The top ten U.S. console games from September, according to NPD, were:
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts, Xbox 360) - 610,000
- Wii Fit (Nintendo, Wii) - 518,000
- Rock Band 2 (Harmonix, Xbox 360) - 363,000
- Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii) - 353,000
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts, PlayStation 3) - 325,000
- Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (Pandemic, Xbox 360) - 297,000
- Wii Play (Nintendo, Wii) - 243,000
- Madden NFL 09 (EA Tiburon, Xbox 360) - 224,000
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Krome, Wii) - 223,000
- Madden NFL 09 (EA Tiburon, PlayStation 2) - 158,000
Meanwhile, September hardware sales in the United States were as follows:
- Wii - 687,000 units
- Nintendo DS - 536,800 units
- Xbox 360 - 347,200 units
- PSP - 238,100 units
- PlayStation 3 - 232,400 units
- PlayStation 2 - 173,500 units
"Overall, the health of the video games industry remains quite strong despite the rocky economic conditions," Frazier added, echoing comments from other industry analysts.
I think this proves there's a different type of mainstream gamers out there, those on the 360 or PS3 that are mainstream but more 15-35 year old gamer. The Force Unleashed is basically a big frustrating pile of crap yet the #1 seller.
It's only #1 because it's relatively new and it's Star Wars IP. It won't be up there for much longer after the holiday heavyweights hit the shelves.
Eh, it still sold almost twice as much as the next game. And after that it's Rock Band 2 and then Madden.
Why is it frustrating?