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Weekly Sales Analysis, 14 May 2011 - Brink and LEGO Pirates Debut - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 20 May 2011 / 5,204 Views

Overview

After a couple of slow weeks it is a strong week for debuts with four new titles for multiple platforms in the top 40. Overall hardware is down week on week and year on year, while software is up week on week and down year on year. The PSP reaches the 68 million mark this week. Software milestone this week: Pokémon Black / White Version (DS) reaches 11 million sold, Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3) crosses the 10 million mark, and Kinect Sports (X360) reaches three million sold. Two games sold over 100,000 and the top 14 sold over 50,000.

Worldwide Hardware

Hardware

Week on week sales are down for every platform ranging from a drop of nine percent up to 22 percent. The PlayStation 3 is this week’s top platform with sales of 124,000 which is down 19,000 (-13%) compared to last week.  The Xbox 360 is down 11,000 (-9%), to 115,000 sold. The DS sold 107,000, a drop of 18,000 (-14%). The PSP drops 26,000 (-22%) this week to 94,000 sold. The 3DS sold 89,000 this week, a drop of 21,000 (-19%). The Wii is in last place this week with sales of 79,000, a drop of 20,000 (-20%). Total sales dropped 115,000 (-16%) to 608,000.

Year on year sales are up for the Xbox 360, down for the PlayStation 3 and PSP, and down significantly for the DS and Wii. The Xbox 360 is up 12,000 (12%) units sold year on year. The PlayStation 3 sold 38,000 (-23%) less this week than the same week last year and the PSP is down 21,000 (-18%). The DS is down 139,000 (-57%) and the Wii with the biggest drop is down 144,000 (-65%).

Hardware Home Consoles

The PlayStation 3 has been in first for 15 straight weeks, the Xbox 360 in second for seven weeks and the Wii in third for seven weeks. Wii sales have dropped by half in the last ten weeks with PlayStation 3 sales down 61 percent and Xbox 360 29 percent.

Hardware Handhelds

3DS sales decrease for a sixth straight week and have been below the DS for four weeks and the PSP for three weeks. The PSP drops below 100,000 for the first time all year and the 3DS for the second time since its launch. The last time for the 3DS was before it launched in EMEAA and America.

Worldwide Software

Four games debuted in the top 40, up from one last week. Brink (X360) debuted at number one this week with sales of 387,000. The PlayStation 3 version debuted at number two with sales of 148,000. The PC version debuted at number 22 with sales of 31,000. The game launched in America and EMEAA and will launch in Japan on May 26.

Five versions of LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game launched this week. The Xbox 360 version debuted at number three with sales of 98,000. The Wii version debuted at number four with sales of 94,000. The PlayStation 3 version debuted at number six with sales of 76,000. The DS version debuted at number 24 with sales of 27,000. The 3DS version debuted at number 38 with sales of 16,000. As an extra for non-pro members, the PSP version debuted at number 56 with sales of 11,000. The game launched in America and EMEAA, with no plans to be released in Japan.

MX vs. ATV: Alive (X360) debuted at number 13 with sales of 55,000. The PlayStation 3 version debuted at number 20 with sales of 37,000. The game launched in America and EMEAA, with no plans to be released in Japan.

Suzumiya Haruhi no Tsuisou (PS3) debuted at number 34 with sales of 17,000. As an extra to non-pro members the PSP version debuted at number 43 with sales of 14,000. The game launched in Japan, with no plans to be released elsewhere.

Other games in the top 10 that are not debuts include Pokémon Black / White Version (DS) at number five with sales of 89,000. Zumba Fitness (Wii) is at number seven with sales of 72,000. Wii Sports Resort is at number eight with sales of 71,000. Mortal Kombat (PS3) is at number nine with sales of 69,000. Wii Sports is rounds out the top ten with sales of 69,000.

Software

Week on week software are up for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and are down for every other platform. The Xbox 360 sold the most software this week with 1.38 million games, an increase of 412,000 (43%). PlayStation 3 software sales picked up to 1.13 million games sold, an increase of 132,000 (13%). The Wii sold 1.11 million games sold, a drop of 74,000 (-6%). The DS sold 707,000 games, a drop of 109,000 (-13%). The PSP sold 295,000 games, a decrease of 54,000 (-15%). 3DS game sales drop 9,000 (-7%), to 123,000 games sold. Total combined software is up week on week to 4.75 million games sold an increase of 298,000 (7%).

Year on year software total are down for every platform, except for the Xbox 360. The PlayStation 3 is down 350,000 (-24%), the Wii is down 586,000(-35%) and the Xbox 360 is up 25,000 (2%). The DS is down 525,000 (-43%) and the PSP is down 154,000 (-34%). Total combined software is down 1.47 million (-24%) games sold year on year.

Software Home Consoles

After two weeks of drops in software sales, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 software sales rebound slightly this week. The Xbox 360 game sales went from being in third for two weeks is in first this week. The PlayStation 3 remains in second. The Wii with a fourth straight week of decreases goes from selling the most software down to the least for the home consoles.

Software Handhelds

3DS software sales drop for a sixth straight week, PSP software sales drop for a second straight week, and DS software sales drop for a fourth straight week. DS software outsells the PSP by margin of greater than 2:1.

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curl-6 (on 21 May 2011)

Except that 360 and PS3 DON'T really offer similar experiences. Wii's selling less because it's had less big games lately. Games like Zelda Skyward Sword, Kirby's Dreamland, Inazuma Eleven Strikers, and Dragon Quest X are the solution.

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jkudlacz (on 21 May 2011)

I think price cut for PS3 and XBOX360 is coming, only question is who will pull the trigger first MS or SONY while XBOX leads US PS3 leads the world. Wii will get a boost from price cut over next few weeks but then it will drop in sales yet again, with XBOX360 and PS3 offering similar experiences with additional features Wii is doomed.

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curl-6 (on 20 May 2011)

As expected, Wii buyers are awaiting the imminent price cut. Same thing happened to the PS3 before the $299 drop.

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