Weekly Sales Analysis, 24 December 2011 - Peak Week of 2011 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 31 December 2011 / 5,681 Views

Overview

First off, Happy New Year VGChartz! Video game sales are at their peak, due to it being the last week before Christmas. Sales will drop next week and for several more weeks because the holiday season has ended. Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC) is the biggest debut this week with sales of 1.68 million. PlayStation Vita sales fell by two thirds in its second week on sales in Japan.

Software milestones this week in the top 20: Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC) flies by the one million mark in its opening week;  Just Dance 3 (Wii) passes the six million mark; Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) flies by the four million mark; Mario Kart 7 (3DS) passes four million sold; Kinect Adventures! (X360) flies by the 14 million mark; Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (X360) passes 11 million sold in record time; Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3) passes nine million sold; Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii) passes the two million mark; Mario Kart Wii passes 31 million sold; and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (PS3) passes the three million mark.

Hardware sales are up across the board week on week, while the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are also up year on year. The 3DS, Xbox 360 and Wii all sold more than one million units this week. Hardware milestones this week: The DS passes the 151 million mark; the Wii passes the 94 million mark; the Xbox 360 passes the 63 million mark; the PlayStation 3 passes the 60 million mark; and the 3DS passes the 14 million mark.

Worldwide Hardware

Hardware

Week on week sales are up across the board. The 3DS is at the top with sales of 1.79 million, which are up 289,000 (19%).  Xbox 360 sales are up 74,000 (6%) to 1.25 million sold. The Wii sold 1.17 million units, which is up 145,000 (14%). The PlayStation 3 is up 92,000 (10%) to 971,000 units sold. The PSP sold 410,000 units, which is up 71,000 (21%). The DS is up 32,000 (9%) to 398,000 units. The Vita sold 107,000 units in its second week, which is down 215,000 (-67%). Total week on week sales are up 488,000 (9%) to 6.10 million.

Year on year sales are up for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and are down for the Wii, DS and PSP. The PlayStation 3 is up 53,000 (6%), the Wii is down 288,000 (-20%), and the Xbox 360 is up 160,000 (14%). The PSP is down 191,000 (-32%) and the DS is down a massive 1.07 million (-73%). However with the DS and 3DS combined it is up 720,000 compared to the DS one year ago. Total year on year sales are up 551,000 (10%).

Hardware Home Consoles

Home console hardware sales are up for a third week, while all three have beaten their black Friday sales. The Xbox 360 has a 37 percent market share; the Wii has a 34 percent market share; and the PlayStation 3 has a 29 percent market share. The Xbox 360 remains in first for a seventh straight week, the Wii and PlayStation 3 are in second and third for a fifth week in a row, respectively. Compared with ten weeks ago all three home consoles are up massively.

Hardware Handhelds

3DS remains well ahead of the DS and PSP outselling both of them combined twice over. It has outsold the DS by more than 4 to 1 and the PSP by more than 4 to 1. The PSP outsold the DS for the first time since the week ending October 22. The PSP has a 51 percent market share this week for the current generation handhelds and the DS has a 49 percent. The Vita only just launching this week in Japan has just an six percent market share for the next generation of handhelds, while the 3DS holds the other 94 percent. Compared with ten weeks ago all three handhelds (excluding the Vita) are up.

Worldwide Software

Only one game debuted in the top 40 this week. Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC) debuted at the top of the charts with sales of 1.68 million. The game launched in the USA and Europe.

Other games in the top 10 that are not debuts include Just Dance 3 (Wii) at number two with sales of 1.35 million. Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) is at number three with sales of 1.08 million. Mario Kart 7 (3DS) is at number four with sales of 1.03 million. Kinect Adventures! (X360) is at number five with sales of 1.01 million.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (X360) at number six with sales of 866,000. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3) is at number seven with sales of 852,000. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii) is at number eight with sales of 784,000. Mario Kart Wii is at number nine with sales of 546,000. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (X360) rounds out the top 10 with sales of 513,000.

