NPD: StarCraft II far outsells console games in JulyBy Matthew DeCarlo 11 comments
NPD has released a fresh batch game rankings for you stat trackers out there, with the industry as a whole remaining flat at $847 million year-over-year in July. The Xbox 360 pulled ahead to take the top sales position for the first time since September 2007 according to the research group, moving 444,000 units – a boost that is surely tied to the recent console refresh. Nintendo's DS fell 26% to 398k shipments, and the company sold 254k Wiis. The PlayStation 3 placed fourth with 216k units, a 44% increase, and the PSP dropped 32% to 84,000.
Software performance paints a similar picture. The Xbox 360 version of NCAA Football 11 was the top selling console game with 368,000 copies sold, while the PS3 version trailed at 298k. Nearly 209k copies of Crackdown 2 for Xbox 360 were shipped. After that, all but four of the remaining top 20 console games are for a Nintendo device. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360) still made the cut at number 10. Impressively, StarCraft II shattered those figures, selling 721,000 units in its few days at retail (that's non-digital US copies only).