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God of War III and Pokemon top US sales charts in the biggest March ever

Extra extra! Hot off the presses, we’ve got the NPDs for the month of March, namely the stats on the top ten best selling games of the month and what all the consoles sold in the US as well. Looking at the list, we realize that March was a crazy month for game releases; it arguably had more AAA titles than last November. Here are the top ten games of 3/10:

1. God of War III (PS3) - 1.10 million
2. Pokemon SoulSilver (DS) - 1.02 million
3. Final Fantasy XIII (PS3) - 828,200
4. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (360) - 825,500
5. Pokemon HeartGold (DS) - 761,200
6. Final Fantasy XIII (360) - 493,900
7. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) - 457,400
8. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (PS3) - 451,200
9. Wii Fit Plus w/ Balance Board (Wii) - 429,600
10. MLB 10: The Show (PS3) - 349,200

Most interesting was that this was a huge month for PS3, not only is the number one game GoWIII, but its version of Final Fantasy XIII outsold the 360 version by a wide margin of more than 300,000 copies, and MLB 10: The Show closed out the list for the PS-triple. Still, not to sound like the Pokemon fanboys we are, the combined sales of Pokemon SoulSilver and HeartGold (which are essentially the same game on the same system) pummeled GoWIII.


Above: Settle down Kratos, you’re still technically number one

But it wasn’t a bad month for 360, even with just two entries in the top ten, plus its version of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 outsold the PS3 version by a similar margin to what Final Fantasy did on PS3. Meanwhile, Nintendo dominated with only one new game (well sort of new for the Pokemon remakes), as NPD regulars New Super Mario Bros Wii and Wii Fit Plus just can’t stay off the list.

As for hardware sales, after last month’s surprise appearance by the 360 as best-selling home console, things are back to normal with the Wii rebounding strongly off last month. Also of note, PS3’s game sales dominance didn’t really equal console sales, as they retained their usual spot closely following the 360 sales. Here’s the brass tacks:

1. Nintendo DS - 700,800
2. Wii - 557,500
3. Xbox 360 - 338,400
4. PlayStation 3 - 313,900
5. PSP - 119,900
6. PlayStation 2 - 118,300

Also, big ups to the PSP, which barely outsold the PS2. Good going, that PSPgo must be a huge hit. That’s all till next month, kiddos.

Arp 15, 2010

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12 comments

  • michaelmcc827 - April 16, 2010 12:56 a.m.

    I predict May will be even bigger! Also, I think the console-specific versions of games should have been compiled into one entry each, but that's just me.
  • 435 - April 16, 2010 1:10 a.m.

    Arp.
  • ventanger - April 16, 2010 1:36 a.m.

    Not to question Hank the Muthaf'in Tank, but the common expression is actually "brass tacks", not "brass tax".
  • Cyberninja - April 16, 2010 1:45 a.m.

    i wonder why these systems sell so well other than 360 i am not trying to sound like a fanboy but i know i breaks alot
  • may.be.vital - April 16, 2010 2:10 a.m.

    @michaelmcc827 Ya I have to agree with you. May does seem to have a lot of big titles. I see the 360 doing well thanks to Conviction.
  • tacoman38 - April 16, 2010 3 a.m.

    yea! I contributed, bought my 360 last month.
  • ultimatepunchrod - April 16, 2010 3:30 a.m.

    Hey that sure is original, insulting the psp. no one's done that before.
  • Cwf2008 - April 16, 2010 3:54 a.m.

    PS2 is still selling over 100,000 units? DAMN!
  • Clovin64 - April 16, 2010 10:21 a.m.

    God of war III and Final fantasy XIII are two of the best PS3 games I've played so far, so in other words March was a pretty darn good month! By the way, I'm still surprised that Pokemon games still sell by the bucketful. When they first cameout years ago I assumed they'd never last...proved me wrong.
  • loonyman978 - April 16, 2010 10:51 a.m.

    People are still buying the PS2?! Why?!?! Also, some people buy both versions of Pokemon to be able to complete the pokedex, which account for the combined large sales.
  • OnyxOblivion - April 16, 2010 11:05 a.m.

    Heh. One of the worst Mario games in recent memory is still selling so well?
  • g4m3rk1dd - April 16, 2010 4:02 p.m.

    all those people out there who talk about the PS3 being better than the 360 and the 360 is still out selling the PS3? thats horrible. i know that the 360 breaks more than a prostitute uses crack but if thats the case just dont buy it :| oh and May better have some kickass games...thats all.

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