The 2009 holiday shopping season helped close the book on a tougher year for the video game industry, marked by consecutive months of year-on-year losses. December 2009's industry results would prove no different, ending the year with yet another month of decline in both software and hardware sales compared to December 2008.
|3.||Sony PlayStation 3||1,360,000||4,334,500||11,128,300|
|4.||Microsoft Xbox 360||1,310,000||4,770,700||18,830,900|
|5.||Sony PlayStation Portable||654,700||2,495,800||15,836,600|
|6.||Sony PlayStation 2||333,200||1,799,900|
Nintendo earlier this month predicted a stellar December for its console hardware and software sales, and boy were they right. NPD confirms that hardware sales for the Wii and DS rose dramatically in December compared to November 2009; Wii sales alone tripled.
Hardware sales also rose for the Xbox 360 and PS3, with PS3 sales in particular almost doubling over the course of a month to gain a slight lead over the 360. PSP sales definitely increased two-fold, and even the PS2 experienced a growth in sales from November 2009.
|1.||New Super Mario Bros. Wii||Nintendo||Wii||11/2009||2,820,000|
|2.||Wii Fit Plus||Nintendo||Wii||10/2009||2,410,000|
|3.||Wii Sports Resort||Nintendo||Wii||07/2009||1,790,000|
|4.||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2||Activsion||360||11/2009||1,630,000|
|5.||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2||Activision||PS3||11/2009||1,120,000|
|7.||Mario Kart Wii||Nintendo||Wii||04/2008||936,100|
|8.||Assassin's Creed II||Ubisoft||360||11/2009||783,100|
|9.||Left 4 Dead 2||Electronic Arts||360||11/2009||728,500|
|10.||Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story||Nintendo||DS||09/2009||656,700|
|1.||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2||Activision||360|
|2.||Wii Sports Resort||Nintendo||Wii|
|3.||New Super Mario Bros. Wii||Nintendo||Wii|
|5.||Wii Fit Plus||Nintendo||Wii|
|6.||Mario Kart Wii||Nintendo||Wii|
|8.||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2||Activsion||PS3|
|9.||Halo 3: ODST||Microsoft||360|
Modern Warfare 2 has secured greatness in the halls of digital entertainment thanks to its blockbuster November launch, yet its sales momentum did not appear to last into the holiday shopping season. Indeed, not even the combined units sales for both console versions of MW2 (2,750,000 units) could stop New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2,820,000 units) from taking the top of the charts last month. On the other hand, MW2 already stole the crown as the top selling title for all of 2009, and that's counting both the 360 and PS3 releases as separate entries!
Nintendo has plenty more reasons to cheer on the software front, with its first party titles all over NPD's top ten for December as well as 2009 as a whole. Activision provides a noticable dent in the form of MW2, and Microsoft proves that the Halo franchise still has legs with ODST making the 2009 overall software chart.