NPD Compares PC Sales to Console Best-sellers

Today's NPD numbers left out sales for PC games, as is typical, but this month the market research firm decided to take a look at PC game sales anyway to see how they would fare.

"Although PC games sales are not included in these numbers, there were two that should be pointed out," wrote NPD analyst Anita Frazier in a press release accompanying September's sales data.

"Spore realized sales of 406,000 units and Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning sold 274,000 which would put them both in the top 10 list of combined console, portable and PC games sales for the month," Frazier continued.

In fact, Spore's numbers would place it squarely in third place for September, just below the explosive launch of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (PS3, PS2, 360, Wii, DS, PSP) and perpetual best-seller Wii Fit. Warhammer Online, on the other hand, would take eighth in a combined PC-and-console sales chart.

If Warhammer's sales look at odds with the 500,000 players the game picked up in the days after its September 18 launch, it's because NPD only looks at United States retail sales whereas Warhammer's subscriber base is a worldwide number.

From The Chatty
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    October 16, 2008 5:49 PM

    Only 274k WHO units for NA? Lower than I thought.

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      October 16, 2008 5:50 PM

      yeah me to, since they reported 750,000 signed up... kinda fishy.

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        October 16, 2008 5:55 PM

        Isn't Europe a bigger PC market than the US are?

        Either way, why would it be so strange if US only stood for a third of their subscriber-base?

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          October 16, 2008 6:03 PM

          Europe is a massive PC market.

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          October 16, 2008 7:41 PM

          Canadians buy their fair share of PC games too.

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            October 16, 2008 7:49 PM

            Yea I love how it says they track US numbers and everyone assumes that means all of North America?

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              October 16, 2008 8:17 PM

              They also track Canada, but that comes about (aboot?) a week later and Mexico is generally a tiny fraction of Canadian sales (which are about 8-10% of US sales).

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