NPD: Madden, Wii Games Lead August

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A trio of versions of Madden NFL 09 filled the top three at US retailers across August, sales-tracking firm NPD Group revealed today. Also coming in strong were Nintendo's first-party Wii offerings, including Wii Fit, Wii Play and Mario Kart Wii. The top ten console games from August, according to NPD, were:
  1. Madden NFL 09 (EA Tiburon, Xbox 360) - 1,000,000
  2. Madden NFL 09 (EA Tiburon, PlayStation 3) - 643,000
  3. Madden NFL 09 (EA Tiburon, PlayStation 2) - 424,500
  4. Wii Fit (Nintendo, Wii) - 394,900
  5. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii) - 328,700
  6. Wii Play (Nintendo, Wii) - 200,200
  7. Soul Calibur IV (Project Soul, Xbox 360) - 174,000
  8. Too Human (Silicon Knights, Xbox 360) - 168,200
  9. Madden NFL 09 (EA Tiburon, Wii) - 115,800
  10. Guitar Hero: On Tour (Vicarious Visions, Nintendo DS) - 111,200

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

  1. Nintendo DS - 518,300 units
  2. Wii - 453,000 units
  3. PSP - 253,000 units
  4. Xbox 360 - 195,200 units
  5. PlayStation 3 - 185,400 units
  6. PlayStation 2 - 144,100 units
The video games industry proved itself worth a grand total of $1.08 billion in the month of August, marking a 9% increase over August of last year.

It is worth remembering that the recent Xbox 360 price cut took effect in September, leaving August sales of the console unaffected. This week's 600% sales spike will be recorded in September's results.

From The Chatty

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    September 11, 2008 3:51 PM

    Too Human (Silicon Knights, Xbox 360) - 168,200

    Not to shabby. I'm not sure what their goal was but that's pretty respectable. Then again, even if that game sold a million units every month for a year it couldn't recoup the 10 year investment of time and money they put in it.

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      September 11, 2008 4:59 PM

      The game wasn't in development for 10 years. It was an idea conceived 10 years ago. Full production probably didn't even start until '05 when SK and MS announced their partnership for the Too Human trilogy..