At Least 1,408 People Are Playing Black Ops II Online on the Wii U…

For four consecutive Mondays, we've counted the number of people who are playing Black Ops II on the Wii U. We've wanted to, however roughly, measure the uptake of online gaming on the Wii U, using one of the most popular online series around. » 12/10/12 10:45pm 12/10/12 10:45pm

No. 1 in the Polls Doesn't Mean Much in Sports Video Gaming Either

Around sports video gaming's water cooler, much is being made of NBA 2K13 clocking in as October's No. 1 seller » 11/09/12 6:00pm 11/09/12 6:00pm on the NPD charts, and it is indeed an affirmation for sports video gamers as a whole. Sports video games are, culturally, treated as an outlier in core video gaming, yet they routinely send two, three or…

Mobile Gamers Now Outnumber Core Gamers, According to NPD Survey

The NPD Group—the same folks who make news every month by reporting video game sales numbers—have been counting the amount of people who play games, too. They have news. Depending on how you identify and what you care about, you may want to have a seat. » 9/07/12 3:30pm 9/07/12 3:30pm

Dancing Games Hit Their Stride, Show Huge Growth in Sales

The Los Angeles Times has taken a look at the October NPD numbers, which show that dancing games like Just Dance 3 and Dance Central 2 have grown in sales 326% over last year. That far outpaces the next nearest fastest-growing genre, fighting games, which grew just 33% over the same period of time. » 11/29/11 9:00pm 11/29/11 9:00pm

Digital Distributors Dispute NPD Rankings

Impulse and GamersGate are two pretty well known digital download services - we feature them every week in The Moneysaver - but they didn't show up in an NPD assessment of digital versus brick-and-mortar sales. » 7/24/10 5:00pm 7/24/10 5:00pm

Nintendo Continues Hardware Kill Streak In Slow April

The Wii and Nintendo DS killed the competition in the United States last month, partly because the other hardware makers didn't put up much of a fight. It was, bluntly, an ugly month for video game sales. » 5/13/10 7:00pm 5/13/10 7:00pm

Splinter Cell: Conviction Was April's Big Winner [Update]

Sam Fisher used little stealth in his slaying of the competition in April, with Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction clearly visible at the top of April's bestselling games list, according to the NPD Group. » 5/13/10 6:40pm 5/13/10 6:40pm

Say Hi To The Best-Selling Games Of 2010 (So Far)

Courtesy of Nintendo, let's take a look at the thirty top-selling games in the United States so far this year. As a bonus, we'll look at the top 30 from Europe, too. » 5/11/10 4:30am 5/11/10 4:30am

Nintendo DSi XL Off To A [Adjective] Start In U.S.

In March, the Nintendo DS had a hell of a month, selling more than 700,000 units to portable gamers in the U.S. That was the same month the pumped up Nintendo DSi XL launched. How'd it do? » 4/16/10 10:00pm 4/16/10 10:00pm

NPD Instant Analysis: Things You Should Note

If you are not careful, you will soon be cornered by some know-it-all who knows everything about U.S. video game sales in March 2010. Before walking away, drop some knowledge on them — might we suggest a few talking points? » 4/15/10 7:30pm 4/15/10 7:30pm

Pokémon Helps Nintendo Walk To March Hardware Victory

As it is wont to do, Nintendo dominated hardware sales in the United States in March, the Nintendo DS and Wii combining to move more than a million shiny new game machines last month. » 4/15/10 7:00pm 4/15/10 7:00pm

God of War III, Pokemon & More Battle It Out For March's Bestseller…

March was a battle between one very pissed off Spartan, a girl named Lightning and too many Pokemon to count. Who came out on top in U.S. video game sales for the month of March? » 4/15/10 6:40pm 4/15/10 6:40pm

BioShock 2 is Entitled to February's Top Spot for U.S. Sales

BioShock 2 ended New Super Mario Bros. Wii's two-month hold atop the U.S. console sales charts, edging the Nintendo platformer by 7,000 units to take February's top honors. » 3/11/10 7:00pm 3/11/10 7:00pm

Xbox 360 Notches Rare Triumph Over Wii in February

The Xbox 360 clocked in with a rare victory over the Wii among console sales in the United States for February, according to figures released today by the NPD Group. » 3/11/10 6:40pm 3/11/10 6:40pm

NPD: Online Gamers Spend on Average 8 Hours a Week Online Playing

The average number of hours spent per week on online gaming is up 10 percent, to 8 hours a week, according to the results of a study released by the NPD Group today. » 3/02/10 1:00pm 3/02/10 1:00pm

NPD Top 20 Shows How MAG, Bayonetta Fared In January

Well-read sales analysis enthusiasts are already well aware that some of January's most anticipated games did not become January's bestselling games. While some new properties, like THQ's Darksiders, managed a top ten showing, some settled for the top 20. » 2/15/10 6:40pm 2/15/10 6:40pm

NPD Instant Analysis: Things You Should Note

Danger. You are at risk of discussing January's U.S. video game sales data without the proper analysis at the ready. Grab a marker and consider scribbling the following cheat-sheet notes on your hand. » 2/11/10 7:40pm 2/11/10 7:40pm

Nintendo Is January's Hardware Winner Once Again

Wii fever swept the United States in January, another 465,000 units of Nintendo's white wonder snatched up by consumers. Hey, when you're selling that many copies of New Super Mario Bros. you're gonna need a Wii to play it on. » 2/11/10 7:00pm 2/11/10 7:00pm

New Super Mario Bros. Wii Was January's Biggest Game In The U.S.

Nintendo's New Super Mario Bros. Wii had a big January, following its 2.8 million copies sold in December '09 with another 650,000-plus copies to Mario-hungry Wii owners in the United States. » 2/11/10 6:45pm 2/11/10 6:45pm

The 2010 Console War, According To Activision

Publisher Activision Blizzard is hoping for a better year for the video game industry in 2010, expecting retail and digital sales to up 8 percent in the U.S. and Europe. And it's calling the Wii to perform strongest this year. » 2/10/10 7:40pm 2/10/10 7:40pm