What were the Top 10 best selling games in January 2013 in the United States?
The newest NPD numbers are in, and so are the top lists of the highest selling game systems and games for January in America.
Here is the full Top 10:
#1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)** Activision Blizzard
#2. Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC) Ubisoft
#3. Just Dance 4 (Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U) Ubisoft
#4. NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)** Take Two Interactive
#5. Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U) Electronic Arts
#6. DmC: Devil May Cry (PS3, 360) Capcom
#7. Halo 4 (360)** Microsoft
#8. Assassin’s Creed III (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)** Ubisoft
#9. Skylander Giants (Wii, 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U)** Activision Blizzard
#10. FIFA Soccer 13 (PS3, 360, PSV, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PSP) Electronic Arts
#11. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3) Namco Bandai
** Includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware. Physical retail copies only.
The multiplatform Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 release was a massive success, although not as massive as last year’s COD. 7.5 Million shooter fans bought the game! Here’s the TV commercial starring Movie and Youtube peoples:
System Sales in January 2013:
#1. Xbox 360 – Sold 281,000 Units.
#2. PlayStation 3 – Sold 201,000 Units.
#3. Nintendo 3DS – Sold 126,000 Units.
#4. Nintendo Wii – Sold 101,000 Units.
#5. Nintendo DS – Sold 58,000 Units.
#6. Nintendo Wii U – Sold 57,000 Units.
#7. PlayStation Vita – Sold 35,000 Units.
#8. PlayStation Portable – Sold 10,000 Units.
More and more gamers are getting connected through Xbox Live and using Xbox 360 for both gaming and as a multimedia box.
Analysis of the game sales numbers:
NPD analyst Liam Callahan adds that these January sales results — once normalized and compared to last year — went down 19%! That’s games sold, systems sold went down 17% as well. Clearly it’s time for more next-gen consoles to hit the market this year.
To quote: “With the exception of Capcom’s new Devil May Cry, January saw no major releases to speak of on the top ten, so 2012’s year-end hot sellers like Call of Duty and Far Cry 3 continued to top the charts. That said, new releases did fare a bit better than in past January periods.
While the number of new SKUs was relatively consistent for January 2013 compared to January 2012, performance of new SKUs this year versus last was six times as high, lifted by the success of titles like DMC: Devil May Cry and Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.”
[SKU = Stock Keeping Unit. In other words: each game sold.]