Guitar Hero: World Tour will be one of the biggest games in the industry over the course of the next year or so. Check out the Guitar Hero World Tour song list, featuring such big names as Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Van Halen, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, and Michael Jackson.
Nintendo DS 518.3k
Xbox 360 195.2k
1. Madden NFL 09 (EA, Xbox 360) – 1 million
2. Madden NFL 09 (EA, PS3) – 643k
3. Madden NFL 09 (EA, PS2) – 424.5k
4. Wii Fit (Nintendo, Wii) – 394.9k
5. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii) – 328.7k
6. Wii Play (Nintendo, Wii) – 200.2k
7. Soul Calibur IV (Namco, Xbox 360) – 174k
8. Too Human (Microsoft, Xbox 360) – 168.2k
9. Madden NFL 09 (EA, Wii) – 115.8k
10. Guitar Hero: On Tour (Activision, Nintendo DS) – 111.2k
Wii had a less overwhelming but still convincing victory for August over lackluster performances by the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. With 2.3 million units sold, Madden 09 was a strong performer and easily dominated the month (Wii version’s humiliation notwithstanding). What Nintendo lacked in third party power, though, they made up for in first party strength with Wii Fit, Mario Kart Wii, and Wii Play all continuing their run. Too Human had a pretty lackluster launch all things considered.
With both Xbox 360 and PS3 receiving price cuts this month, it should make for an interesting NPD next month, albeit perhaps not interesting enough. The big game for September looks to be Star Wars Force Unleashed.
Nintendo DS: 608k
PlayStation 3: 225k
Xbox 360: 205k
1. NCAA Football 09 (EA, Xbox 360) – 397.6k
2. Wii Fit (Nintendo, Wii) – 369.6k
3. Guitar Hero: On Tour (Activision, DS) – 309.7k
4. Wii Play (Nintendo, Wii) – 284k
5. NCAA Football 09 (EA, PS3) – 242.5k
6. Soul Calibur IV (Namco, Xbox 360) – 218.9k
7. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii) – 174.5k
8. Rock Band Special Edition (EA, Wii) – 165.8k
9. Soul Calibur IV (Namco, PS3) – 155.8k
10. Sid Meier’s Civilization (Take 2, Xbox 360) – 147.6k
July was a rather uneventful month as expected. The Xbox 360 price cut seems to have not had any real impact (granted, it was not a real price cut), while PS3’s MGS4 bump was short lived. Madden 09 and Too Human should power a more robust August.
Nintendo DS 783k
Nintendo Wii 666.7k
Xbox 360 219.8k
1. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (Konami, PS3) – 774.6k*
2. Guitar Hero on Tour (Activision, DS) – 422.3k
3. Ninja Gaiden 2 (Microsoft, Xbox 360) – 372.7k
4. Wii Fit (Nintendo, Wii) – 372.7k
5. Wii Play (Nintendo, Wii) – 359.1k
6. Battlefield: Bad Company (Electronic Arts, Xbox 360) – 346.8k
7. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii) – 322.4k
8. Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure (LucasArts, Wii) – 294.5k
9. Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure (LucasArts, DS) – 267.8k
10. Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Advneture (LucasArts, PS2) – 260.3k
*-Excludes bundles. Including bundled games, the total sales of MGS4 were almost 1 million.
Metal Gear Solid 4 pushed the PS3 into unfamiliar territory and made the gap between the PS3 and Xbox 360 something Microsoft’s not going to be able to spin quite as easily as usual. Nintendo Wii continues to lead and has now officially claimed the units sold lead in the US over Microsoft. The Xbox 360 “price cut” (aka inventory clearance of the smaller hard drive) isn’t going to help matters any, although it should be interesting to see what happens when Sony’s most expensive PS3 model finally hits $399 in September.
It didn’t take long for the Wii Fit clones to start appearing. Jillian Michaels, best known for her role as one of the trainers on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, is working with Majesco Games (largely a budget game publisher) on Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Ultimatum 2009 for the Nintendo Wii.
“Wii and the Wii Balance Board have added a credible and effective new option for players looking to get in shape in a fun and entertaining way,” said Jesse Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, Majesco. “Jillian Michaels’ expertise in the fitness world coupled with the innovative Wii Balance Board lets us deliver a compelling game that will change the way America approaches home fitness.”
“As a huge gamer myself with younger siblings and godchildren, I recognize the importance of staying current with how people digest their media and information,” said Jillian Michaels. “I truly think this type of product will be instrumental in revolutionizing the fitness industry and will help combat the childhood obesity epidemic in this country today. I couldn’t be more excited about partnering with Interactive Game Group and Majesco to bring a family-oriented fitness video game to the market.”
Frederic Chesnais, founder of Interactive Game Group (I2G), added, “This project is exactly why I created I2G — to bring talented people together and facilitate the creation and distribution of highly-innovative interactive entertainment.”
In Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Ultimatum 2009 players become new recruits in Jillian’s boot camp where they enroll in a unique training program composed of fitness tests and a changing series of workouts. Players choose their workout from four types — Weight Loss, Strength Training, Intervals and Hill Climb — and set the intensity to light, medium or hard for a duration between 10 and 60 minutes. By completing Wii Remote and Wii Balance Board motion-based challenges that range from crossing monkeybars to climbing ladders and rowing, players can also unlock lifestyle and fitness video tips from Jillian. Players can even track their progress based on calories burned and workout intensity. In addition, a Competitive Party Mode lets two players race against each other through individual challenges or through the entire Physical Training course to earn the winning time.
Developed by 3G Studios, Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Ultimatum 2009 for Wii is expected to release this holiday season. I’ll greet this product with a healthy dose of skepticism, but it will be interesting to see how it works out.
Nintendo Wii 675.1k
Nintendo DS 452.6k
PlayStation 3 208.7k
Xbox 360 186.6k
PlayStation Portable 182.3k
1. Grand Theft Auto 4 (Take 2 Interactive, Xbox 360) – 871.3k
2. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii) – 787.4k
3. Wii Fit (Nintendo, Wii) – 687.7k
4. Grand Theft Auto 4 (Take 2 Interactive, PS3) – 442.9k
5. Wii Play (Nintendo, Wii) – 294.6k
6. Super Smash Bros Brawl (Nintendo, Wii) – 171.1k
7. Iron Man (Sega, PS2) – 130.6k
8. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Activision, Wii) – 116.8k
9. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness (Nintendo, Wii) – 107k
10. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time (Nintendo, Wii) – 102k
Nintendo’s Wii remained on top of the hardware charts in May. Sony’s PS3 managed to reclaim the #2 spot from Microsoft’s Xbox 360, but apparently Sony and Microsoft missed this memo the first 32 times, so it’s worth repeating: drop the damn prices already.
On the software side, GTA 4 remained dominant and is now the best selling game this year. Wii Fit had a decent launch, even if it clocked in lower than some may have anticipated. Mario Kart Wii continues to be strong, and Wii Play remains in the top where it’s been for over a year.
Looking ahead to June, we can probably expect the top 5 to remain onboard, while Metal Gear Solid 4 and Guitar Hero Aerosmith should launch strongly. It remains to be seen how the Guitar Hero franchise will perform in the portable market when Guitar Hero on Tour is released for the Nintendo DS.
Nintendo DS 414.8k
Xbox 360 188.0k
PlayStation 3 187.1k
PlayStation 2 124.4k
1. GTA 4 (Take Two Interactive Software, Xbox 360) – 1.85 million
2. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii) – 1.12 million
3. GTA 4 (Take Two Interactive Software, PS3) – 1 million
4. Wii Play (Nintendo, Wii) – 360k
5. Super Smash Bros Brawl (Nintendo, Wii) – 326k
6. Gran Turismo 5: Prologue (Sony, PS3) – 224k
7. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness (Nintendo, DS) – 202k
8. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time (Nintendo, DS) – 202k
9. Guitar Hero 3 (Activision, Wii) – 152k
10. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Xbox 360) – 141k
Microsoft finally managed to edge out Sony, but both of them got easily beat by Nintendo. Two key product launches managed to crush everything else. GTA 4 took home 2.85 million units of sales in 5 days, with a split of nearly 2:1 for the Xbox 360 version. On the Nintendo front, Mario Kart Wii was the big new game. Wii Play continues its standard performance, and Brawl remains in the top 10 as well. Gran Turismo 5: Prologue does okay but underwhelming, particularly compared to the European launch. Activision is in a position they’re not used to, bringing up the rear, but both their key franchises remain in the top.
Nintendo Wii 721k
Nintendo DS 698k
PlayStation Portable 297k
Xbox 360 262k
PlayStation 3 257k
PlayStation 2 216k
1. Super Smash Bros Brawl (Nintendo, Wii) – 2.7 million
2. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 (Ubisoft, Xbox 360) – 752.3k
3. Army of Two (Electronic Arts, Xbox 360) – 606.1k
4. Wii Play (Nintendo, Wii) – 409.8k
5. God of War: Chains of Olympus (Sony, PSP) – 340.5k
6. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square-Enix, PSP) – 301.6k
7. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Activision, Wii) – 264.1k
8. Major League Baseball 2K8 (Take 2, Xbox 360) – 237.1k
9. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Xbox 360) – 237k
10. Army of Two (Electornic Arts, PS3) – 224.9k
Phenomenal month for Nintendo during Super Smash Bros Brawl release month. PS3 and Xbox 360 continue their battle for second, and things should get interesting next month when both platforms get this year’s biggest game, GTA 4. The month was a winner for the industry as a whole, and everyone has something to brag about, with year-over-year sales up 57%.