Nintendo Games Dominate Overall Wii, DS Sales

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Sure, that headline reads like "sky is blue", but retail data firm The NPD Group today released figures showing just how reliant Nintendo software sales are on, well, Nintendo games.


For the 2009 calendar year, total revenue for games sold on Nintendo platforms was $3.23 billion. Of which Nintendo games constituted $1.53 billion. Or, 47%.

In terms of unit sales, there were 72.4 million games sold on Nintendo platforms last year, of which 27.5 million were published by Nintendo. More of a discrepancy there, then, but that's chiefly because Nintendo sold some expensive games (Wii Fit's bundle in particular) while other publishers sold "bargain bin" titles.


The data comes courtesy of industry analyst Michael Pachter, who provided further NPD details like:

- Guitar Hero: World Tour was outsold by not only Rock Band 2, but Just Dance, Cabela's Big Game Hunter, Deal or No Deal, The Biggest Loser and Jillian Michaels 2009 as well.

- The biggest-selling third party games (as in, those not published by Nintendo) were Mario & Sonic, EA Sports Active, Lego Star Wars, Madden 10, Tiger Woods 10, Deca Sports, Game Party and Rock Band 2

- Dead Space Extraction was the 261st best-selling game on the Wii last year. For shame.


Third Party Wii Games [michaelpachter@NeoGAF]

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Dead Space sold like crap because EA was complete idiots and had no ads for it. Same story as most third party titles. Third parties for some reason refuse to run proper ad campaigns. Yet coretards completely and utterly seem to forget this when going "Omg, third parties are leaving in droves"

The great irony of this is that EA, one of the primary people crying about poor sales, has one of the biggest selling games on the system. SportsActive is EA's most profitable new IP. And they run ads all freaking day long for it. Maybe if they put that same effort into running ads for Dead Space, it would have sold better!

There's a load of great third party titles on the Wii, but when the bulk of the market has no idea that they are out or even what they are about, the sales are gonna stagnate, because we all know that core games, regardless of their unwarrented self important syndrome don't translate into massive sales on any system.