NPD Group: Canadian console hardware sales more than double for September

Canadian hardware, software sales: NPD Group spills game industry numbers for September 2007 - Image 1The NPD Group has just released the retail sales numbers of Canada’s video game industry, and for the month of September, hardware sales of the Microsoft Xbox 360 have jumped to 51,200 units. The rise was attributed to the September 25 release of Bungie StudiosHalo 3, published by Microsoft. Over all, the game industry was reported to have met a 96% increase in total sales from US$ 66.2 million to US$ 129.7 million, year on year.

Throughout the retail sale categories that the NPD report covered, console hardware sales have more than doubled for the month alone, confirming Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter’s prediction. The revenue hit a high of 244% from US$ 13 million in September last year to US$ 44.7 million in September this year.

With it, console software sales rose 79% year-on-year, from US$ 27.8 million to US$ 49.9 million in revenue. Handhelds in contrast performed in the lowest margins, though both software and hardware revenue increased according to NPD’s numbers.

Handhelds sold in the nation hiked up 29% from US$ 9 million in September last year to US$ 11.7 million this year, while handheld video games rose by a slim 2% from last year – US$ 9.5 million to US$ 9.7 million. The hardware sales ranked by most unit sales for the month of September stood as:

  • Microsoft Xbox 360 – 51,200
  • Nintendo DS – 45,000
  • Nintendo Wii – 42,900
  • Sony PSP – 2,200
  • Sony PS2 – 16,500
  • Sony PS3 – 15,600
  • Nintendo GBA – 8,600

You can also see the top 10 video games for September 2007 ranked by most unit sales at the full article.

Canadian hardware, software sales: NPD Group spills game industry numbers for September 2007 - Image 1The NPD Group has just released the retail sales numbers of Canada’s video game industry, and for the month of September, hardware sales of the Microsoft Xbox 360 have jumped to 51,200 units. The rise was attributed to the September 25 release of Bungie StudiosHalo 3, published by Microsoft. Over all, the game industry was reported to have met a 96% increase in total sales from US$ 66.2 million to US$ 129.7 million, year on year.

Throughout the retail sale categories that the NPD report covered, console hardware sales have more than doubled for the month alone, confirming Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter’s prediction. The revenue hit a high of 244% from US$ 13 million in September last year to US$ 44.7 million in September this year.

With it, console software sales rose 79% year-on-year, from US$ 27.8 million to US$ 49.9 million in revenue. Handhelds in contrast performed in the lowest margins, though both software and hardware revenue increased according to NPD’s numbers.

Handhelds sold in the nation hiked up 29% from US$ 9 million in September last year to US$ 11.7 million this year, while handheld video games rose by a slim 2% from last year – US$ 9.5 million to US$ 9.7 million. The hardware sales ranked by most unit sales for the month of September stood as:

  • Microsoft Xbox 360 – 51,200
  • Nintendo DS – 45,000
  • Nintendo Wii – 42,900
  • Sony PSP – 2,200
  • Sony PS2 – 16,500
  • Sony PS3 – 15,600
  • Nintendo GBA – 8,600

The top 10 video games for September 2007 ranked by most unit sales are:

  • Halo 3 (Developed by Bungie Studios, published by Microsoft Game Studios for Xbox 360) – 135,000
  • NHL 08 (Developed by EA Canada, published by Electronic Arts for Xbox 360) – 54,500
  • NHL 08 (Developed by EA Canada, published by Electronic Arts for PlayStation 2) – 41,700
  • Halo 3 Legendary Edition (Developed by Bungie Studios, published by Microsoft Game Studios for Xbox 360) – 27,200
  • Wii Play w/ Remote (Developed by Nintendo, published by Nintendo for Wii) – 25,000
  • Halo 3 Collectors Edition (Developed by Bungie Studios, published by Microsoft Game Studios for Xbox 360) – 24,900
  • NHL 08 (Developed by EA Canada, published by Electronic Arts for PlayStation 3) – 20,800
  • Brain Age 2: More Brain Training for Adults (Developed by Nintendo, published by Nintendo for NDS) – 20,800
  • Wii Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Developed by Retro Studios, published by Nintendo for Wii) – 16,400
  • Guitar Hero 2 w/ Guitar (Developed by Harmonix, published by Activision for PlayStation 2) – 15,000

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