Americas Sales for the Week Ending January 31, 2009

The week ending January 31, 2009 saw a rise in console sales compared to both the previous year and the previous week. Total video game hardware sales grew 31% from the previous week due to replenishing product supply and the distribution of tax rebate checks. Wii sold nearly 320,000 units to lead, nearly three times the volume of any other console and close to ten times the volume of what PS2 sold for the week. Even the DS was topped by Wii by 33%. Sony's PS3 saw only a 12,000 unit jump in sales from the previous week, allowing Microsoft's Xbox 360 to outsell PS3 by 80% this week.

Wii - 318,863
DS - 240,014
XBox 360 - 116,543
PSP - 87,189
PS3 - 65,269
PS2 - 31,542

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Capt CHAOS3593d ago

Wait there.. I head a trampeed.. Here they come..

chrisnick3593d ago

but i think sony needs to discontinue the ps2, they're making money of it and selling alot of consoles with the 3 combined, but i think its hurting ps3 sales. Then again, if they're still not making a profit off of the ps3 i know they are with the ps2 and psp...but i think in america at may be time for them to umm..."microsoft" the old black beast.

Nuch Vader3593d ago

Yeah, they should discontinue Playstation 2 and re-implement Backward compatibility into Playstation 3.

JhawkFootball063593d ago

Seems like xbox 360 is always ahead of ps3 in sales....thats a good thing

Voiceofreason3593d ago

He means "Stampede", just excuse him. Sony fan trying to take away from what the article is saying because Sony is in last place yet again.
When PS3 is winning though he'll be here to cheer it on and talk about how important those sales numbers are when they reflect well on his chosen console.

Pennywise3593d ago

Oh the typical crowd is here. No doubt.

Well, 360 sold more. It is the bestest console in the whole entire worldzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Better?

Kushan3593d ago

Discontinuing the PS2 won't do them any good at all. Do the maths, even if you assumed that if the PS2 was discontinued, anyone who was about to buy it bought a PS3 instead, it still wouldn't have outsold the 360. Combined sales of the PS3 and PS2 are 96,811.
Sony actually makes money off the PS2's hardware, so they're not dumping it any time soon - and nor should they.

cereal_killa3593d ago

chrisnick & Nuch Vader

I have to disagree its the profits of the PS2 and PSP that is keeping the PS3 from going into more debt until they can get manufacturing cost down to turn a profit on its own the PS2 should stay.

SRU96003593d ago

I thought Killzone 2 was going to sell consoles? :D

Oh well, there is always (insert overhyped game here).

PirateThom3593d ago

Killzone 2 isn't out for 3 weeks...:-/

gamesmaster3593d ago (Edited 3593d ago )

wonder what worldwide sales figures will be like, very differant to these i would think.

but then again america is the only country in the world isn't it?

iHEARTboobs3593d ago (Edited 3593d ago )

The game isn't even out yet, genius. If you really want to see if it sold consoles you'd have to look at the end of Feb, and march sales.

@Voice: Being a tool isn't cool.

edit: @SRU9600 - Yeah i've heard it's supposed to move some consoles. But usually, if a game is credited with moving consoles it's within the time period of the games release.

SRU96003593d ago (Edited 3593d ago )

The hype alone was supposed to move millions of PS3's, hadn't you heard?

soxfan20053593d ago

"Killzone 2 isn't out for 3 weeks...:-/"

It's not out yet? But I thought it had already been crowned game of the year, decade, and century already?

Joey Greco RULES3593d ago (Edited 3593d ago )

normally I would say "oh man, its just vgchartz, ignore it and wait for NPD".
But lately, NPDs numbers have shown even BIGGER gaps between the 3, which is even worse news for the Sony kids out there.

Anyway, like I said, NOTHING NEW HERE. Call that a fanboy comment if you like, but if you check the past history of the sales charts, you'll see the trend. Thats a fact, not an opinion. Get over it.

And If sony wants to make some more money, they could start by making EVERY PS3 backwards compatible with PS2. Its not a solution, but its a start. (and no, im not saying scrap the ps2 either)

SRU96003593d ago

"but then again america is the only country in the world isn't it?"

