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December NPDs: It was a Nintendo Christmas!

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December 2008’s NPD numbers are in ladies and gentlemen.

Hardware

  1. DS – 3.04M
  2. Wii – 2.15M
  3. Xbox 360 – 1.44M
  4. PSP – 1.02M
  5. PlayStation 3 – 726K
  6. PlayStation 2 – 410K

Software

  1. WII PLAY W/ REMOTE – 1.46M
  2. 360 – CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR – 1.33M
  3. WII FIT W/ BALANCE BOARD – 999K
  4. WII – MARIO KART W/ WHEEL – 878K
  5. WII – GUITAR HERO WORLD TOUR – 859K
  6. 360 – GEARS OF WAR 2 – 745K
  7. 360 – LEFT 4 DEAD – 629K
  8. NDS – MARIO KART – 540K
  9. PS3 – CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR – 533K
  10. WII – ANIMAL CROSSING: CITY FOLK – 497K


My Predicitons

[360] 1400K
[NDS] 2700K
[PS2] 350K
[PS3] 700K
[PSP] 900K
[WII] 2900K

Damn that Nintendo. Messing up numbers like that.

Anyways, as you can see Nintendo dominated the charts. No matter how you cut it: Nintendo won Christmas. 5.19 million units of hardware sold between two platforms compared to Sony’s 2.156 million across three platforms. And to make matters worse (or better), Nintendo is making profit on its hardware. Simply astonishing.

Microsoft did a fantastic job as I predicted; they nearly doubled the PS3. That $199 and $299 price point is very reasonable and most gamers who’re looking to invest exclusively in high definition gaming have little reason to throw down an additional $100 on a PlayStation 3. It’s a tough reality, but what can Sony do? Cut price and lose more money?

The software situation for Nintendo could not be better. Just look at all those Nintendo titles up there. Not many games rebound into the top 10 like Mario Kart DS did and that in itself is remarkable. Call of Duty: World at War continues to sell on name brand recognition and is easily the most popular shooter this generation. Valve and EA must be proud of their new original IP, Left4Dead, for doing so well. It is certainly selling a lot more units than the competing first person shooter, Resistance 2, which did not make it into the top 10 this month.

That wraps up 2008.

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