Three Thoughts on March’s NPD Software Results

NPD has released the sales results for the top 10 selling games for March and a surprise debut has claimed the top spot. One of the writers for Middle of Nowhere Gaming takes a look at three trends that emerge from the data.

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ruefrak2591d ago (Edited 2591d ago )

My one thought was, how did a game that got middling/bad reviews and no hype from the gaming press get the top spot and beat out both Zelda and Horizon? I think this clearly demonstrates that there is a large disconnect from those people who cover games and obsess over them versus those people who buy them and enjoy them. Games like Call of Duty, MLB The Show, and NBA 2k are consistently top sellers (NBA 2K nearly year round) and yet despite their tremendous popularity, none of these games will ever be mentioned in a Game of the Year conversation. Come to think of it, no sports/racing game ever gets considered for Game of the Year. It's a shame that the gaming press isn't that well rounded.

indysurfn2591d ago

Your right. And this is what I have been saying about Turn based JRPG's and Action JRPG (not including Western RPG's like the witcher or Horizon). People that hype Action JRPG's and not Turn based ones. But People still don't buy them no matter how starved they are for turn based ones.

Razzer2591d ago

People do buy them. P5 sold over a million in the West. Just because the sales are overshadowed by annualized sports games, as far as sales, that doesn't mean they don't sell at all.

indysurfn2590d ago

Razzer I think I phrased my sentence wrong I was actually trying to point out that people hype action rpg,,,,but buy turn based rpg's when a decent turn based one is available.

medman2591d ago (Edited 2591d ago )

Just because a game, or movie, or any piece of entertainment sells well, doesn't mean it's award worthy. Something can be very popular and simultaneously not a masterpiece. The two are not tied together at the hip. 50 shades of grey (among many other movies) sells many tickets and makes big dollars....does that mean it deserves an Oscar for best picture?

ruefrak2591d ago

I guess there's just different ways of looking at it. Sure, La La Land wins Best Picture while Rogue One isn't even considered. Why? People voted with their wallets and a lot more of them said they'd rather see Rogue One than La La Land or Manchester By The Sea. If the movies or games that are so highly praised by the press fail to appeal to the mass audience, then are they really that great? Or are they just films trying to please critics, who have themselves been put into an echo chamber where they tell themselves what "quality" really is.

From my experience, sometimes when you immerse yourself in a particular medium to the degree in which game reviewers or film reviewers do, you tend lose touch with what most people enjoy (who aren't as immersed). When you get to that point, different becomes refreshing. Anything different or new, becomes praised because it slaps that person in the face, but that doesn't make it better.

Razzer2591d ago

Most of those sports games are the same game every year with updated rosters.

Razzer2591d ago (Edited 2591d ago )

4 out of 10 were exclusive or console exclusive.

Damn good month for exclusives.

Legatus2591d ago (Edited 2591d ago )

It's always a good time for the awesome exclusives. Thanks Sony and Ninty for your awesome games.


Boosteroid Plans On Adding More AAAA Titles Exclusively To The Service

The VP of Marketing at Boosteroid revealed that the company is in talks with major publishers to secure exclusive games on the service.

Relientk771d 12h ago

So they're adding Skull and Bones to their service? That doesn't seem exciting at all lol.


10 Biggest Xbox Mistakes of All Time (So Far)

The Xbox brand has done a lot of good over the years, but their various blunders are pretty wild to look back on in their magnitude.

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piroh4d ago (Edited 4d ago )

Ironically number 9 can save them at this point (releasing games on multiple platforms)

ChasterMies3d ago

By “save them” you mean make more profit for Microsoft. Xbox will still be a dying hardware platform.

OtterX3d ago

You could add the naming scheme for the consoles, it just confuses customers. I know they wanted to avoid traditional numbering bc it would always be lower than their competitor, but this whole 360 then One then Series thing is confusing af. Imagine a Soccer Mom trying to figure this stuff out. I still mistakenly call the Series X the One from time to time on accident.

RNTody3d ago

Don't forget about the Xbox One, Xbox One X and Xbox Series X! Good luck to Soccer moms around the world.

S2Killinit3d ago (Edited 3d ago )

They did that on purpose to confuse and direct attention away from the generational numbering.

MS doesn’t like reminding people that they joined the industry after others had already been involved in gaming.

For instance, they called the xbox “360” to combat PlayStation “3” because they wanted to seem like “more” than “3”, so instead of xbox 2, they opted for xbox 360. Also this had the additional benefit of selling consoles to uninformed parents who might purchase a “360” instead of a “3” by mistake, or because they thought 360 was more than 3. Kind of a disingenuous move.

They have been continuing with their confusing naming patterns for pretty much the same reasons. Frankly, it fits with who and what they are as a brand.

FinalFantasyFanatic2d ago

I can understand their reasoning, but whoever came up with that naming scheme should be fired, bad naming schemes have killed consoles (I'm pretty sure it was the major reason for the downfall of the WiiU). They should have had unqiue names like Nintendo and Sega have had for their consoles, far less confusing for the consumer.

Cacabunga3d ago (Edited 3d ago )

Phil Spencer is the worst that has happened to Xbox.
They built a respectable brand up to Xbox one. Then this guy took over and things became a joke

Reaper22_3d ago

He still has his job. Something you can't say about Jim Ryan.

Cacabunga3d ago

Both bad execs. One is on job and one thankfully retired.

FinalFantasyFanatic2d ago (Edited 2d ago )

I didn't like either person, both people damaged their respective brands and produced worse outcomes, but Phil did save the Xbox brand from being retired by Microsoft. Although in hindsight, he should have just let it die, rather than languish in limbo like it is now.

Rainbowcookie1d 23h ago

Yeah but the one that was "bad" didn't even affect sales.