No, just the only one that matters.

soxfan20053593d ago

The US is not the only country that matters, but it is, by FAR, the largest as far as sales. The US alone accounts for 30-40% of all worldwide sales - no other country even comes close.

SRU96003593d ago (Edited 3593d ago )

That was my point, soxfan2005.

For that reason, american gamer's desires drive the market.

gamesmaster3593d ago (Edited 3593d ago )

"american gamer's desires drive the market."

"its just the only country that matters"

yeah........ 30 to 40% of the gaming market is the only bit that matters, that other +60% is irrelevant.

ignorance is bliss

SRU96003593d ago (Edited 3593d ago )

America pwns the world.

Deal with it.

Bladestar3593d ago (Edited 3593d ago )

@gamesmaster - yeah... because Sony controls 100% of the %60 the other region represent. Right?

Let's also not forget that a developer rather the 40% you are trying to undermined are under one set of rules and 1 language. The 60% you are referring to represent many languages and regions many of which some developers do not even ship their games to. Many games do not even come out in countries like Germany.

You are not looking at the big picture.

At developer can make 1 game in English and capture 40% of the game industry not to mention the UK and other English speaking countries which is kind of funny but the xbox 360 kind of controls over the PS3...

Yeah.. sure the PS3 sales well in Japan, Germany, Spain and other countries... but developer also have to spend a ton of money localizing those games, shipping it and dealing with each government set of rules and bans.

You have to do a little more reading when it comes to global marketing. You have a better chance of generating more revenue by selling a product to the same target audience and demographic than to try to market it a bunch of people from different countries and cultures. 100 console and games at a time. This is why Kill Zone 2 will never sell as much as Halo 3 can. Because FPS appeals more to the west and the PS3 does not lead in the west.

I do not have to try to explain this much... why do you think the PS3 is on 3rd? Did you know that Sony sold 60-70% of all PS2 games and consoles in the US?

You see.. it's proven the xbox 360 can still be on top of the PS3 without Japan, Germany and France... lol... that's the case now... but the PS3 will always be on 3rd unless they control the US and the UK region since they represent the biggest pie.


@gamesmaster - now you sound desperate. Where in my comment do I say, "but to say its the only one that matters is just plain ignorant."? Which is strange because you kind of, "i get your point that usa is the most significant market,"..

the point I am trying to make is. The US is the most significant region for the game industry and as proven this generation. The xbox 360 does not need Japan, Germany or France to beat the PS3 in terms of global sales.

If Sony want to move up the ladder and not stay on 3rd they are going to have to beat the xbox 360 in UK and the US. Period.

gamesmaster3593d ago (Edited 3593d ago )

what are you talking about, where does microsoft and sony come in to mine and sru's debate..

we're talking about regions and what market impact they have, dont bring your console war to me, i dont want to hear it.

where did i say 60% is sony, when did i even mention sony? are you seeing things? and what you think that 40% usa market is purely micosoft. get over yourself.

from sru's post it was clear that he thinks the rest of the world is irrelevant i was pointing out that it clearly isn't. take your fanboy goggles off and realise that not everybody is in MS or sony's corner.

EDIT: i get your point that usa is the most significant market, but to say its the only one that matters is just plain ignorant.

EDIT: why are you talking about ps3 and xbox sales? it was never even part of my debate, this is my point, i just said that console sales figures are irrelivant to mine and sru's debate yet thats all you EVER talk about. just stop. I AGREE THAT USA IS MOST SIGNIFICANT MARKET!!!! i'm saying that you cant ignore the rest of the world. what is your problem? do you view everyone as either ps3 or xbox fanboys? i feel sorry for you.

this is the bottom line, and this is where you have completely missed my point.

usa is most significant market, but to ignore the rest of the worlds markets is short sighted. to which you reply, blah blah xbox sales blah blah 3rd place ps3 blah blah blah WHAT THE **** DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH MY POINT!

Strikepackage Bravo3593d ago

should not discontinue the PS2 because right now it is competing with the 360 arcade. If they drop the PS2 those buyers will go to the Arcade, not the PS3.

