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Yesterday we reported that the NPD Group is changing the way they report monthly video game sales figures, and today we get our first view of this new style. As was expected, we now know a lot less about what games sold how much last month, and we have limited hardware results. Nevertheless, check out what games won out in September below.
Here's the list of the top 10 best-selling games (no longer platform-specific) for the month of September:
1. Halo Reach (360)2. Madden NFL 11 (360, PS3, PS2, Wii, PSP)3. Dead Rising 2 (360, PS3, PC)4. NHL 11 (360, PS3)5. FIFA Soccer 11 (360, PS3, PS2, PSP, DS)6. Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (PSP)7. Mafia II (360, PS3, PC)8. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (PS3, 360, DS, Wii)9. Metroid: Other M (Wii)10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (360, PS3, PC)
Though we don't have specific numbers for most games on the list, there are a few things we can note. First off, NPD analyst Anita Frazier did share the impressive Halo Reach sales figure: 3.3 million. Reach, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, and Metroid: Other M, must have done particularly well to make it onto a multi-platform top ten list despite being single-platform titles.
Frazier helpfully noted that if the top 10 were ranked by SKU, New Super Mario Bros. Wii would have cracked the top 10, as usual.
On the hardware side, Frazier said that sales for all consoles except the Xbox 360 were down compared to September of last year. The PS3 and PSP are up on a sales-per-week basis compared to last month. The actual price of hardware sold has increased this month thanks to an Xbox 360 Halo Reach bundle and a PlayStation 3 move bundle.
Again, we have no specific numbers on accessories sold, but Frazier says that each of the three PS3 Move SKUs made it onto the accessories top 10 list.
The industry as a whole is down 8 percent compared to September 2009.
I'm glad to see Kingdom Hearts: BBS on there. It was a great game!
Gah the new and "improved" charts are pretty worthless. Pretty cool that DR2 did that kinda dirt despite launching close to some huge franchises- also it was out for a much slimmer slice of September than was Madden or Halo, so that makes it's #3 that much impressive.
Darn, I was hoping to see Enslaved on there. =(
I'm not completely sold on it but I'm glad Metroid: Other M cracked the top 10 list.
I don't remember Game Informer ever showing sales data before. I think they're just doing it now so they can talk about the new way charts are compiled.
I really don't like this new set up; the old set up allowed for more analysis. It might help if they still showed the number of units sold.
I am glad to see Dead Rising 2 did so well, despite Madden and Halo: Reach.
And I'm tiring of the presense of Modern Warfare 2. I hope it leaves the charts soon.
I think the release of kinect will be a system seller and I am surprised the Ps3 is down.
Halo Reach rules :]
It's a shock not to see New Super Mario Bros. Wii in the top ten.
I'm REALLY missing the old NPD charts now :(
Nice to see Dead Rising 2 high up there and Mafia II sticking around.
YEAH HALO REACH FTW!!!!!!!!!
MW2 at 10! suprising.
*** Spiderman Was On There LOL Ima Get That Game
Wow... Halo is only on the Xbox 360 and beat out so many multi-platform titles. I have a feeling that Spider-Man: SD would not be ranked so high if the numbers were not combined.
I am truly not surprised at all by that list...
Not surprised to see Halo Reach get the Number 1 spot.