Top 10 Best Selling Games of September 2011 (USA)

17 October 2011
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Great perspective of the football in this Madden NFL 12 screenshot

What were the top 10 best selling games of September 2011 in the United States?

The newest NPD numbers are in, and so is the top 10 list of the highest selling games for September 2011 in America. This month, sports games rule the videowaves with EA posting three of the top 10 with their sports titles. Madden NFL rules the heap at the #1 spot with over 2 million copies sold across five platforms; Only just beating out the Xbox 360-exclusive Gears of War 3. The highly anticipated Gears 3 concludes the epic trilogy from Epic Games, and managed to snag the #2 spot on the top 10. EA also made showings with FIFA Soccer 12 at #4 and NHL 12 (On only two platforms, Xbox 360 and PS3) at #4. EA contributed even more to the list as well with Dead Island, charting at #3 on the Top 10. A very strong showing for the survival horror zombie FPS. Square Enix and their western developer Eidos must be very pleased because Deus Ex: Human Revolution, their high-tech futuristic sci-fi open-world RPG, charted for the second month in a row! It came in at #6 on September 2011’s American Top 10 list. Bringing up the latter half is Resistance 3, Insomniac’s highly anticipated PS3-exclusive trilogy closer in the FPS series. While sales could’ve been higher, it’s great that the game charted. Bringing up the rear are two stand-bys: Call of Duty: Black Ops, which never ceases to stop selling, charted at #9 while Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars benefited from both a price cut and the re-release of the Star Wars Trilogy’s on Blu-Ray. The casual co-op kids action game charted at #8. Last but not least, THQ and Relic ought to be really happy because Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, the brutal third-person action game, managed to chart at the rear of the Top 10 in the 10th spot for the best-selling games of September. It’s interesting to see that the casual titles like Just Dance have finally been knocked off the chart. But no doubt they’ll return soon with the release of Just Dance 3, going multiplatform for the first time, on October 7th (out now for Xbox 360 and Wii) and December 31st on PS3.

Here is the full Top 10

1. Madden NFL 12 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2) – Sales over 2 million. Released on August 30th, 2011. Thus counted as a September release.
2. Gears of War 3 (Xbox 360) – Sales of over 2 million copies. – Released on September 20th, 2011! So these sales are counting only 10 days of the month!
3. Dead Island (Xbox 360, PS3, PC), Released on September 6, 2011.
4. FIFA Soccer 12 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, 3DS, PC, Mac, PSP, PS2), Released on September 27th, 2011. Thus these sales account for only 3 days of release!
5. NHL 12 (Xbox 360, PS3), Released on September 13th, 2011.
6. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Mac, OnLive), Released on August 23rd, 2011. Nice to see Deus Ex: Human Revolution chart in the top 10 for the second month!
7. Resistance 3 (PS3) – Released on September 6th, 2011.
8. Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Wii, DS, 3DS, Xbox 360, PS3, PC), Released on March 22, 2011. Likely got a bump in sales due to the Star Wars Blu-Ray Collection sets debuting.
9. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, NDS, Wii, PC) – Released on November 9th, 2010. Down but not out! While most casual games like Just Dance were FINALLY knocked off the list, Call of Duty: Black Ops still remains in the top 10!
10. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) – Released on September 6th, 2011.

Notably absent from the top 10 are:
Star Fox 64 3D (3DS), Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten (PS3), Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection (PS3), Kirby Mass Attack (DS), God of War Origins Collection (PS3), Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD (PS3), Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin (PSP) and White Knight Chronicles 2 (PS3). All of which failed to chart.

Also released in September:
Rugby World Cup 2011 (Xbox 360, PS3), Rise Of Nightmares (Xbox 360), Bit.Trip COMPLETE (Wii), The Cursed Crusade (Xbox 360, PS3), Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 (DS), Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns (DS), Child of Eden (PS3), F1 2011 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC), Cabela’s Big Game Hunter 2012 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii), Solatorobo: Red the Hunter (DS), Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland (PS3), Atelier Totori: Alchemist of Arland 2 (PS3), Supremacy MMA (Xbox 360, PS3), Driver: San Francisco (PS3, PC), Rune Factory: Tides Of Destiny (PS3), and X-Men: Destiny (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii).

Here is a trailer for Madden NFL 12, the top-selling game of the month.

