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Aug NPD: Wii hold strong, PS3 drops off, 360 sees big gains

Video game sales continued their strong growth this year, up 46% over the same period last year. The figure is more surprising considering August is usually a slow month for the gaming business, as consumers wait for the huge Holiday blockbusters.

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Naruto3420d ago

Nintendo wins again
360 just had the PRICE DROP EFFECT
PS3 is near the Same as LAST MONTH

MalcomGrasley3420d ago

Microsoft is in serious trouble with the 360 with these numbers. Both a price cut and their one big franchise getting released this month and they didn't even make it to 300k.

All the talk about people going out and buying 360s to play Halo 3 is obviously nothing more than pipe dreams.

Hugh Hefner3420d ago

You are nuts if you think this isn't a huge gain for Microsoft. It didn't break 300,000? Well guess what, it had not surpassed 200,000 since almost forever.

Also, the PS3 couldn't even make it to 160k with a price drop that doubled the MS one.

ArduousAndy3420d ago

malcom what are you talking about this just reflex augusts sales halo is september. We will see what Halo does to the 360 next month.

MaximusPaynicus3420d ago

That one big franchise (Halo) doesn't see the light of day until September 25th -- expect to see sharp increases in Xbox 360 numbers when the September NPD figures are released.

tplarkin73420d ago

Bioshock could have tanked. It's a new IP. It only get better for MS now thru Jan.

By the way... What happened to Metroid Prime 3? I thought it outsold Bioshock?

Bioshock sold 490K
Metroid Prime sold 218K

MalcomGrasley3420d ago

You're living in fantasy land if you think there is going to be a surge of people going out and buying 360s after Halo 3 has already come out. Anyone who wanted to play Halo 3 will have already bought the console by this week.

After Halo 3 Microsoft's exclusive lineup is looking very weak. They were counting on GTA IV being out for the holidays to help move systems. Now it is pretty much just Halo 3 and Mass Effect. Mass Effect just isn't the type of game that is going to get people to go out and buy a console just for it.

2008 is looking very bleak for Microsoft releases. The past two big gaming shows have been duds for Microsoft and TGS doesn't look like they have anything big to announce. After this blip in sales for Halo and the price cut things are going to be looking bad for the 360. Up until now one could always say "Wait for Halo 3 to arrive" but now it has and it hasn't made much of an impact. Now what?

WilliamRLBaker3420d ago

Aug NPD....halo 3 isn't till september...

MalcomGrasley3420d ago

"Aug NPD....halo 3 isn't till september..."

Right...all those people Xbox fans have been claiming have been desperately waiting to buy 360s are going to wait until after the game ships to go out and buy the game.

Yeah right...

Everyone who wants Halo 3 has already bought 360s. Just like back to when Halo 2 was released. Xbox fans were going on and on about just wait until Halo 2 hits. Halo 2 came and went. A bit of a bump in sales and then right back to normal.

Halo 3 is going to sell to almost exactly the same group of people who bought the first two Halo games. Almost entirely North America Xbox fans. The belief that Halo 3 would somehow spark 360 sales never made sense. Gamers who didn't want to play Halo last gen weren't going to just out of the blue suddenly get the desire to play Halo 3 - especially when Halo 3 is so, uh, similar to the previous two games.

Instead of expanding and diversifying their first party line up Microsoft has foolishly bought in to their own Halo hype and put huge amounts of money hyping the game thinking they were going to make a huge impact on console sales. But in the end that money and effort is going to be wasted. Marketing is going to make Nintendo and Sony gamers from last gen want to play Halo.

razer3420d ago

I see you joined the site only 1 hour ago and you are already posting nonsense!

Just what this site needs another anti-MS FUD spreading fanboy..

Sangheili853420d ago (Edited 3420d ago )

When you considering it that way he could be right.. Think about it Metal Gear and Final Fantasy aren't going to sale PS3's because the fans already own a PS3 right? i mean right?

