majutsu no Index (PSP) debuted at number 21 with sale of 55,000. The game launched in Japan with no planned release in America or EMEAA.

Other games in the top 10 that are not debuts include LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3) at number three with sales of 211,000. Kinect Adventures! (X360) is at number four with sales of 188,000. Wii Sports is at number five with sales of 184,000.

Wii Sports Resort is at number six with sales of 134,000. Just Dance 2 (Wii) is at number eight with sales of 101,000. Wii Fit Plus rounds out the top ten with sales of 100,000.


Week on week software totals are up for the X360 and PSP and down for the PS3, Wii, and DS. The PSP increases 196,000 (30%) to 847,000. The Xbox 360 increases 307,000 (15%) to 2.33 million. The PS3 drops 120,000 (-5%) to 2.25 million. The Wii drops 83,000 (-3%) to 2.58 million games sold and the DS drops 147,000 (-9%) to 1.44 million.

Year on year software total are up for the PS3 and PSP, while the Wii, DS and X360 see decreases. The PlayStation 3 sees the greatest gain up 432,000 (24%), while the PSP is up 196,000 (60%).  The Wii is down 573,000 (-18%) and the DS is down 1.01 million (-41%). Last but not least the X360 is down 67,000 (-3%).

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MetalGamer (on 05 February 2011)

Wii almost out of top 5. DS almost out of top 30. Game over for Nintendo's current consoles.

postofficebuddy (on 05 February 2011)

@NintendoGamer, Depends on which region you're talking about. For the west you're probably right but I really can't see a Wii successor any later than early to mid 2012 in Japan. OT, Good sales this week. All three consoles are so close, in terms of both HW and SW. The DS software economy is really starting to dry up quite fast, understandably so though. PS3 smashing its YOY software totals.

Nintendogamer (on 05 February 2011)

When do you expect a successor to Wii? I think from late 2012 to early 2013.

zuvuyeay (on 05 February 2011)

more graphs woot,new handheld can br added soon

Michael-5 (on 05 February 2011)

I realized earlier, that this week is the first week the 360 has been on top without exclusive software or hardware to boost it's sales. Yes Dead Space 2 is a big game, but it boosts both 360 and PS3 sales. In, 360 had Kinect, Halo, and the Slim 360 to put it at number 1, and before that Wii was too strong selling of a console. I feel thing marks the beginning of the HD consoles reign of power. Only a matter of time before A Wii successor.

Beuli2 (on 05 February 2011)

The next company that makes any major move will dominate hardware it seems.

*ZoMb!e* (on 05 February 2011)

Will sony release new MOVE compatible games already! I mean games that were intended to be played through move only! Not games like Killzone 3 that also support Move!

AussieGecko (on 05 February 2011)

It will be interesting to see how long Kinect boost lasts for 360 in the US