People in the market for a 150 to 200 dollar console don't just go pickup 400 to 500 dollar consoles on a whim.

heroicjanitor3593d ago

Also MS controls 100% of America. Sony has a bigger share of the rest of the world. Microsoft has a bigger share in America. But 360 was out a year earlier.

gamesmaster3593d ago

its clear that no matter how i try to get my point accross it just wont work. unless i speak in terms of console sales nothing will ever penetrate your skull.

i'm not arguing for or against any console, infact consoles dont even come into it, which is what i'm trying to say.

Pennywise3593d ago

Bladestar I have such a hard time taking anyone seriously who cant tell the difference between sales and sells.

ThatCanadianGuy3593d ago

LOL! Bladestar..

I can't help but laugh every time i read one of his comments.
I always picture this obese 15 year old foaming at the mouth
While trying to convince everyone he's right..

Why dis3593d ago (Edited 3593d ago )

He never said:

"but to say its the only one that matters is just plain ignorant."

I stop reading your comments after that PS3 fan forced argument tactic.

Theres no *LOL* about it, PS3 is getting beat.

gamesmaster3593d ago

are you referring to me? ps3 fan forced argument tactic?

so i see you've labeled me as a ps3 fan already, same way you do to anyone that has a different point of view to yours.

well done, you succeed at being as short sighted as bladestar right now.

you know the entire world isnt only ps3 and xbox fanboys.

Danja3593d ago

well all systems still doing pretty good numbers Wii is out of this world...

PS3 sales will rise eventually.....not worried one bit...dont see wat all the jib-jabbing above is for...

the 360 sells more than the PS3 wasn't this expected ?? N4G hasn't changed one bit since

Homicide3593d ago

"Oh the typical crowd is here. No doubt."

You mean the Sony boys who try to spin anything negative about the PS3 by stating "sales don't matter, just wait for ________ game, they got paid by MS or this website is biased against PS3."

Pennywise3593d ago (Edited 3593d ago )

Danja - 11 minutes ago
1.32 -
well all systems still doing pretty good numbers Wii is out of this world...

PS3 SELLS will rise eventually.....not worried one bit...dont see wat all the jib-jabbing above is for...

the 360 SALES more than the PS3 wasn't this expected ?? N4G hasn't changed one bit since

^Just a quick edit so Bladestar can understand it.

@homicide I was referring to the same crowd in every single sales article.zzzzzzzzzz GAMES>SALES. I dunno maybe that is an old school gamers mentality. But you know... I have my weakness's too --Like not being able to resist pouncing on the imbeciles.

dantesparda3593d ago (Edited 3593d ago )

The 360 fanboys are out in droves on this article eh? Both sides like vgchartz when it agrees with them and hate it wont it dont. Youse are both the same, just fanboys.

And Voice of Treason, Chaos is a 360 fanboy, [email protected]!

Mini Mario3593d ago (Edited 3593d ago )

""but then again america is the only country in the world isn't it?"

No, just the only one that matters."

yeh real nice. And to those who agreed. Shame on u.

Europe, Japan, Australia/NZ..we dont matter. Uh huh

"America pwns the world.

Deal with it. "

Offical Douche bag


"The US is not the only country that matters, but it is, by FAR, the largest as far as sales. The US alone accounts for 30-40% of all worldwide sales - no other country even comes close."

So ur saying.......that your 30-40% is more than the 60-70% thats left over from the other countries>>>>? Who cares about if it has the most sales of ONE country. ONE country doesnt buy all the games/consoles


"No, just the only one that matters."

No ONE of MANY that matters

paul-p19883592d ago

2 things to not worry about here

1: Its only america, and they only seem to love the 360 (which, for the life of me, i cant work out why considering they break all the time).
and 2: its a fact that people hold off buying a console until a bundle they want turns up. Wait till the end of this month and the 360 will be getting dominated as the Killzone 2 bundles get released.

Doesnt bother me though, im in a different part of the world that realises that once they have been shafted once, they tend not to go back for a second offering :)

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happyface3593d ago

wtf r u high?

this numbers aren't awesome, ps3 is getting destroyed, are you just a xbox fan?

