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Weekly Sales Analysis, 13 August 2011 - 3DS Sales Increase Seven Fold - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 20 August 2011 / 13,264 Views

Overview

3DS sales surge, increasing over seven fold worldwide, this week on the massive price cut. Despite the other platforms being relatively flat, week on week sales are up 46 percent. However year on year sales are still down five percent, which will only grow next week. Total software sales are down slightly week on week, even though 3DS software sales more than doubled. Year on year software totals are down by about one third. There are three debuts in the top 40, which is down from five last week. Software  milestones this week include The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS) which crosses the one million mark; New Super Mario Bros. Wii which reaches the 22 million mark; and NCAA Football 12 (X360) reaches the half million mark. One game sold over 100,000, the same as last week, and the top nine sold over 50,000, down from 10 last week.

Worldwide Hardware

Hardware

Week on week sales are up for the 3DS, Wii, PlayStation 3, and PSP, and are down for the Xbox 360 and DS. The 3DS takes the top spot this week with sales of 314,000, which is up a massive 276,000 (726%). The PlayStation 3 falls to second this week, but it remains above the other home consoles. It sold 128,000 units, which is up just 2,000 (2%). The Wii moves above the Xbox 360 this week with sales increase 6,000 (5%) to 120,000 units sold. The Xbox 360 falls 4,000 (-3%) this week to sales of 116,000. The DS is also down 4,000 (-3%) week on week, as it sold 114,000 units this week. The PSP sold 98,000 units, which is an increase of 3,000 (3%).

Year on year sales are down for every platform, ranging from down 25,000 units all the way up to 176,000 units. The PlayStation 3 is down 58,000 (-31%), the Wii is down 34,000 (-22%), and the Xbox 360 is down 65,000 (-36%). The PSP is down 25,000 (-20%) and the DS is down 176,000 (-61%).

Hardware Home Consoles

For this week the gap between the three home consoles is less than four percent, with the PlayStation 3 with a 35.16 percent market share, the Wii with a 32.97 percent, and the Xbox 360 with a 31.87 percent. The PlayStation 3 has been in sole position of first for the last six weeks and been ahead of the Xbox 360 for nine weeks now. The Wii moves is in second this week, which is after being in third for two straight weeks. Compared with ten weeks ago PlayStation 3 sales are up, and Wii and Xbox 360 sales are down.

Hardware Handhelds

As people waited for the 3DS price drop, sales decreased to their lowest in the 3DS’s history at 38,000, but increased seven fold this week, to stand at the top of the charts for the first time since the week of April 9, more than four months ago. The gap between the DS and PSP shrinks even more this week, to just 16,000 units separating the two. The DS has a 53.77 percent market share this week for the current generation handhelds and the PSP a 45.23 percent. Compared with ten weeks ago the 3DS, DS, and PSP are all up.

Worldwide Software

Three games debuted in the top 40 this week, down from five last week.  MonHun Nikki: Poka Poka Ailu Mura G (PSP) debuted at the top with sales of 100,000. The game launched in Japan, with no plans to be released elsewhere.

Pokémon: Rumble Blast (3DS) debuted at number two with sales of 88,000. The game launched in Japan and will launch in the Americas on October 24.

Uta no * Prince-Sama: Repeat (PSP) debuted at number 18 with sales of 28,000. The game launched in Japan, with no plans to be released elsewhere.

Other games in the top 10 that are not debuts include Mario Kart Wii at number three with sales of 86,000.  Zumba Fitness (Wii) is at number five with sales of 82,000. Wii Sports Resort is at number five with sales of 79,000.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS) is at number six with sales of 70,000. Rhythm Heaven (Wii) is at number seven with sales of 65,000. Pokémon Black / White Version (DS) is at number eight with sales of 61,000. Kirby: Mass Attack (DS) is at number nine with sales of 53,000. Just Dance 2 (Wii) rounds out the top 10 with sales of 49,000.

