NPD: Force Unleashed, Wii Fit Lead September Sales, 360 Sales Spike After Price Cut

By Blake Ellison, Oct 16, 2008 3:47pm PDT Star Wars: The Force Unleashed took top honors for sales in the month of September 2008, according to new numbers released by market research firm The NPD Group. Also of note was the near doubling of Xbox 360 sales after the system's price cut took effect in early September.

The top ten U.S. console games from September, according to NPD, were:

  1. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts, Xbox 360) - 610,000
  2. Wii Fit (Nintendo, Wii) - 518,000
  3. Rock Band 2 (Harmonix, Xbox 360) - 363,000
  4. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii) - 353,000
  5. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts, PlayStation 3) - 325,000
  6. Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (Pandemic, Xbox 360) - 297,000
  7. Wii Play (Nintendo, Wii) - 243,000
  8. Madden NFL 09 (EA Tiburon, Xbox 360) - 224,000
  9. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Krome, Wii) - 223,000
  10. Madden NFL 09 (EA Tiburon, PlayStation 2) - 158,000

Meanwhile, September hardware sales in the United States were as follows:

  1. Wii - 687,000 units
  2. Nintendo DS - 536,800 units
  3. Xbox 360 - 347,200 units
  4. PSP - 238,100 units
  5. PlayStation 3 - 232,400 units
  6. PlayStation 2 - 173,500 units
The games industry overall sold $1.27 billion worth of games, hardware and accessories in September 2008, marking a 7% decline from September 2007. Last September, however, saw the launch of Bungie's Halo 3, which according to NPD analyst Anita Frazier generated a full 35% of software sales for all of 2007.

"Overall, the health of the video games industry remains quite strong despite the rocky economic conditions," Frazier added, echoing comments from other industry analysts.

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