Software

Week on week software totals is up for every platform, except for the PlayStation Vita. The Wii takes the top spot this week with 13.76 million games sold, an increase of 2.31 million (20%). Xbox 360 software sales are up 2.50 million (23%) to 13.16 million. The PlayStation 3 sold 10.66 million games, an increase of 1.55 million (17%). The DS sold 6.14 million games, which is up 867,000 (16%). The 3DS sold 4.37 million games, an increase of 728,000 (20%). PSP game sales are up 400,000 (29%) to 1.80 million games sold. The Vita sold 107,000 games in its second week on sale in Japan, which is a drop of 172,000 (-62%). Total combined software is up 8.18 million (20%) week on week to 49.99 million.

Year on year software totals are up for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and are down for the Wii, DS and PSP. The PlayStation 3 is up 3.19 million (43%), the Wii is down 3.33 million (-19%) and the Xbox 360 is up 3.78 million (40%). The DS is down 2.91 million (-32%) and the PSP is down 1.16 million (-39%). Total combined software is up 4.05 million (9%) games sold year on year.

Software Home Consoles

The Wii sold the most games this week, for the third week in a row. The Xbox 360 lead for five of the last 10 weeks and the PlayStation 3 lead for the other two weeks. The Wii has a 37 percent market share, the Xbox 360 with 35 percent, and the PlayStation 3 with 28 percent. Compared to ten weeks ago all three home consoles are up.

Software Handhelds

The DS continues to sell more games than any other handheld, while the 3DS has remained relatively close. 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 a 98 percent market share for the next generation handhelds, while the Vita in its opening week has just a two percent market share. Compared to ten weeks ago all three handhelds (excluding the Vita) are up.

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7 Comments

Kai Master (on 01 January 2012)

Best selling new games of 2011 : 1. Modern Warfare 3 (360+PS3+PC+Wii+DS) : 22.15 (series best-seller : Call of Duty: Black Ops : 27.30m) 2. Battlefield 3 (360+PS3+PC) : 9.89 (/12M) (series' best-seller) 3. Skyrim (360+PS3+PC) : 8.94 (/10M) (series' best-seller) (objective : 9.72 (FF7)) 4. FIFA Soccer 12 (360+PS3+Wii+PSP+PC+3DS+PS2) : 8.92 (series best-seller : FIFA 11 : 11.55m (16m according to EA)) 5. Just Dance 3 (Wii+360+PS3) : 8.16 (series best-seller : JD2 : 9.23m)


Kai Master (on 01 January 2012)

That's amazing to see that before MW3 release the PS3 was selling more consoles and more games each week and after MW3 release X360 leads all the way up to the end of the year : Thanksgiving is huge in the US and Christmas is huge in the US and UK !


Kai Master (on 01 January 2012)

VGC : "VGChartz Hardware data for the period 19th Dec 2010 to 25th Dec 2010: Console PS3 Total 931,958" : where did you get that 918k number ? Did you adjust for the one day shift (19-25 and 18-24) ?


Hephaestos (on 01 January 2012)

Nothing too surprising here, but nice numbers for the 3DS, with 14M it''ll match objectives and gave a strong signal to devs. how accurate are the Vita SW numbers? Has vgc communicated on their methodology for these?


NintendoPie (on 31 December 2011)

3DS keeps pounding down all the consoles! :D Nice to see such a big debut with SW: The Old Republic, too. Vita will probably keep falling or level out for a little while.


Kai Master (on 01 January 2012)

"Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC) is the biggest debut this week with sales of 1.68 million." : Here are the top debuts this year: 1. Modern Warfare 3 (360+PS3+PC+Wii) : 11.9 2. Battlefield 3 (360+PS3+PC) : 4.2 3. Skyrim (360+PS3+PC) : 3.5 4. FIFA 12 (360+PS3+...) : 3.2


UnknownFact (on 01 January 2012)

Surprised at how Vita is like, doing pretty bad.