Joey Greco RULES3593d ago (Edited 3593d ago )

did you ever consider why he/she said that?
did you ever consider it, WITHOUT using fanboy logic?
Probably not, but let me help you--

because he/she like video games in general.
because he/she is glad to see the gaming market do so well.

dont be such a tool..

Silellak3593d ago (Edited 3593d ago )

Yeah! What do you mean "awesome"!? How dare you be an XBox fan on N4G? Your kind is not welcome here! Differing opinions are for losers and communists!

The fact that hardware solid increased from last week is irrelevant unless it's the PS3 that's succeeding!! IF SONY CAN'T BE FIRST THEN WHO CARES ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF THE REST OF THE MARKETPLACE?!

sak5003593d ago

Well said man +bubbles.

Anyway, this is VG charts we all know how they fared when their predictions for ps3 turned out to be higher than actuals.

heroicjanitor3593d ago

Happyface is a huge 360 fanboy, and was being sarcastic.

xT-Virusx3592d ago

seems to be doing very good then. At this point i dont see why fanboys argue because neither one of the three consoles will be leaving. The competition by the way will only drive each company to do better so good news for me.

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Socomer 19793593d ago

65,269 more online players and 87,189 more psp wi-fi users !
awesome. If i tap your shoulder on the street its because you have a psp and i want to battle via game sharing. dont be afraid i only want to challenge my limits.

wiizy3593d ago

this is the year wii pulls away for good. with great games and a possible price drop. its widely expected to own january. so haters time to cry again.

panasonic233593d ago

the wii is on another planet.

SiLeNt KNighT3593d ago

barbies sell millions every year also...

Mini Mario3593d ago (Edited 3593d ago )

"barbies sell millions every year also..."

Funny u should say that coz "barbie" (the doll) really made a name for herself in a game on the ps2, such as-

"Barbie Horse Adventures: Wild Horse Rescue"

and bratz..lets not forget them

"Bratz: Forever Diamondz
Bratz: Rock Angelz"

btw theres plenty more "childish" games on the ps2, but if i posted all of them it would take up three forum pages...or more.

TheColbertinator3593d ago

Vgchartz,the home of the whopper

Motorstorm 2 sold 1 million in 2008

According to vgchartz it has not passed 760,000


I'll wait for NPD instead

Voiceofreason3593d ago

Oh I see what you did there. You are confusing shipped numbers with sold numbers. They shipped 1 million last year that doesnt mean 1 million sold to PS3 owners just yet. NPD doesnt track shipped numbers either and that is where VGchartz gets most of its information from. When NPD is released they will change their numbers to reflect it, but they will not be updated to include the number of copies shipped to retailers.

read disc error3593d ago (Edited 3593d ago )

December 2008

VGchartz - PS3 740,675
NPD - PS3 726,000

November 2008

VGchartz - PS3 439,695
NPD - PS3 378,000

Its is clear VG chartz has been over-tracking PS3 sales in North America for awhile now. Let's wait for NPD.


They don't change their numbers to match NPD as you can plainly see.

PirateThom3593d ago

My God, look at their front page.

They're tracking the 360's shipped numbers, which Microsoft themselves said was 28m shipped.

Meanwhile, they have Sony at 20m, even though Sony's SOLD numbers are 21m.

read disc error3593d ago (Edited 3593d ago )

Sony never releases "sold" numbers so I'd be interested if you show a link as proof that this 21 million number is true.

If I'm a Sony fanboy then I love VGchartz because for the most part they over-track PS3 sales compared to NPD.


Wow. That article is flat out wrong. Sony is projecting those sales through the end of march 2009. And being extremely optimistic in doing so, I might add. Somebody should fire that Gamespot writer.

straight from their website--

TheColbertinator3593d ago (Edited 3593d ago )

VGChartz doesn't get their numbers from NPD.They estimate based on their own sources.And Motorstorm 2 did SELL a million according to Sony,not shipped.Not that I care since I don't like Motorstorm.

Also vgchartz reported in December littlebigplanet sold 1.5 million.I was skeptical of this claim and sure enough 3 weeks later Sony said they had only sold 1.3 million.Where did vgchartz get the 200,000 from? Their ass is where they got them.

