Red Dead Redemption may have been a veritable blockbuster hit, but other big hitters failed to make an impact at retail. Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter has noted that several high-profile games all failed to hit 200,000 in unit sales.
These titles include Alan Wake, Blur, Prince of Persia, Lost Planet 2, Skate and movie-game adaptations Shrek and Iron Man 2. Additionally, UFC 2010 saw sales down 60% compared to its predecessor; even Super Mario Galaxy 2 performed “well below” the first game.
This is scary in the fact that these games have cost millions of dollars to make and that they won’t be making almost any profit. Pachter notes that these results “reinforce the notion that the video game industry is in a state of persistent secular decline.”
Red Dead Redemption continues its sales domination as NPD Group reveals the sales data for May 2010. The game has sold a combined 1.5 million units across the PS3 and Xbox 360. This has pushed the Italian plumber’s latest adventure down the gutter to third position.
Top Ten U.S. Console Games – Reporting May 2 to May 29, 2010
- Red Dead: Redemption (Xbox 360) – 945.9K
- Red Dead: Redemption (PS3) – 567.1K
- Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) – 563.9K
- UFC 2010: Undisputed (Xbox 360) – 221.1K
- UFC 2010: Undisputed (PS3) – 192.3K
- Wii Fit Plus w/ Balance Board (Wii)
- New Super Mario Bros Wii (Wii)
- Alan Wake* (Xbox 360)
- Pokemon Soul Silver (NDS)
- Skate 3 (Xbox 360)
Hardware sales was quite good, though numbers were down compared to last year. The best-selling console was the DS followed by the Wii. The Xbox 360 beat out the PS3 by a rather wide margin, and the PSP languishes at the lowly bottom.
U.S. Hardware Sales – Reporting May 2 to May 29, 2010
- DS: 383.7K (down 57.1K)
- Wii: 334.8K (up 57.6K)
- Xbox 360: 194.6K (up 9.2K)
- PS3: 154.5K (down 26.3K)
- PSP: 59.4K (down 6.1K)