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January 2009 NPD US Hardware/Software Sales Figures


PlayStation 2 101.2K
PlayStation 3 203.2K
PSP 172.3K
Xbox 360 309K
Wii 679.2K
Nintendo DS 510.8K

LEFT 4 DEAD (360) 243K
SKATE 2 (360) 199K

(*includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)


Nintendo continues to dominate the charts.

Why should you care about game hardware/software sales in the US? Because it tells you what direction the game industry is going in the near future. It tells you where to spend your money so that you won't be stuck with a game console with little to no games, because developers will always decide to make games with the best installed base. Of course, you have to couple your decision with your preference in games, and sometimes it isn't as simple a decision as choosing the number one selling system on the list.

As to a definitive answer as to who wins and who loses, that wholly depends on how you yourself see the data. Each person is entitled to their own point of view on that. A system lagging behind could be seen as gaining momentum if the data for January 2009 is seen together with data from years past. So looking at just one month's picture of game sales in the USA is not enough to understand where the game industry is headed. Taken together with data from previous months, one can probably predict the trend, and decide to go with one or more platforms, depending on how confident one is as to a game platform's survival on the market.

Laying judgment on one's point of view about the data that is given--everybody sees the data in a different way. There's no point in making someone believe in what you yourself think is the right way of seeing the data. What's important is how you see it, and how it affects YOU.

Of course, there are the ones lucky enough to be able to buy every console platform out there. For the rest of us, the data here is supposed to help so you won't regret your decision to buy (or not to buy) a particular platform.

Simply put....if data like this were available to me back in the 1990's, I probably would have never bought a Sega Saturn ^_^

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