Posted on January 18, 2008,

NPD Reveals Cumulative Hardware and Software Sales of 2007


I’m always happy when the NPD numbers are released, and instead of just getting a single month’s worth of data, we’ve gotten a list of the top ten selling games of 2007, as well as total sales figures on the major hardware for the year. Let’s dive in.

Top 10 Selling Games of 2007:

  1. Halo 3 (Xbox 360) – 4.82 million
  2. Wii Play w/ remote (Wii) – 4.12 million
  3. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360) – 3.04 million
  4. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (PlayStation 2) – 2.72 million
  5. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) – 2.52 million
  6. Pokemon Diamond (Nintendo DS) – 2.48 million
  7. Madden NFL 08 (PlayStation 2) – 1.90 million
  8. Guitar Hero 2 (PlayStation 2) – 1.89 million
  9. Assassin’s Creed (Xbox 360) – 1.87 million
  10. Mario Party 8 (Wii) – 1.82 million

As disappointed as I am, not seeing The Orange Box make the list, I didn’t really expect it would. BioShock headlines my list of games I’m surprised didn’t make the list along with one other game I’m really shocked by – Pokemon Pearl. To not make the list, it had to sell less than the 1.82M that Mario Party 8 did, which means that Diamond sold a minimum of about 700,000 more units than Pearl – maybe more. I would never have guessed that there could be such a discrepancy between the two, but I’m no better – I refused to buy Pearl because I preferred the exclusive Pokemon found in Diamond.

And how about Guitar Hero 2, after being released in 2006, making the list?

Hardware numbers are after the break.

Annual hardware sales for 2007:

  • PlayStation 2 – 3.97 million
  • PlayStation 3 – 2.56 million
  • PlayStation Portable – 3.82 million
  • Xbox 360 – 4.62 million
  • Wii – 6.29 million
  • DS – 8.5 million

I don’t think there’s much to be really said about these numbers, as my thoughts essentially echo precisely what I said about December’s numbers – Microsoft has to be happy that their lead increased over the PS3 late in the year, while Nintendo’s rather menial lead of the Wii versus the 360 in December is likely only indicative of supply issues.

The PSP has really seen a great resurgence since the release of the PSP Lite and price drop; should the PS3 and PSP see further price drops in ’08, this could be their year to really make some ground on the competition.

Just don’t expect to see the DS falter. Especially if we see a DS Liter released.

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11 Comments on NPD Reveals Cumulative Hardware and Software Sales of 2007


On January 18, 2008 at 4:49 pm

Notice if you will that there are no PS3 games on that list….. :cool:


On January 18, 2008 at 5:03 pm

There are also no PSP games, which I think is more of a testament to its multimedia feature than a lack of good games. (There were certainly plenty.)

I’m expecting two to three PS3 games to make the list in 2008.

Phil Migrowen

On January 18, 2008 at 5:11 pm

“Halo 3 (Xbox 360) – 4.82 million ”

Yet Microsoft claims that Halo 3 sold 8 million copies. This huge disparity demonstrates once again that game companies’ own sales claims can’t be trusted because they inflate their numbers for marketing purposes.

Phil Migrowen

On January 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm

“As disappointed as I am, not seeing The Orange Box make the list, ”

I see you still have Valve’s firmly planted in your ass. The Orange Box of gamettes is vastly overrated.


On January 18, 2008 at 5:18 pm

@Phil I believe Microsoft’s numbers are worldwide, while NPD only tracks the US.

And is it so wrong that I love The Orange Box? Your disdain for it doesn’t mean I should change my mind about it.


On January 18, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Orange Box is awesome, but I dislike that it as a whole is being put into contests of great games. The title says it; it’s a collection, not a single game. It’s like if the Sonic Mega Collection was entered; there’s so many great games, it couldn’t not win.

Other than that, what astonishes me is just how many units Halo sold, considering how much of the year it was out for.


On January 18, 2008 at 7:57 pm

Does the NPD take Digital Distribution into account? That’s where most of the Orange Box sales would come from anyways.


On January 19, 2008 at 2:09 am

No your wrong world wide numbers for Halo 3 are not even close to 8 million.
VGchartz track 6 million world wide. Halo 3 only sold a couple million in Europe, its ridiculous to think Europe sold 4 million Halo 3 when there are only about 5 million 360s sold in Europe.

Its Microsoft’s inflated numbers Shipped. Every one, Sony, Nintendo all release numbers sold to actual consumers, Microsoft is the only one still releasing numbers Shipped, its shady business.

Fiber Optic Cable

On January 19, 2008 at 8:09 am

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On January 19, 2008 at 11:40 am

Well, well. Phil has crawled back out of the woodwork with more witty and incisive comments. I raise my hat to you Phil. Congrats on posting more eloquant and thought provoking comments. We will all be the better for your input. I look forward to more isight from the master of prose that you are. Constructive criticism at it’s apogee. Oh, I’m sorry, is my sarcasm showing ?


On February 7, 2008 at 11:18 am

The lack of PSP games on the list is due to custom firmware.