Madden's Millions Rule August Software Sales

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Why is this man smirking? His EA Sports division sold over 2.3 million copies of Madden NFL 09 to U.S. gamers last month, putting a serious hurting on the competition and lining up with his "prediction." Madden performed best on the Xbox 360, with over a million copies sold for that platform alone. The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 versions sold over a million combined, so we doubt Peter Moore will be playing favorites. While Madden intercepted the top three spots in August's NPD software sales chart, Nintendo nabbed the next three, with Wii Fit, Mario Kart and Wii Play continuing to show well. But what about August's other attention grabbing debut, Too Human? See for yourself.01. Madden NFL 09 (Xbox 360) - 1,000,000 02. Madden NFL 09 (PS3) - 643,000 03. Madden NFL 09 (PS2) - 424,500 04. Wii Fit (Wii) - 394,900 05. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) - 328,700 06. Wii Play (Wii) - 200,200 07. Soulcalibur IV (Xbox 360) - 174,000 08. Too Human (Xbox 360) - 168,200 09. Madden NFL 09 (Wii) - 115,800 10. Guitar Hero: On Tour (DS) - 111,200 Not a bad showing for Silicon Knights' Xbox 360 exclusive, especially in light of Too Human's mixed reception, but not exactly a good one either. We're a little more than impressed by Soulcalibur IV's second month showing on the charts, given its solid sales the previous month. Given that it was released here very late in July, however, we can't say we're too surprised. And Wii Play? We'll let NPD Group analyst Anita Frazier convey just how well that title continues to perform. "Wii Play continues its remarkable track record, achieving a 44% attach rate to new Wii hardware sales for the month," Frazier wrote. "It has remained a top-10 game each month since it's February 2007 introduction." And with no Wii remote shortage! Overall, folks in the United States dropped $550.67 million on video game software in August. Thanks to the NPD Group for providing us with monthly software sales data.

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DarthTigris
Darth Tigris

Too Human continues the long SK tradition of games not selling big. But considering it had almost NO mainstream marketing whatsoever (not even a TV commercial, folks), I guess these numbers should be expected.

But ... I'm shockingly addicted to the game and can't stop playing it. Me and my cousin just recently started playing co-op for the first time and hit level 50 together and are now searching for Elite sets. And he just now realized about the Charm quests (the manual and even in game stuff is horrible in explaining the complexities of the game). People are missing out on this one and it honestly deserves better sales despite its flaws.