NOT RIGHT!

ArduousAndy3420d ago

"You're living in fantasy land if you think there is going to be a surge of people going out and buying 360s after Halo 3 has already come out. Anyone who wanted to play Halo 3 will have already bought the console by this week."

The only one here in a fantasy land is you my friend halo 3 does not come out till September 25th.

"After Halo 3 Microsoft's exclusive lineup is looking very weak. They were counting on GTA IV being out for the holidays to help move systems. Now it is pretty much just Halo 3 and Mass Effect. Mass Effect just isn't the type of game that is going to get people to go out and buy a console just for it."

Dude everyone was counting on GTA IV. Rockstar lost its Holiday. MS and Ps3 both lost a sales driver for this holiday season. And the fans of the series are being forced to wait even longer now.
As far as the "Just halo 3 and Mass Effect" line of yours. You are also forgetting the entire library that is out currently for the 360 and the PS3. Face it the "new hot games" only work for the people that are hard core for there system. Someone that buys there system right now at this moment or during the holidays will be introduced for the first time to games like Gears of War and Dead Rising. Just like anyone that buys a PS3 this holiday season will not only be exposed to games like Heavenly Sword but also games like Motor storm and Resistance. Thats not even including the back catalogue of PS2 games and Xbox games that work on this new generation.
The only line up right now thats looking weak lets be honest is the PS3. One of its heavy hitters (lair) bombed. Heavenly Sword looks promising I just do not like the fact that the game which was put on a peddle stool by fanboys on how much info the blu-ray can hold is only 6-7 hrs long. The fact that it is very similiar in game play to God of war does not even bother me.

"2008 is looking very bleak for Microsoft releases. The past two big gaming shows have been duds for Microsoft and TGS doesn't look like they have anything big to announce. After this blip in sales for Halo and the price cut things are going to be looking bad for the 360. Up until now one could always say "Wait for Halo 3 to arrive" but now it has and it hasn't made much of an impact. Now what?"

The reason why 2008 may have seemed bleak (which changed as of TGS) is because MS does not want to project look whats coming out in 2008 they want to concentrate on whats coming out now. Frankly I do not know what my future will bring. So I am not going to be planning on caring about games that I have to wait a few years for. I want to know about games that I can get in a few months. I only care about this holiday season because it is coming. I will worry about next holiday season when that happens.

razer3420d ago

Great reply!!! I don't have the patience to respond like you did.

+Bubble for you!!

MalcomGrasley3420d ago

It is funny, three or four years ago - whenever Halo 2 was released - I had the same exact types of conversations with Xbox fans.

Everything was going to change when Halo 2 hit.
Halo was just that powerful.
Everyone really needed to just accept that fact.
Halo 2 came and went.
The Xbox got a minor blip in sales that month if you go back and look at NPD.

When Halo 2 was released virtually everyone who wanted to play Halo 2 had long since bought an Xbox. To think that there are hundreds of thousands of people who want to play Halo 3 and still haven't bought a 360 is really grasping at straws.

uxo223420d ago

Notice that if you look at this guys profile. He joined N4G about an hour ago. His is nothing more than a anti-microsoft troll that created another account and is continuing to flame as a different name. His wild writing style, is similar to naism's.

Just a thought, I could be wrong, but I'm almost sure that he is not new to N4G, he's using multiple accounts.

Spreading the hate.

ArduousAndy3420d ago

halo and halo 2 were on the same system.
Halo 3 is a new platform.

Just like I can go back and show you that once FF10 came out it had a huge spike on the ps2 however each one after that, not so much because those that got 10 already had the ps2. Now when FF13 comes out you will see those people migrate from one console on to another.

No one here is Nostradamus we can not predict the future. Sept 25th may became the end of PS3, or it maybe the end of 360, or it can be just another day.

Mal your new here (unless your an alias) I'll give you some advice. This goes to all 360 and ps3 users. Do not write a check your bank cant cash. Meaning do not talk trash until after the fact.

