April 2012 NPD Sales Numbers

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

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NPD Sales Numbers are in, but where is Xenoblade Chronicles? Didn’t an analyst predict that Xenoblade would be #3 on the charts?

Here’s the answer: Xenoblade Chronicles is not on the charts. But not for the reason why you might think. Xenoblade Chronicles is considered a “retailer exclusive” due to a publishing agreement with GameStop, and as such, does not qualify to be listed on the charts.

To sum it up, as a “retailer exclusive”, Xenoblade Chronicles does not meet the qualifications to be listed on the NPD charts. This is not an indicator of failure or success.

Did Xenoblade do well? We don’t know. We don’t have any numbers on that. Nintendo of America does not release sales data for software sold directly from their online store, and other retailers, such as eStarland and Play Asia, were not officially authorized retailers of the game.

We may never know how many copies Xenoblade Chronicles actually sold unless GameStop and Nintendo of America release those numbers.

Anyways, here are the actual top ten, as promised in the title (keep in mind that these are multiplatform):

  1. Prototype 2
  2. Kinect Star Wars
  3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  4. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13
  5. NBA 2K12
  6. The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings
  7. Mario Party 9
  8. Mass Effect 3
  9. Just Dance 3
  10. MLB 12: The Show

[SOURCE: Eurogamer, Go Nintendo]

  • Peter Triezenberg

    Pretty lame that awesome JRPGs like this require so much hassle to succeed here. :-/ Pathetic, they’re the best games by far.

  • Nintendo will prob announce the numbers at E3, especially if they have big announcements pertaining to the future of Pandora’s Tower, Fatal Frame & Fire Emblem.

  • I think that just getting it over counts as a success.  Unfortunately, numbers like this aren’t going to convince Third Party Developers to make more RPGs on Nintendo consoles. 

    We’ve got our work cut out for us, but if we want to save the remaining third party RPG developers and nurture JRPGs in the future, we’re going to have to show them that Nintendo is where their games will have (and have had) the most success, provided they make them quality products and not token offerings.

  • prob #1 and they’re hiding it…jealousy?…lol!…

  • The sales #’s (according to Vgchartz)
     North America: 240,000
     Europe: 180,000
     Japan: 160,000
    Rest of the World: 50,000
    Total: 630,000
    So Nintendo made the smart chose, because we gave them the most sales.

  • EA and BioWare’s Mass Effect 3 was the highest-selling game title in the U.S. during April, says the report, followed by Activision’s Prototype 2 and Nintendo-published Xenoblade Chronicles.”

    source – http://gamasutra.com/view/news/169704/Game_retail_weakens_as_consumers_turn_to_alternative_entertainment__analyst.php