I'm merely aiding people who want the cold real numbers and don't want the deception of vgchartz.

I have reported when vgchartz said

Lbp sold 1.5 million

Sony sold 20 million consoles

and every other monthly sales figure

and every single article that vgchartz has had since May.

@Read disc error

Thats correct

Vgchartz has been guilty of over loading PS3 and 360 sales numbers back and forth and then NPD comes to destroy their false numbers within the next week.

BRG90003593d ago

Sony sells consoles and games to retailers. That is its business, and that is what matters to its financial reports. Whether the products reach the hands of gamers is irrelevant. So when it talks about sales in a financial report context, it is talking about how many it has shipped to retailers.

The NPDs track (and vgcharts estimates) games actually reaching the hands of gamers, because that is a better indicator of the health and status of the gaming industry.

PirateThom3593d ago

Exactly my point. VGChartz are tracking PS3s below what Sony has shipped (and Sony changed their numbers last year to sold to consumers and you can't lie to shareholders, but for the sake of this argument, let's assume it's shipped to retailers), but Microsoft actively said they shipped 28m 360s and VGChartz hasn't moved their estimate down to 27m or whatever.

Sony say "sold" VGChartz say "shipped".
Microsoft say "shipped" VGChartz say "sold"

They're also overtracking the Wii by a million based on Nintendo's sold figures.

It doesn't seem odd that Sony is the only one they've adjusted down 1m, while Microsoft stay the same and Nintendo are adjusted +1?

read disc error3593d ago (Edited 3593d ago )

Total confirmed sales up until FY2008 Q2 - 16.84 million
Projected sales up until the end of FY2008 Q3 (ending March 2009) - 21.3 million

21.3 million is a projection from Sony themselves set back at the beginning of the fiscal year 08 Q3. They have not sold 21 million yet and who says they will considering they were off by a sizable margin in their last earnings projection. Hence, the emergency revision announcement in January. Love or hate VGchartz their numbers are typically in Sony's favor compared to NPD and they're usually not off by enough to incite massive flamewars.

Voiceofreason3593d ago

Plainly see? How do you get that? I go there all the time and can easily see that they do indeed change their numbers to reflect NPD and other sources. You just completely failed to comprehend what was being said. There is a difference in sold and shipped. Steven was comparing shipped numbers to sold numbers.

VGChartz doesnt lie and go back and change their estimates, I never said they did. They change the main tracking numbers to reflect NPD data and not teir own, even if they leave their estiamtes up so people can see how far they were off.

@steven, According to Sony? who uses shipped numbers for sold? Your not helping your case here. Also VGchartz does use NPD. They do their own estiamtes yes but they also change what their trackers show when NPD and other sources come out. You guys obviously never go there and get all your info on the site from N4g because you guys are clueless to how they work

Product3593d ago

Actually Voice is right on this one......if you go to Vgchartz on many occasions they change their numbers when NPD data is released.It happens every month.

Unfortunately there really isnt any other video game tracking site besides this and a few others, besides who cares what sales better.I go there to see if a game when released is doing well enough to maybe merit a sequel.
I understand these are estimates though and you guys just take them way to seriously.

mint royale3592d ago

Are you seriously suggesting Sony's figures are sold to consumers? No company gives sold to consumer numbers. They can't. How would they monitor every store around the world and see whos buying stuff? Its impossible. The best figures they can give is the ones they have sold to retailers and it is the sold to retialers figure they report becuase it is the retailers who pay them the money. Sony don't sell to us they sell to retailers and the retailers sell to us. If any of the big 3 had better figures why do they place so much emphasis on NPD? Answer- they don't have any better figures.

You are correct when you suggest that sony changed the way they report figures. They changed from sold to warehouses (their own) to sold to retailers in line with Nintendo and MS.

Also I don't understand your criticisms of vgchartz wii numbers. Nintendo confirmed that they had shipped over 45 million consoles to retailers by the end of 2008 and vgchartz estimates that they have just sold 46 million to consumers byb february. That seems perfectly reasonable to me...

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