Prime example Lair. It was on the tips of everyones tongues. It was the end for the 360. The game was considered to be a sure fire AAA and system seller.

Wanna know how that ended. I work as an ASM at gamestop. I have had about 7 Lair cancellations. And the other 8 have yet to show up. As well as my store has about 3 used copies of the game.

I fear that heavenly sword if it does not have any great replay. Then that game too will be in the used pile quickly.

Daewoodrow3420d ago

malcom, I don't think you've grasped... well anything at all really.
People don't normally see a videogame advert for something like Halo and say "wow. I'm going out right now and buying a 360". It's a CUMULATIVE EFFECT. People will see good games as more of an incentive to buy the console.

Whether you like Halo or not, it's a big deal. People WILL be impressed by it. And people will continue to be impressed by it for many months to come. it will have its biggest effect on consoles sales around the time of launch, and there will be a moderate boost in the months after. Just look at the original xbox sales after halo 2 launched, and the 360 sales when gears of War launched.

Then, there should be another substantial sales spike for christmas, when people who were impressed get the console for Christmas.

If you think The sales boost should be highest around August, then you just don't understand people at all.

WilliamRLBaker3420d ago

Aug NPD....halo 3 isn't till september...

thats the only reply you deserve child.

dantesparda3420d ago

Just look at all you 360 fanboys pile it on, one "not sweating" Halo or MS guy, and all of you's respond to him like crazy. Very protective! its one guy against like more than 10 of you's, he must have really struck a cord with you guys.

Joe3420d ago

XBOX360 sales were twice as much compared to the PS3 in August!!!

bluebrad19743420d ago

The ps3 will finish in 3rd place this gen.

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Meus Renaissance3420d ago

The next two months will get even better for the Xbox 360 as Master Chief enters the poker game, so to speak. Disappointing figures for Sony as usual - TGS all of a sudden seems so important.

E3 2006 was important. TGS 2006 was even more important. E3 2007 was crucual. TGS 2007 importance is off the scales. I don't even look at Wii sales anymore, that thing has sailed off into the sunset is in bed with its lover(s) whilst the rest are plodding along at the back.

Kokoro3420d ago

dropped but gained some software sales in madden. 360 is doing great, but a bit lower than expected
wii is still going very strong.
still waiting for each of the console makers for announcement. they have some explaining to do

Odion3420d ago

it shifted over 107k more units

nasim3420d ago

276k is not a good figure .

Bioshock sold 490k much lower than what PACHTER predicted

Dont forget PS3 sales would increase in SEPTEMBER since WARHAWK ,LAIR and HEAVENLY SWORD are being released.

In just 2 days 48k copies of LAIR and 56k copies of warhawk were sold which is very good

SEPTEMBER would be a great month for ps3 as well

gta_cb3419d ago

do you expect anyone to take your comments seriously? you always seem to talk sh!t and less people read your comments cos there ignoring you or just expecting the usual.

SmokeyMcBear3420d ago

wow.. almost 650K units of Madden Sold on the ps2.. interesting

gta_cb3419d ago

yeh its more then the PS3 and Xbox 360, but when you compare it to how many PS2s have been sold, its doing worse then the next gen consoles lol (technically it is anyway)

power of Green 3420d ago

The Wii is going to sell 100 million.. Wow the Wii is unstoppable. Can't stop somthing thats part of main stream culture. Popular opinion is the greatest weapon; its a good thing the 360 has aleast some of that.

snakeak3420d ago

you mean the popular opinion that Xboxs aren't cool?

power of Green 3420d ago

These are NPD numbers. 360 is still out selling PS3 popular or not were the poll was taken.

Gotta dissagree... I see that i'v got a hell of a fanbase.

sticky doja3420d ago

You do know that poll was just like 2,000 teens from Britain right? Not exactly a legitimate argument.