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News: January NPD: PS4 Reclaims Lead in Console War by Almost Doubling Sales of Xbox One

January NPD: PS4 Reclaims Lead in Console War by Almost Doubling Sales of Xbox One

Return of the king

Stock shortages may have caused a setback in Sony’s assault on North America in December, but the PlayStation 4 has climbed right back to the top of the console tree in January. According to the Japanese giant, its freshest format was the best selling next-gen system in North America last month, with the burly black box almost...

News: December NPD: Xbox One Hits Back at PS4 in Next-Gen Console War

December NPD: Xbox One Hits Back at PS4 in Next-Gen Console War

Sony says it's still winning in North America

Microsoft’s decision to redirect the majority of its Xbox One stock to North America may put the platform holder in positive spirits this evening, as the next generation system bettered the PlayStation 4 in the latest NPD sales report. According to a press release from the Redmond-based manufacturer,...

News: November NPD: PS4 Draws First Blood in North American Console War

November NPD: PS4 Draws First Blood in North American Console War

Turning the tables

Sony has staged an assault on Microsoft's home territory, and topped the NPD charts with the PlayStation 4. According to the platform holder — which doesn't ordinarily engage in the monthly sales merry-go-round — its next generation console was the best-selling system in North America in November, moving one million units in...

News: July NPD: NCAA Football 14 Scores a Touchdown, Physical Sales Body Checked

July NPD: NCAA Football 14 Scores a Touchdown, Physical Sales Body Checked

Sony numbers still a secret

As has become a recurring trend for these NPD sales reports, the physical arm of the North American games industry declined yet again in July. The market as a whole dropped by 19 per cent year-over-year, with hardware specifically facing a 34 per cent decrease from $150.9 million in 2012 to just $99.4 million last...

News: June NPD: The Last of Us Conquers Charts, Sneaks Up on God of War III's Record

June NPD: The Last of Us Conquers Charts, Sneaks Up on God of War III's Record

Ellie of a performance

Naughty Dog has well and truly hammered a nail in the coffin of comments suggesting that new franchises struggle at the end of a generation. First-party favourite The Last of Us topped the North American sales charts for June, securing the third largest launch in the month since NPD started tracking data in 1995. The...

News: PlayStation 3 Shifted 263,000 Units in North America Last Month

PlayStation 3 Shifted 263,000 Units in North America Last Month

Sales strong for Sony's system

PlayStation 4 may have stolen the headlines in February, but the PlayStation 3 proved that it’s still got the staying power to carry Sony into the next generation. GamesIndustry.biz has revealed that the manufacturer’s current flagship console sold 263,000 units in North America last month – enough to make it the...

News: December NPD: Black Ops 2 Dominates Disappointing 2012

December NPD: Black Ops 2 Dominates Disappointing 2012

The future's bleak

Staying consistent with the rest of 2012, December served up another year of decline for the North American video game industry. Despite pulling in a whopping $3.2 billion during the festive window, sales were still down 22 per cent over last year’s $4.10 billion. The year as a whole drooped by a similar margin, scooping just...

News: October NPD: NBA 2K13 Slams, Industry Dunks

October NPD: NBA 2K13 Slams, Industry Dunks

Bounce back

NBA 2K13 scored a convincing three-pointer in the latest NPD report, as the rest of the North American video games industry continued its downward trend. The sector as a whole earned $755.5 million for the period, a figure which compares negatively to last year’s $1 billion. While the figures aren't especially pleasant, analyst Liam...

News: September NPD: Hardware Sales Jump, Borderlands 2 Explodes

September NPD: Hardware Sales Jump, Borderlands 2 Explodes

Christmas is coming

Average weekly sales of both the PlayStation 3 and Vita increased in North America throughout September, suggesting renewed momentum heading into the holiday season. As has become a recurring theme, the Xbox 360 was the best selling console for the month with 270,000 units sold. Unfortunately, Sony doesn't share specific hardware...

News: July NPD: NCAA Football '13 Sprints Straight to the Top

July NPD: NCAA Football '13 Sprints Straight to the Top

Industry woes continue, though

July proved to be another desperately disappointing month for physical video game sales in North America. Overall sales in the retail sector dropped by 20 percent year over year – bringing in just $548.4 million compared to $686.3 million the year prior. Hardware sales dwindled by as much as 32 percent, with a 23...

News: May NPD: Hardware Collapses, Investors Look Away Now

May NPD: Hardware Collapses, Investors Look Away Now

Troublesome trends

Let’s get straight to the point: May was not a good month for video game sales in North America. Hardware sales were down 39% year-over-year, bringing in just $138.9 million compared to $228.8 million in 2011. Software sales also saw a decline of 16%, though the NPD puts that decrease down to fewer releases. Unsurprisingly, PC...

News: April NPD: Prototype 2 Tops, Industry Drops

April NPD: Prototype 2 Tops, Industry Drops

Heller bad

Those of you with any kind of financial investment in the North American video game industry might want to point your browser towards a more positive place. The April NPD results are in, and they don’t make for particularly pleasant reading in the slightest. Indeed, as a whole the gaming industry shrunk by a whopping 32 percent year...

News: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Flexes Its Commercial Muscles

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Flexes Its Commercial Muscles

Cash is king

New intellectual properties have it tough in today’s video game market, so it’s refreshing to see a title like Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning post impressive US sales. The EA published action RPG has sold 410k units since its launch in February, with a sizeable chunk of those sales coming from the month of March. NPD’s David Riley...