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NPD Tallies US Video Game Revenue for June 2011 - News

by VGChartz Staff , posted on 14 July 2011 / 8,314 Views

NPD figures for June 2011, covering the five weeks to July 2, 2011 are now slowly arriving. It was another bad month for the industry, even with X360 up again from its 2010 pace. Industry revenue fell to $995m across (non-PC) video games, hardware and accessories combined, down 10% from June 2011. Figures for the month were split at the following levels:

NPD Revenue June 2011, May 2011 & June 2010

Hardware sales have now mostly leaked out for the month from various sources. Red data in the table below is estimates based on hardware revenue overall and other totals.

NPD HW June 2011 & Estimates

Figures are based on the following: Microsoft's press-release for X360, Nintendo's press-release for DS, Wii, and 3DS. PS3 figures are based on the Microsoft's claim of 48% share of current consoles, as (1/0.48)*(507) = 1,056,000 consoles sold. You then take 1,056,000 - 507,000 X360s - 273,000 Wiis to get 276,000 or 277,000 PS3s (I went 277,000 as the other numbers are likely rounded). With all of that money accounted for, and PS2 still selling small amounts of hardware, it looks like about 65,000 PSPs sold as well.

The data makes it look like the Wii price cut in May accompanied a modest spike in May that quickly flattened out to about a +25% bump over April - mid-May weekly sales. PS3 sales increased about 10,000 per week from June, on giftcard deals and inFamous 2, but it was X360 that grew the most from May, jumping over 30,000 per week.

Michael Pachter did tell me in email however that much of the X360 year over year rise came from a) free X360s given away with Windows 7, and b) X360s sold directly to distributors (some of these units apparently ended up in Brazil) - and Microsoft convinced NPD to count both. Pachter didn't have figures on how many units those promotions added, but estimates that X360 would have dropped slightly year over year (-5% to -10%) without those inclusions.

Nintendo's DS also had a nice spike on the DS Lite price cut, jumping to 77,000 per week on the availability of a $100 price point. DS now looks like it will top 50m in the USA by the end of September - a first for any video game system in the market. 

Over the past 12 months, Microsoft's X360 has outsold Sony's PS2 in the comparable time frame from launch by nearly 2.7m units, as PS2 was already quickly slowing by this point in its cycle while X360 is still (slowly) peaking. Wii continues to outsell PS2 over the comparable time frame as well by about 1m units, while PS3 is tracking 1m behind over the last 12 months.

Wii, PS2, X360, PS3 in Consecutive 12 Month Periods in the USA

Going forward, Wii and X360 should remain ahead of PS2 over consecutive 12-month periods at about the same rates through at least October as in the past few months. November and December will probably see their paces ahead of PS2 narrow a bit, but its a bit early to tell just yet.

Software sales were pretty terrible for the month, with Duke Nukem Forever selling less than 400,000 units, even with the PC version included. Announced software rankings for June 2011 are:

01. L.A. Noire (360, PS3) Take 2 Interactive - 419,000
02. Duke Nukem Forever (360, PS3, PC) Take 2 Interactive - 376,300
03. Infamous 2 (PS3) Sony  369,200
04. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC) Disney Interactive Studios  (325k?)
05. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS) Nintendo - 283,000
06. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PC) Activision Blizzard
07. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, PC) Take 2 Interactive
08. Mortal Kombat 2011 (PS3, 360) Warner Bros. Interactive
09. Cars 2 (NDS, Wii, 360, PS3, PC) Disney Interactive Studios
10. Just Dance 2 (Wii) Ubisoft

Overall, even with the somewhat debatable X360 growth and DS Lite spike, it was a pretty bad month industry wide.

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Kai Master (on 15 July 2011)

VGChartz Hardware data for the period 22nd Oct 2000 to 10th Jun 2006:

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VGChartz Hardware data for the period 20th Nov 2005 to 09th Jul 2011:

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Killiana1a (on 15 July 2011)

As an impressionable child of the 1990s, from May until October, no quality video games are released. I was raised by Nintendo via the SNES to expect the big bang titles from October through December. The sleeper, non-Mario/Zelda/Donkey Kong/Metroid were released from January to April.

Good to see things have not changed. Or as they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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ElGranCabeza (on 14 July 2011)

PSP number on this chart is incorrect. It sold 120k.

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Wonktonodi (on 14 July 2011)

seems the windows 7 x360 promotion worked very well

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Kai Master (on 15 July 2011)

No cumulative chart but only 12-month ? I'd like to know where is 360 compared to PS2 in cumulative.

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dsage01 (on 15 July 2011)

Wow Infamous 2 did pretty darn weel. It should have over 450k if the psn sales are included. Xbox 360 did incredible this month too. The deal really worked out for them

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scat398 (on 14 July 2011)

The 360 increases yoy again...unreal.

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reviniente (on 16 July 2011)

Kai Master's numbers are interesting, a retort is in order. As for Nintendo fans, I congratulate them for discovering the location of the dislike button and their enthusiastic use of it.

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Ail (on 15 July 2011)

Nintendo is going to have some pretty terrible financial results for Q2...

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thismeintiel (on 16 July 2011)

Wait, how can MS convince NPD to show sales to distributors, especially when some didn't even end up in the US. That's BS. That wouldn't even be sold in the first place, it would be shipped. So this is how MS is going to live up to its statement of being number 1 WW, by getting NPD to alter numbers so they look to be in a better situation? Guess I can't trust NPD, anymore.

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Seece (on 14 July 2011)

That last chart just makes me laugh

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Grandia (on 15 July 2011)

Man what's goning on with the Xbox 360?! The 360 destroyed every one else!

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PEICanada7 Grandia (on 15 July 2011)

Giving away a new console with Windows 7 PC purchuse tends to do that. I don't know why giving something away for free is considered a sale, but whatever, it worked for them this month!

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welshbloke (on 15 July 2011)

It matters not how you get your console into the gamers hands but that you get your console into the gamers hands.

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kopstudent89 (on 15 July 2011)

Ok so Nintendo are screwed!

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tastytaste (on 15 July 2011)

Can VGchartz please start making xbox360 beating PS3 almost 2 to 1 in NA consistently show up on there front page tracker. Instead we consistently get this slow creep of PS3 slowly catching 360 Worldwide when all internal and external data from sources not VGchartz consistently show that not to be the case. Also would love a page or post that details how VGchartz gets its numbers for the Euro Zone.

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Boberman tastytaste (on 15 July 2011)

I would wait for Q2 shipment numbers before making claims like this.

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kowenicki (on 15 July 2011)

Nintendo financials are going to be horrific. The scratching around to somehow make the 360 number seem less impressive leaves a bad taste.

It doesn't alter the fact that the 360 was still under tracked by about 30% (excluding the offer) and 65% in reality. Meanwhile the wii was overtracked by almost 50%.

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hiroko (on 15 July 2011)

how in god sake can the x360 sell soo good?

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Nintendogamer (on 14 July 2011)

Next month will be worse for NoA and worst still in August.

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