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May NPD sales numbers


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May Hardware Sales

 

PSP = 250,000

PS2 = 273,000

Xbox = 129,000

GCN = 50,000

GBA/DS = 279,000 (approx)

 

May Top 25 Software Sales

 

US Top 25 Videogame Titles

Rank Title Publisher

 

1 GBA POKEMON EMERALD Nintendo

2 PS2 SW EPISODE III: S ITH LucasArts

3 XBX SW EPISODE III: SITH LucasArts

4 XBX FORZA MOTORSPORT Microsoft

5 PS2 MIDNIGHT CLUB 3: DUB Take Two

6 PS2 LEGO STAR W ARS Eidos

7 PS2 GOD OF WAR Sony

8 XBX M IDNIGHT CLUB 3: DUB Take Two

9 XBX LEGO STAR WARS Eidos

10 XBX AREA 51 Midway

11 PS2 AREA 51 Midway

12 GBA SW EPISODE III: SITH LucasArts

13 PS2 MVP BASEBALL 2005 Electronic Arts

14 PSP NEED SPEED:UND RIVALS Electronic Arts

15 PS2 GRAN TURISMO 4 Sony

16 GBA LEGO STAR WARS Eidos

17 XBX T.CLANCY:CHAOS THEORY Ubi Soft

18 PSP HOT SHOTS GOLF:OPEN Sony

19 PSP UNTOLD LEGENDS:BTHRHD Sony

20 GBA FIRE EMBLEM: THE SACRED STO Nintendo

21 PS2 FIGHT NIGHT ROUND 2 Electronic Arts

22 NDS SW EPISODE III: SITH LucasArts

23 XBX DOOM 3 Activision

24 PSP MVP BASEBALL Electronic Arts

25 PSP NBA STREET SHOWDOWN Electronic Arts

Note: Ranked in terms of $$$ sales.

 

CSFB Notes:

 

• Overall US videogame software sales were up sharply in the month of May with sales up 30% y/y, faster than the 9% growth we saw in April due to strong performance from Pokemon and Star Wars titles. 128-bit software sales were up 9% year over year. Handheld software sales were up 156% y/y, benefiting from another full month of software for the PSP and the release of Pokemon Emerald. The PSP sold approximately 250K units in its third month. 128-bit hardware sales were down 17% y/y in May, with PS2 unit sales up 8%, but Gamecube and Xbox down 35% and 40% respectively. This brings the install base of 128-bit consoles to approximately 51.4 million in the U.S.

 

• Electronic Arts U.S. videogame sales in May were down 8% year over year. The company’s sell through should pick up with the release of three titles in June: Medal of Honor: European Assault, receiving strong initial reviews (~80%), Battlefield 2, which is off to a very strong start, and Batman Begins. For the quarter to date including May PC game sales, U.S. sell through is down 29%.

 

• Take Two’s U.S. videogame sales in May were down 1% year over year. The company had no new releases in the month, however April’s Midnight Club: DUB Edition sold 228K units. For the quarter to date including May PC game sales, sell through is up 49%. The most significant title from Take-Two in the calendar quarter is Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which released in early June on the Xbox and PC.

 

• THQ U.S. videogame sales increased 13% year over year in May. The company’s WWE Wrestlemania XXI performed well with approximately 135K units sold in its first two months. For the quarter to date including May PC game sales, sell through is up 12%. The most significant release in the current quarter should be Destroy All Humans!, which launched this week on the PS2 and Xbox and is receiving solid initial reviews (~80%).

 

• Activision’s U.S. videogame sales were down 24% year over year for the month of May, due to the tough comparison with last May’s Shrek 2.The company released Madagascar mid month, which sold approximately 46K units. For the quarter to date including May PC game sales, sell through is up 59% due to the strength of the Doom franchise.

 

• Midway’s U.S. sales in the month of May were down 1% year over year. The company had a difficult comparison with last year due to continued sales of NBA Ballers, which released last April. For the quarter to date, sell through is down 36%.

 

• We expect another solid month in June given the number of titles being released, despite the difficult comp created by last year’s hardware price cuts.

 

For those wondering, Forza sold 183k copies in the US and the Episode III game sold over 700k combined on the PS2 and Xbox. Also, heres a fun figure for those of us on the forum that bought it; here are the TOTAL number of copies Spikeout sold: 343. That's not a joke either.:D

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Two things strike me about those numbers. First, I can't believe how well the PS2 continues to sell. With the numbers of consoles that system has sold over the years, you would think that everyone who wants one would have one at this point. At the very least, you would think that it wouldn't be out-selling the Xbox by more twice as many units per month.

 

Secondly, I wish that they would break up the sales figures for the DS and GBA. It's hard to get a good idea of how well the DS is doing against the PSP with those numbers mashed together.

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THQ U.S. videogame sales increased 13% year over year in May. The company?s WWE Wrestlemania XXI performed well with approximately 135K units sold in its first two months.

 

120K of which were promptly returned, sold on eBay, or smashed into little-bitty pieces by frustrated users who couldn't go online with it :lmfao

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