Duty 2 Tops Xbox 360 Launch Sales

Duty 2 Tops Xbox 360 Launch Sales

The top-selling Xbox 360 game at launch was Call of Duty 2 selling 250K
units in its first week available.  Perfect Dark Zero sold just
over 160,000 units, and was the third biggest seller; bought by about
half of new Xbox 360 owners.

The chart is revealed in NPD’s November report, belatedly
reissued late yesterday. The stats shown to Next Generation by various sources, reveal Call
of Duty 2 topping the Xbox 360 sales chart, followed by Madden, PDZ and Need
for Speed Most Wanted.

Microsoft’s own driver Project Gotham Racing came in fifth ahead of Kameo.

Activision’s Call of Duty 2 generated reveues of nearly $15 million,
followed by Madden ($10.3 million), PDZ ($8.8M) and NFS ($6.5M).
Project Gotham and Kameo both sold over 70,000 units, followed by
Condemned, Quake 4 and NBA Live.

Sales of Xbox 360 software hit $70 million.Estimated sales of hardware over the same period were around 330,000. Although
it’s dangerous to extrapolate from these figures too precisely, it does
suggest a massive tie-ratio of three to four games per consumer.

Total November Sales

NPD’s report comes a week after the research company retracted its
original sales estimates and charts for November. The company’s total
U.S console software sales estimate for the month (of $818 million) has
now been replaced with $696 million.

The revised total sales are up 91% sequentially from October, and down
18% compared to November 2004. It’s worth noting that November last
year was especially strong, with Halo 2 and GTA selling in droves.

Year to Date Sales

Year-to-date console software sales are $4.42 billion compared with
2004 year-to-date sales of $4.55 billion, a year-over-year decrease of
3%. Analyst Wedbush Morgan Securities believes the industry will
struggle to pull its sales back to 2004 levels, but says late shipments
of Xbox 360 or a particularly strong performance of PSP in December
could pull the business up.

A WMS analyst wrote, "We think the decline in year-over-year sales is
almost entirely attributable to a shortfall in sales for current
generation consoles, in particular the current generation Xbox. 
Sales for the three current generation platforms were down
approximately $240 million, with over half of the decline due to a
drop-off in sales of Xbox  software."

2000 All Over Again

WMS believes consumers are waiting for next generation product to
arrive, and are largely unimpressed with the now generation titles on
offer. The analyst wrote, "We believe that the year-over-year overall
decline is attributable to malaise among consumers, convinced that the
next generation is worth waiting for, and that current  generation
games are just the same old thing as last year.

WMS added, "We think that consumers have been lulled into believing
that the next generation consoles are just around the corner,  and
believe that history from 2000 may be repeating itself.  Should
that be the case, we think that weakness in sales may persist in
December, and the year could end up in negative territory."

Here are the top three games per platform…

PS2

1 STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT II LucasArts
2 MADDEN NFL 06 Electronic Arts
3 WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2 THQ

Xbox

1 STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT II LucasArts
2 CALL OF DUTY 2: BIG RED ONE Activision
3 MADDEN NFL 06 Electronic Arts

Xbox 360

1 CALL OF DUTY 2 Activision
2 MADDEN NFL 06 Electronic Arts
3 PERFECT DARK ZERO Microsoft

GameCube

1 MARIO PARTY 7 Nintendo
2 DDR MARIO MIX  W/MAT Konami
3 POKEMON XD Nintendo