System Sales

1. Xbox 360; Sold 438,000 Units (Down 9.5% from last month)
2. PlayStation 3; Sold 364-374,000 (Up +16.7-19.8% from last month, calculated based on reports)
3. 3DS; Sold 260,000 Units (Up 30,000 units from last month)
4. Wii; Sold 240 Units (Down 5.5% from last month)
5. DS; Sold 145,000 Units (Down 64% from last month)

Note that some numbers are approximations.

Here are quotes from each respective console manufacturer:

Microsoft PR
Xbox 360 maintains its lead over the current-generation console market, poised to finish 2011 as the best-selling console.

Kinect momentum continues with a growing portfolio of more than 75 Kinect for Xbox 360 titles in the market by holiday – four times larger than last holiday. A robust Kinect portfolio, blockbuster game releases, major entertainment partnerships and new hardware offerings prime Xbox 360 for a record holiday sales season.

September 2011 NPD highlights include:
– Holding 42 percent share of the overall current-generation console market, Xbox 360 sold 438,000 units in September, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. for 2011. This marks the seventh consecutive month Xbox 360 has had more than 40 percent of the current-generation console market share. (Source: NPD Group, September 2011)

– Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in September (hardware, software and accessories) reached $534 million, the most for any console in the U.S. and more than total retail spend from the current-generation console competition combined. (Source: NPD Group, September 2011)

– During the month of September, Xbox 360 held six of the top ten console game titles including: Gears of War 3, Madden NFL 12, Dead Island, FIFA Soccer 12, NHL 12 and Deus EX: Human Revolution. (Source: NPD Group, September 2011)

– Gears of War 3 launched on September 20 and sales have already soared past three million copies worldwide in the first week, pushing the franchise beyond one billion dollars in lifetime sales.

The month of October is packed with exclusive Xbox 360 title launches including Forza Motorsport 4 and Kinectimals Now with Bears! launching earlier this week and Dance Central 2 and Kinect Sports: Season Two available on Oct. 25th. Consumers are also looking forward to Kinect: Disneyland Adventures and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary on Nov. 15th.

In addition to a robust holiday portfolio with something for everyone, Microsoft is rolling out the next generation of TV entertainment on Xbox LIVE, bringing a breadth of content providers to Xbox 360 and innovative user experiences unmatched by any other games or entertainment devices. With nearly 40 world-leading TV and entertainment providers, including Bravo, Comcast, HBO GO, BBC and Televisa, the platform is taking a major step toward realizing its vision to bring all the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, made easy.

All of the entertainment, partner support, record growth and sales momentum make us confident that Xbox 360 will have another record year.

Nintendo PR

Nintendo DS Crosses 50 Million Units Sold
The best-selling video game system in U.S. history reached another milestone in September: Lifetime sales of the Nintendo DS family of systems have surpassed 50 million units, according to the NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States.

“The Nintendo DS forever changed the gaming landscape, and the fact that consumers continue to embrace the platform is a testament to its value and mass appeal,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Our hand-held story continues with the Nintendo 3DS system, which just had its second consecutive month of growth and enters its first holiday season with a monster lineup of games, including Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.”

Other Nintendo milestones reached in September include:
Nintendo sold more than 260,000 Nintendo 3DS portable entertainment systems, an increase of more than 10 percent from the previous month. Nintendo has sold nearly 450,000 units of Nintendo 3DS following a price reduction on Aug. 12.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D became the first Nintendo 3DS title to surpass 500,000 total units sold in the United States.
Nintendo sold more than 647,000 total hardware units in September, including 240,000 Wii systems and more than 145,000 units of the Nintendo DS family.
The 273 million software units sold for the Nintendo DS family equates to more than 107,000 games being sold per day, every day for almost seven years. More than 273 million units of software have been sold for the platform in the United States, including 24 of the top 25 and 43 of the top 50 best-selling portable games in this hand-held generation.

Sony PR
“NPD’s September report saw double-digit growth for both PS3 software (52%) and hardware (20%), as increasing brand awareness continues to fuel interest with consumers. First-party software sales remained strong this month, with boosts from blockbuster titles like Resistance 3. The lower PS3 console price point and the upcoming release of exciting titles – Uncharted 3, Everybody Dance and Ratchet and Clank All 4 One – will continue PlayStation’s momentum into the holiday season.
– Patrick Seybold, Sr. Director of Corporate Communications at SCEA

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