Master Chief saves the US games market

The US results are in and Halo 3 has singlehandedly lead the charge on what can only be described as an unbelievably phenomenal month in September.

The figures compiled by US analysts, the NPD Group, make very impressive reading, especially if you happen to be a Microsoft or Bungie employee. But first things first and the month of September recorded total US games market sales of $1.36 billion. That's about £13.58 at current exchange rates – probably – but it's also a mighty 74% increase on the previous month. Jeepers!

According to NPD analysts it's mostly down to the enormo-success of Halo 3 too. Indeed, the three variants of the game – the Standard, Limited and Legendary editions – racked up 3.3 million copies shifted between them. This not only gave Microsoft the most popular game by a yawning chasm of a margin but gave it the best-selling console too. Yup, thanks to the platform-shifting prowess of Halo 3 the Xbox 360 saw off stiff competition from the Wii and DS, selling 527,800 units versus 501,000 and 495,800 respectively. Meanwhile the wheels fell off the PS3 bandwagon, which sold only a relatively paltry 119,400 boxes in comparison. Oh dear.

All things taken into account this awesome month has contributed much to an already record-breaking year in the US. Total sales now stand at $9.37 billion which is currently ahead 47% on last year. No doubt it'll all crash horribly in the not too distant future and conkers'll come back into fashion. In the meantime take a butcher's at the US software sales totals for September, which vividly illustrate that yawning chasm we were talking about earlier…:

1. Halo 3 (all 3 editions) – 3.3 million
2. Wii Play (Wii) – 282K
3. Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS) – 224K
4. Madden NFL 08 (PS2) – 205K
5. Skate (Xbox 360) – 175K
6. Madden NFL 08 (Xbox 360) – 173K
7. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii) – 167K
8. Bioshock (Xbox 360) – 150K
9. Brain Age 2 (DS) – 141K
10. Heavenly Sword (PS3) – 139K

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EDF 20174074d ago

THe PS3 gets OWNED major once again, not only in quality games but sales as well. It's a lose - lose for the PS3.

gunnerforlife4074d ago

what u say quality, the last time i checked a 620fps game aint quality.

socomnick4074d ago

lol dude I wish games did run at 620 fps. If your gonna insult a bad ass game like halo 3 you sir are no gamer just a fanboy . Halo looks nice on my hdtv .

ASSASSYN 36o4074d ago (Edited 4074d ago )

Hey gunner...your a level 9 idiot. I wish Halo 3 ran at 620 fps heck I would take 70 fps and that would be amazing quality.

creeping judas4074d ago

"what u say quality, the last time i checked a 620fps game aint quality."

that easily wins the worst burn ever!!!!!

Jdash244074d ago (Edited 4073d ago )

uhhh no.....thats 620 frames per second......your thinking of 640p.......see thats a resolution.....again fps is frames per second

EDIT: guys.......its not 620.......its 640!!!!

just trying to help you get the facts straight

Lacarious4074d ago

yes... H3 multiplayer is fun and the story is pure garbage but having a next gen super hyped up been worked on for 3+ years and bungie was supposed to "get it right" this time (see Halo 2) mixed in with sidebar garbage during co-op 620p resolution is str8 up garbage.

next gen is supposed to be next gen. 620p is not next gen. 620p equals lazy ass programmers\managers\directors \VP's trying to make boat loads of $$$$$$$ by doing less work (see EA).

So yeah... the dumbazz fugged up by putting a FPS at the end of it but he's still right.

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SmokeyMcBear4074d ago

wow madden 08 on the ps2 at number 4.. interesting

ItsDubC4074d ago (Edited 4074d ago )

I wasn't aware that the US games market needed saving so I think this title is a little overdramatic. In any case, Halo 3 set fire to the US game sales charts just as everyone expected. And ya, Madden 08 on PS2 being at number 4 to me means that there are still a lot of PS2-owners out there who don't own any of the 3 new consoles, which will likely translate into HUGE console hardware sales this holiday when these gamers decide to jump into the current console generation.

games4fun4074d ago

I'd argue that the us game market was actually hurt by halo look at the numbers under it, good job for halo more power to you but you pretty much ruined other games, so if a quality game released in competition with halo 3 it actually hurts that company and their future games may not come out. And as a gamer and not a loyal fanboy to one machine one game it is bad.

skarn4074d ago (Edited 4074d ago )

I'd agree, but if i look at the other top-sellers only one or two of them are something that would even remotely interest me anyway, seeing as how i only got a 360.

ZeroXMD4073d ago

The title made me mad. I'll be the first to admit, Halo is a damn good game, but it isn't the Almighty king like everyone shouts that it is. Nintendo saved the american games market back in the 80's, and that was the last time it needed saving. Halo is A game. It just so happens that it was A game that carried A console. Do you really think everyone who bought a 360 bought it for other games? Basically, 360 and xbox are a poor mans pc, with pc ports and a few xclusives. It is just that it has a company that has openly wanted to Monopolize Entertainment behind them. If Microsoft wasn't behind Xbox, it would have died after the first year. BTW, halo on pc is better. (to Yoyorast!)

SuicidalTendencies4074d ago (Edited 4074d ago )

That is why Sony needs to drop support of the PS2. Force these consumers to buy a next gen system and see what happens. As long as these casual gamers and few hardcore gamers can still buy a Madden game on the PS2, why should they upgrade their systems?


Do you honestly believe Sony is happy about the PS2 still selling well and the PS3 selling like crap? They were expecting PS2 owners to already move on to the PS3, and they haven't. Besides, how much money could they be making on the PS2? It sells over here for 130 USD. How much money could they be making on the system now? I'm sure They would rather have the PS3 selling well.

AllanWakker4074d ago

"That is why Sony needs to drop support of the PS2."

Why? Sony is making a massive amount of money on the PS2 hardware. Almost every PS2 owner I know has a gigantic backlog of PS2 titles still to be finished and huge numbers of 19.99 Greatest Hits still to pick up.

The PS2 will ease out gradually as the PS3 takes over and those 115 million PS2 owners upgrade as the PS3's price hits their personal trigger level over the next five years.

Lex Luthor4074d ago

Still dissapointed in the seriously crappy amount Heavenly sword has sold :(

ASSASSYN 36o4074d ago

I didn't even now heavenly sword came out yet. Sad.

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