March NPD Figures In

April 16, 2010

March seen the release of some fantastic games. Final Fantasy XIII, God of War III, New Pokémon games and more which gave gamers plenty of choice regarding what to spend their hard earned cash on. Last month’s NPD figures shows that God of War III was the most popular choice.

However, that’s only for the one individual platform. When you combine the sales of Final Fantasy XIII on the PS3 and X360 it comes out ahead, as with Bad Company 2. Then if you count Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver as one game they should take the top spot. Take a look at the data:

1. God of War III (PS3) – 1,100,000
2. Pokémon SoulSilver (DS) – 1,020,000
3. Final Fantasy XIII (PS3) – 828,200
4. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Xbox 360) – 825,500
5. Pokémon HeartGold (DS) – 761,200
6. Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox 360) – 493,900
7. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) – 457,400
8. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (PS3) – 451,200
9. Wii Fit Plus (Wii) – 429,600
10. MLB 10: The Show (PS3) – 349,200

Some impressive figures there. Final Fantasy XIII apparently saw “the best launch for any item in the franchise” which is good news for Square Enix. As expected the PS3 sold better than the X360 version but I didn’t expect it to nearly double the sales. Bad Company 2 also did well and sold 170% more than its predecessor.

God of War III did really well. Not only did it hit the top of the sales but it also beat God of War II’s launch by 32% which is really impressive when you consider it has a smaller install base.


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