360 and Madden on top of August NPD, while Mario stays strong

Madden, Mafia II, Mario: US sales in August were dominated by the letter M. NPD group, the foremost collective when it comes to US gaming fiscal news and starting forum wars, released their list of console and games retail data. We’ll start with the game sales first:

1. Madden NFL 11 | 360 | 920,800
2. Madden NFL 11 | PS3 | 893,600
3. Super Mario Galaxy 2 | Wii | 124,600
4. Mafia II | 360 | 121,600
5. New Super Mario Bros | DS | 110,400
6. New Super Mario Bros Wii | Wii
7. Mafia II | PS3
8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 | 360
9. NCAA Football 11 | 360
10. Wii Fit Plus | Wii
(As usual, NPD only offers detailed sales numbers for the first half of the top 10.)

Madden’s sales dominance is far from a surprise, but it’s kind of a big deal that the PS3 version selling basically the same as the 360 version. Over the past few years it’s been trailing the 360 edition by hundreds of thousands each launch moth, but it seems like the slim PS3 launch in the last year made a real difference this time around. Another big launch of the month, Mafia II, did alright, though it’s unlikely that it sold more than 250K over both consoles, which is a disappointing first month compared to the blockbuster success of Take 2’s last open world game, Red Dead Redemption.

Above: August was a big month for Italians

The remainder of the list was filled with old favorites, like Modern Warfare 2 and Wii Fit Plus, with Mario having a particularly good showing. Not only did Mario Galaxy 2 beat every game that isn’t Madden, but both versions of New Super Mario Bros can’t be stopped. Seriously, how can there still be people who don’t own New Mario for the DS? Lastly, note the two big August games that didn’t make the top 10: Metroid Other M and Kane & Lynch 2. While Metroid came out on the very last day of August and possibly missed the cut off for sales rankings, but Kane & Lynch 2 came out in the middle of the month and had ample time to rack up sales, so it seems the duo’s days might be numbered.

Above: Why didn’t people want to play this?

And here are the console sales, which had the 360 on top, even beating the seemingly unstoppable DS:

1. Xbox 360 | 356,700
2: Nintendo DS | 342,700
3. Wii | 244,300
4. PlayStation 3 | 226,000
5. PlayStation Portable | 79,400

Other than the continued success of the new slim 360, there’s no big reason for the 360’s dominance. And we can only expect it to continue with Halo: Reach hitting this month. Meanwhile, the DS sales seem to be slowing down, perhaps due to some consumers learning about the 3DS and holding off their handheld purchasing. The PS3 did some respectable numbers and lastly, the poor PSP sales are a dead horse that we refuse to flog.

Sep 10, 2010


  • pradius - September 10, 2010 10:23 p.m.

    No surprise here. 360 is awesome!
  • EliteM0nk3y - September 10, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    @TizzleSniper: There could be plenty of reasons why people bought the 360 over the PS3; their friends have it, they prefer the exclusives or they want the bigger hard drive more than a Blu-Ray Player. Also Halo Reach is coming out on Sept 14 so people could be getting ready for that (it is the 360 biggest game whether people like it or not). Or some people hate Sony (for what ever reason). And there is Move coming out so people might just be waiting for that. Who knows.
  • BodyDamage - September 10, 2010 9:25 p.m.

    if only other M had been higher up on the list...ha
  • TizzleSniper - September 10, 2010 9:14 p.m.

    im actually kinda surprised that even though the PS3 and the 360 are the same price, the 360 sold 125k more units than the PS3 (and please no BS that its because of RRoD and people had to go buy new ones). i really dont see any reason for the PS3 to be behind. maybe its because people just dont give a fuck about BlueRay.
  • oz997 - September 10, 2010 7:04 p.m.

    I was surprised by Mafia II's poor sales, as it sold quite well in the UK. Also I lold at the Kane and Lynch photo and caption!
  • KaiokenKid - September 10, 2010 6:54 p.m.

    Im not really sure if its panic time yet for PS3 in America. However, they have been getting otusold by 360 for pretty much this whole year. and even when PS3 got their supply stock up, they still got outsold by 360 because of the redesign for 360 coming out. I dont know, kinda had my hopes up that PS3 could finaly close the gap this year or next, but now im not so sure. It is doing well in every otehr territory, but these are some rather pronounced differences in the USA. Not sure if the gap will ever close at this rate.
  • n00b - September 10, 2010 6:40 p.m.

    yup waiting for 3ds
  • Redeater - September 10, 2010 6:38 p.m.

    sorry make that Lynch. Seriously though not a bad game for the single player. I just hope that if they make a 3rd one it lasts longer then 3-4 hours.
  • Redeater - September 10, 2010 6:35 p.m.

    lol at Kane and Lynche

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