The lights are on
In news that's probably not surprising to many, the latest iteration of EA's ever-popular Madden franchise is at the top of the video game charts during a relatively slow August. Check below the break for all the official NPD stats from last month.
Both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Madden landed at the top, with nearly one million units sold on each system. Super Mario Galaxy 2 returns again, moving up one spot from last month. Look at the numbers carefully, though. There is a massive drop-off in number of units sold between the #2 and #3 slots this month.
Interestingly, NPD notes that if they were including PC games and digital downloads in their numbers, StarCraft II would have actually taken the #2 slot, with over 300,000 units sold at retail alone in August.
Mafia II took some high spots on the charts, which I'm sure Take Two is thankful for, but the game didn't actually sell astoundingly well when you look at the numbers. The rest of the this month's top ten is taken up by older titles that frequently return, including, astoundingly, both New Super Mario Bros. games placed right next to each other. So much Mario!
Here are the numbers:
1. Madden NFL 11 (360) - 920,800 units sold
2. Madden NFL 11 (PS3) - 893,600 units sold
3. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) - 124,600 units sold
4. Mafia II (360) - 121,600 units sold
5. New Super Mario Bros. (DS) - 110,400 units sold
6. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
7. Mafia II (PS3)
8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (360)
9. NCAA Football 11 (360)
10. Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
On the hardware side, the 360 remains on top, but everyone is down from last month. Check it out for yourself:
1. Xbox 360 - 356,700 units sold
2. Nintendo DS - 342,700 units sold
3. Wii - 244,300 units sold
4. PlayStation 3 - 226,000 units sold
5. PSP - 79,400 units sold
Not a lot to look at here...
Good for Take Two I guess?
I'm playing the games I already own much longer due to DLC and robust multiplayer modes. Meaning, I'm not buying as many games as I used to. I don't have anything other than that anecdotal evidence, but I can't help but wonder if other gamers are following a similiar pattern.
As for Mafia II, I was able to rent that twice, pay $9, and be done with it forever.
i am seriously shocked that xbox beat wii by such a big margin, and the ps3 is getting close. maybe people are finally using their money on worthwhile things
Pretty sweet month. I came to UNT this month. My roommate bought Madden and it's actually pretty fun.
That's not good for Mafia II. Especially considering that they carpet bombed the TV with commercials.
Also, those are very competitive numbers for the PS3 version of Madden since PS3 versions of multi-console games traditionally have sold half of what the 360 version has. Wonder why it's close for Madden.
Well i'm not apart of that so HA! take that Madden(even though they don't need me).
I'm simply surprised by the near equal split between systems for Madden.
I like how the PSP is only in the five-digits in hardware sales, when the rest of the pack are in six-digits.
There's a big surprise, Madden sold an ass load of copies. I kinda feel bad for Madden players, I wonder if they realize that they're not giving EA any reason to get off their asses and fix the core problems since every year they add stuff, but the main balancing issues still exist
Wow The Xbox beat the Wii.Never expected that.