Posted on April 18, 2008,

March Software NPDs: So Long Call of Duty 4, All Hail Smash Bros.

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After a truly impressive run atop the charts, Call of Duty 4 has finally been dethroned from the #1 software spot in the latest NPDs. While that was to be expected with the launch of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it wasn’t expected that the game would drop all the way to #9. That’s indicative of the surplus of games released in March; CoD4 only saw a drop of just under 60,000 units. Last month its 237,000 units would have been good enough for #4 on the charts.

Smash Bros. was of course the big name in March. 2.7 million copies were sold, which blows away the #2 game, Rainbow Six Vegas 2, which had a solid month with 752,300 units sold. That’s followed by Army of Two at 606,100, and then of course Wii Play, which was bound to sell quite a few copies after the Wii had such a monster month. It sold 409,800 copies.

One impressive figure is that the PSP and normally absent from this list each and every month and had two games on the list, at numbers five and six, no less. God of War: Chains of Olympus edged out Crisis Core for the top PSP spot, but it’s encouraging to see that good PSP games can sell.

March 2008 Software Sales

  1. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii) – 2,700,000
  2. Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (360) – 752,300
  3. Army of Two (360) – 606,100
  4. Wii Play w/ Remote (Wii) – 409,800
  5. God of War: Chains Of Olympus (PSP) – 340,500
  6. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (PSP) – 301,600
  7. Guitar Hero III (Wii) – 264,100
  8. MLB 2K8 (360) – 237,100
  9. Call of Duty 4 (360) – 237,000
  10. Army of Two (PS3) – 224,900

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