According to NPD, the month's top-selling console titles in North America were:
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward, Activision, X360) - 330, 900
- Wii Play (Nintendo, Wii) - 298,100
- Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Vicarious Visions, Activision, Wii) - 239, 600
- Rock Band Special Edition Bundle (Harmonix, MTV Games, X360) - 183,800
- Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Bundle (Neversoft, Activision, X360) - 182,700
- Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo, Wii) - 172,000
- Burnout Paradise (Criterion, Electronic Arts) - 140,000
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward, Activision, PS3) - 140,000
- Mario Party DS (Nintendo, Nintendo DS) - 138,500
- Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games (Sega, Nintendo DS) - 133,000
In terms of revenue, the Xbox 360 version of Harmonix's Rock Band (PS2, PS3, X360) was the month's top performer, bringing in over $30 million thanks to the $169.99 special edition bundle, which contains three instruments.
Hardware numbers, meanwhile, showed the Wii and PlayStation 3 outselling the Xbox 360. The Wii Nunchuk was the best-selling peripheral for the period, moving 375,000 units.
Compared to January 2007, overall industry performance was down 6%, though software sales grew by 11%. However, those figures are a little misleading as January 2007 was a five week month while January 2008 only had four weeks.
A fair per-week comparison shows that overall sales were up 18%, with software growing a startling 50% while hardware sales shrunk by 25%, possibly due to shortages. The specific per-week figures are as follows:
January 2007 (Per Week)
- Total Sales : $250 million
- Hardware Sales: $100 million
- Software Sales: $109 million
- Accessory Sales: $39.6 million
- Total Sales: $295.5 million
- Hardware Sales: $75.5 million
- Software Sales: $152.6 million
- Accessory Sales: $47.7 million