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Madden NFL 11 Obliterates Other Games in August

NPD's monthly numbers are out and according to the group a slump in console purchases has meant bad news for Nintendo. NPD says sales of Nintendo's DS has fallen 38 percent to 342,700 units, while the company's living room console, the motion-controlled Wii, fell to 244,300 units. This represents a 12 percent drop when compared to the same period last year.

However, it wasn't bad news for all console makers, as Microsoft and Sony both saw increases in sales figures for the PS3 and Xbox 360. The PS3 jumped 7.6 percent to 226,000 units, while the Xbox 360 shot up 66 percent to 356,700.

Software sales fell by 14 percent, thanks in large part to the fact that the release schedule for August 2010 was somewhat less impressive than the year before. August 2009 had big name titles such as Batman: Arkham Asylum, while the best selling title for the same period in 2010 was Madden NFL 2011.

Console sales for August 2010 were:

  • Xbox 360: 357K, down 83K (-19.7%)
  • Nintendo DS: 343K, down 55.3K (-13.9%)
  • Wii: 244K, down 9.7K (-3.8%)
  • PS3: 226K, up 11K (5.1%)
  • PSP: 79K, down 4.6K (-5.5%)

The top selling games for August 2010 were:

  1. Madden NFL 11 – Xbox 360 – EA – 920.8K
  2. Madden NFL 11 – PS3 – EA – 893.6K
  3. Super Mario Galaxy 2 – Wii – Nintendo – 124.6K
  4. Mafia 2 – Xbox 360 – Take-Two – 121.6K
  5. New Super Mario Bros. – DS – Nintendo – 110.4K
  6. New Super Mario Bros. – Wii – Nintendo
  7. Mafia 2 – PS3 – Take-Two
  8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – Xbox 360 – Activision-Blizzard
  9. NCAA Football 11 – Xbox 360 – EA
  10. Wii Fit Plus – Wii – Activision

Source: Bloomberg and Joystiq.