Posted on November 16, 2007,

October Software NPDs: Halo and Guitar Hero Don’t Play Fair


Hogging one half of this past month’s NPD top 10 sales chart is Halo 3 and Guitar Hero III, including the top four positions. Activision and Microsoft must be bringing in so much money off of those two games it just isn’t even fair.

Let’s get right into the list:

  1. Halo 3 (Xbox 360) – 433,800
  2. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock w/ guitar (Xbox 360) – 383, 200
  3. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock w/ guitar (Wii) – 286,300
  4. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock w/ guitar (PlayStation 2) – 271,100
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo DS) – 262,800
  6. Wii Play w/ remote (Wii) – 239,700
  7. The Orange Box (Xbox 360) – 238,400
  8. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock w/o guitar (PlayStation 2) – 231,700
  9. FIFA Soccer 08 (PlayStation 2) – 129,700
  10. Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day (Nintendo DS) – 116,900

The Orange Box number is fairly disappointing, although I’m sure the PC version sold absolute boatloads. The game’s marketing and boxart really don’t do it justice, which is why it’s likely to just get caught up in the Halo 3 – Call of Duty 4 whirlwind.

Guitar Hero and Halo’s success is by no means a surprise, but what’s worth noting is the Wii’s 286.3k number, which clocks it in at number 3. It outsold the PS2 version (but not if you combine the versions with and without guitar) and was just 100k away from the 360 version despite the lack of downloadable content. The PlayStation 3 version didn’t sell well enough to make the top 10, but ended up just under 106k. The game sold a combined 1.4 million despite being available for just under a week.

Ratchet & Clank Future’s no-show is perhaps the biggest surprise (because who didn’t expect Wii Play or a Nintendo-published DS game to make the list?) as it’s one of the biggest PS3 releases of the year. Not only that, but it was very well received by critics and by seemingly anyone who picked the game up, so it’s a shame it didn’t sell well. It managed only 74.5k.

And just in case you’re curious, Halo 3 is now the best selling game of the year with 3.7 million, beating Madden’s 3.2M and Pokemon Diamond/Pearl’s combined 3.6 million.

To contrast Halo’s dominance: PGR4 sold an absolutely abysmal 38,300. I said time and time again that it was releasing far too close to Forza Motorsport 2 for its own good, but wow – that’s just incredible.

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