Halo: Reach is a bona fide success on Xbox Live, easily smashing series records for total number of players online during its launch week. The NPD Group today confirms that the Bungie-developer shooter would similarly trounce its competition at retail during the month of September, shooting straight to the top of its monthly software sales chart with smooth unit sales of 3.3 million.
As you may recall, NPD will no longer openly provide sales figures for the top ten software featured in its monthly video game industry sales teardown, but we'll at least continue to get the skinny on how well the top-selling games are doing in relation to each other. Additionally, NPD will now group any multiplatform titles which manage to land on the software top ten into a single entry on the charts. Though it won't be as easy to tell which version of a given multiplatform title sold better at a glance now, this does make room for more titles to appear on the top ten.
One example of a standout multiplatform title would be Capcom's Dead Rising 2, which managed to debut in third place for September. Much is riding on Dead Rising 2's retail success over at Capcom, so NPD's confirmation ought to be very good news for the publisher indeed.
Other newcomers which managed to land into NPD's software top ten include Metroid: Other M,and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. These titles couldn't actually break into the top five, which favored EA's latest sports titles like NHL 11 and FIFA Soccer 11, but their performances thus far show these franchises still have retail star power.
|1.||Halo: Reach||Microsoft Game Studios||Xbox 360||09/2010|
|2.||Madden NFL 11||Electronic Arts||PS3 / Xbox 360||08/2010|
|3.||Dead Rising 2||Capcom||PS3 / Xbox 360||09/2010|
|4.||NHL 11||Electronic Arts||PS3 / Xbox 360||09/2010|
|5.||FIFA Soccer 11||Electronic Arts||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / DS / PSP||09/2010|
|6.||Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep||Square Enix||PSP||09/2010|
|7.||Mafia II||2K Games||PS3 / Xbox 360||08/2010|
|8.||Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions||Activision||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / DS||09/2010|
|9.||Metroid: Other M||Nintendo||Wii||08/2010|
|10.||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2||Activision||PS3 / Xbox 360||11/2009|