Software

Week on week software totals are up massively for the 3DS, up slightly for the Wii and PSP, and are down for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and DS. The Wii takes the top spot this week with 1.28 million games sold, an increase of 13,000 (1%). The Xbox 360 sold 843,000 games, a decrease of 137,000 (-14%). PlayStation 3 software sales drop below one million (the Xbox 360 did the same last week) to 802,000, which is a decrease of 202,000 (-20%). The DS sold 783,000 games, a decrease of 38,000 (-5%). PSP game sales are up slightly compared to last week with 466,000 games sold, an increase of 7,000 (2%). The 3DS sold 358,000 games, an increase of 225,000 (169%). Total combined software is down week on week to 4.53 million games sold a decrease of 132,000 (-3%).

Year on year software totals are down across the board. The PlayStation 3 is down 798,000 (-50%), the Wii is down 531,000 (-29%) and the Xbox 360 is down 792,000 (-48%). The DS is down 600,000 (-43%) and the PSP is down 53,000 (-10%). Total combined software is down 2.416 million (-35%) games sold year on year.

Software Home Consoles

For this week the gap between the three home total software sales has grown, as the Wii has a 43.70 percent market share, the Xbox 360 with a 28.85 percent, and the PlayStation 3 with a 27.45 percent. Wii software sales are at the top for a fourth straight week, and for the seventh time in ten weeks. Xbox 360 software sales are in second, which is after being in third for seven straight weeks. The PlayStation 3 is down to third week which is after being in second for three straight weeks. Compared to ten weeks ago PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360 software sales are down.

Software Handhelds

3DS software sales after dropping for six straight weeks, increase this week, however remain below the DS and PSP.  PSP software sales are up for a second week. DS software remains well ahead of the PSP though the gap is now below the 2:1 margin, at 1.68:1. Compared with ten weeks ago the PSP and 3DS are up and the DS is down.

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21 Comments
Tammi (on 20 August 2011)

It will be interesting to see if the 3DS sales spike continues in the coming weeks.

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scottie Tammi (on 20 August 2011)

Should still do very well next week, because the price cut was just for the 12th and 13th outside of Japan, and 12th-14th in Japan. As for how it will stablise in the weeks to come, that's anyone's guess. Hopefully the price cut can keep sales high until the holiday games release and provide a more long term sales boost.

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radishhead (on 20 August 2011)

Here's hoping this lasts for a while

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Kai Master (on 21 August 2011)

that's 8.26 fold exactly.

  • +4
Kai Master (on 21 August 2011)

@ VGC : +700% is 8 fold and not 7 fold (remember that +100% is 2 fold and not 1 fold !)

  • +4
kickazz113 (on 20 August 2011)

time for me to get a 3ds!!!

  • +4
the2real4mafol (on 20 August 2011)

hopefully this is only the beggining for 3ds. otherwise, woe is nintendo!

  • +4
Tridrakious (on 21 August 2011)

I'm very curious to know how the PS3 price cut is going to do. With it not being announced 3 weeks in advance. I know it won't have the effect the last price cut did ($100 cut, new model, new marketing campaigns, new game cases, etc), but should be rather big.

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sethnintendo (on 20 August 2011)

Good to see a 3DS game cracking the 1 mil mark. I suspect there will be a decent drop off in the following weeks but it seems Nintendo has their 3DS at a decent price for the holiday season. Once their major titles hit then there can't be any more excuses on performance of sales.

  • +3
Conegamer (on 20 August 2011)

Nice to see the 3DS doing so well, and the 3 consoles so close to each other.

Who will win this holiday is anyone's guess. But I'm still backing Nintendo, I'm sure you can guess why ;-)

  • +3
Kai Master (on 21 August 2011)

@ VGC : DS versus PSP : 53.77 + 45.23 = 99 % and not 100 % !

  • +2
reviniente (on 20 August 2011)

Things'll start to look up in 3 weeks.

  • +2
Michael-5 (on 21 August 2011)

I hope 3DS sales stay strong, it's been on the market long enough to start over taking the DS. I wonder how much the price cut will help PS3 sales, and how much 3DS sales fall. Hope the PS3 sells considerably more, and I hope 3DS is up too.

  • +1
Teratus (on 01 September 2011)

the 3ds should hold nicely now with the upcoming games and the Christmas Holiday

really hope the dumbasses who bashed it at launch are annoyed right now

god I hate anti nintendo fans

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