The biggest bit of news this week is the release of the Wii U in North America. The first 8th generation home console managed to sell 470,099 units in its first week. Hardware sales more than doubled week on week and are up across the board. However year-on-year sales are a different story. Every platform was down and overall sales are down 31 percent year-on-year.
Five games debuted in the top 30 this week. Hitman: Absolution (PS3) debuted at number six with sales of 501,081. The Xbox 360 version debuted at number seven with sales of 488,127.
Software milestones this week in the top 30: Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360) passed the seven million mark; Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3) passed the five million mark. Halo 4 (X360) passed five million units sold; Kinect: Disneyland Adventures (X360) passed the one million mark; Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS) passed the one million mark; Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) passed the seven million mark; Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (PS3) passed the five million mark; and NBA 2K13 (X360) passed the one million mark.
Hardware home console sales week on week are up across the board. Xbox 360 sales are up 561,268 (133%) to 982,471 units sold. PlayStation 3 sales are up 408,099 (119%) to 752,337 units sold. The Wii U sold 470,099 units in its first week. The Wii sold 387,463 units, which is up 264247 (214%).
Handheld sales are up across the board week on week. The 3DS sold 615,127 units, which is up 206,919 (51%) week on week. The PlayStation Vita is up 97,404 (95%) to 200,397 units sold. The DS is up 242,650 (269%) to 332,879 units sold. The PSP sold 52,488 units which is up 18,209 (53%) compared to last week. Total week on week sales are up 2.27 million (149%) to 3.79 million units.
No platforms were up year-over-year. The PlayStation 3 is down 79,912 (-10%), the Wii is down 479,362 (-55%), and the Xbox 360 is down 319,790 (-25%). The PSP is down 137,089 (-72%), the DS is down 7,138 (-2%) and the 3DS is down 276,175 (-31%). Year on year sales are down 628,970 units (-14%).
The Xbox 360 has outsold the PlayStation 3 for the fourth time in 2012 and for the third week in a row. The Wii U had a strong debut, especially since it is only available in North America. The Xbox 360 has a 46 percent market share; the PlayStation 3 has a 35 percent market share; and the Wii has an 18 percent market share. Compared with ten weeks ago all three home consoles are up. The Xbox 360 is up nearly 10 fold, the PlayStation 3 nearly eight fold and the Wii up 11 fold.
3DS hardware remains well above its rival, the PlayStation Vita, outselling it by more than 3 to 1. The 3DS has outsold its predecessor, the DS, by more than 6 to 1. The PlayStation Vita has nearly outsold its predecessor, the PSP, by nearly 4 to 1. The DS has an 86 percent market share this week for the 7th generation handhelds and the PSP has a 14 percent. The 3DS has a 75 percent market share for the 8th generation of handhelds, while the Vita has a 25 percent market share. Compared with ten weeks ago all four handhelds are up. The 3DS is up nearly four fold, the DS more than nine fold, the Vita by six fold and the PSP by less than two fold.
Five games debuted in the top 30 this week. Hitman: Absolution (PS3) debuted at number six with sales of 501,081. The Xbox 360 version debuted at number seven with sales of 488,127. The game launched in North America and Europe.
New Super Mario Bros. U (WiiU) debuted at number 10 with sales of 372,169. The game launched in North America.
Nintendo Land (WiiU) debuted at number 11 with sales of 353,625. The game launched in North America.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (PS3) debuted at number 22 with sales of 176,580. The game launched in North America and Europe.
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Wii) debuted at number 27 with sales of 150,847. The game launched in North America and Europe.
Here are the other games in the top 10 that are not debuts: Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360) is at the top of the charts with sales of 1.24 million units. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3) is at number two with sales of 1.18 million units. Kinect Adventures (X360) is at number three with sales of 615,283. Halo 4 (X360) is at number four with sales of 607,817. Just Dance 4 (Wii) is at number five with sales of 569,302.
Assassin’s Creed III (PS3) is at number eight with sales of 471,345. Assassin’s Creed III (X360) is at number nine with sales of 402,324.
Week on week software sales for home consoles are up for the Wii, and down for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 sold the most games this week with sales of 7.63 million, a decrease of 2.35 million (-24%).Tweet this!