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May 2007 NPD Monthly Videogame Sales Figures
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May 2007 NPD Monthly Videogame Sales Figures

Mayberry Sheriff’s Dept. has put out an APB on renegades on a runaway train. Deputy Fife was quoted as saying “This madness has just got to stop. It’s time to NPD in the bud.” Young Opie Taylor has been sworn in as a deputy by his father Sheriff Andy Taylor and is on guard with […]

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Mayberry Sheriff’s Dept. has put out an APB on renegades on a runaway train. Deputy Fife was quoted as saying “This madness has just got to stop. It’s time to NPD in the bud.” Young Opie Taylor has been sworn in as a deputy by his father Sheriff Andy Taylor and is on guard with slingshot in hand. Locals Ernest T. Bass and the Darling family have been called in as mercenaries.

OK, enough foolishness. May’s National Purchase Diary numbers for the USA are here and once again Nintendo is the freight train that can’t stop, that won’t stop. The company tops the charts in both hardware units sold and software units sold…according to the NPD Group’s estimates anyhow. Let’s explore the figures for a spell, shall we?

Nintendo’s DS remains the conductor’s car on the salestrain with 423,000 for the month of May. April’s NPD figures for the DS were 471,000 showing a slight dip but it doesn’t make a bit of difference when the rectangular compact stands heads and shoulders over the other entrants.

Nintendo’s Wii as usual fulfills the WiiDS Phenomenon spectre coming in 2nd with 338,000 this month. April’s NPD figures for the Wii were 360,000 showing a slight decline but once again it’s trivial when the next entrant is well over 100,000 beneath it.

Sony’s PlayStation Portable comes in at a very impressive 221,000 in this springtime period. April’s NPD figures for PSP show 183,000 so the surprising boost is promising. The price cut is paying out dividends and perhaps Sony should focus on the PSP as a place to gather ground.

Sony’s PlayStation 2 holds on to glory with 188,000 for the Maius’ month. April’s NPD figures for the long-lasting PS2 were 194,000 again showing an overall dip in sales across the board but 7 years strong this is the Jason of videogame consoles. It simply will not die…luckily for PS2 fans.

Microsoft’s XBox 360 is in the dining car’s position at 155,000 in May. April’s NPD numbers for the mean green machine display 174,000 echoing Freak Nasty song’s chorus “when I dip you dip we dip”. Like another brother of green, XBox 360 is a subscriber to the belief that sure and steady wins the race.

Sony’s PlayStation 3 seems to be the baggage car on this railride with 81,600 for Maymonth. April’s NPD statistics showcase 82,000 which in comparison are digits that continue to spell trouble for the beleaguered 7th generation console. Barely beating out a 6 year old “16-bit” handheld is nothing to notch on your bedpost.

Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance must be the coach car for the Gam-trak with its 80,554 or rounded 80,600 for Mama’s Day month. April’s NPD numbers gave it an 84,000 showing the slow death of the obsolete handheld. It’s got to be those backstocks of GBA SPs and GB Micros that’s keeping this system on the charts. Gotta love those clearance sales (love my Micro!).

Nintendo’s Gamecube continues to be the caboose of the gametrain right on with 10,728 or rounded 10,700 for May’s flowers. April’s NPD figures detailed 13,000 for the late Rodney Dangerfield’s purple lunchbox. Ya know, two Gamecubes duct-taped together would better simulate the ‘butt’ effect this system seems to have on the charts. Sir Mix-A-Lot would certainly be a fan. Hey and what does that ‘99’ price number look like to you? Hmmm…

NPD’s Top Console Sales in May:

1. Nintendo DS – 423,000
2. Nintendo Wii – 338,000
3. Sony PlayStation Portable – 221,000
4. Sony PlayStation 2 – 188,000
5. Microsoft XBox 360 – 155,000
6. Sony PlayStation 3 – 81,600
7. Nintendo Game Boy Advance – 80,554
8. Nintendo Gamecube – 10,728

NPD’s Top Ten Software Sales in May:

1. Pokémon Diamond (DS) – 331,200
2. Mario Party 8 (Wii) – 314,000
3. Spider-Man 3 (PS2) – 249,000
4. Pokémon Pearl (DS) – 237,800
5. Wii Play (Wii) – 227,000
6. Forza Motorsport 2 (X360) – 217,000
7. Guitar Hero II (X360) – 184,000
8. Spider-Man 3 (X360) – 140,000
9. Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (X360) – 138,000
10. Guitar Hero II (PS2) – 131,000

The videogame industry saw a 49% sales rise for May totaling $815.5 million. Of this overall percentage hardware sales went up 79%, more than $221.4 million, and software sales went up 31%, $274 million. All USA dollars of course. So far this year gameworld sales have topped $5 billion, a rise of 47% from last year’s $3.4 billion. The game industry is expanding and that only spells good things for old and new gameplayers alike.

Save your bullet, Barney Fife. Let the train roll on.

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