Video games need a top ten list. Movies have them, music has them, but the video game industry still hasn't found a solid way to track the country's most popular video games, according to Michael Gallagher, president of the Entertainment Software Association.
Remember that NPD study that defined extreme gamers as people who average 48.5 hours of play time a week? G4's Patrick Klepek got two of these gamers to explain themselves.
The average U.S. gamer is spending more time gaming than ever before, but only 4% of the gaming population is classified by the NPD Group as "Extreme Gamers." What kind of gamer are you?
According to retail research firm the NPD Group, the biggest-selling accessory in the United States is not a controller, memory card or chatpad. It's a pre-paid points card for an online gaming service.
The PlayStation 2 deservedly holds the record as the top-selling video game console of all time. It won't, however, hold the record for much longer.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Despite the recession and a drop in video game sales last year, December was the biggest month in the history of video games.
Nintendo hardware dominated the holidays last year, with the Wii and Nintendo DS crushing the hardware competition, according to new sales figures from the NPD Group.
The U.S. video game industry may have a down year and Wii sales may have dropped considerably from 2008, but Nintendo still has something to brag about this year. Sales of its video games are still kicking everyone else's ass.