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>PS3 versus Xbox 360: L.A. Noire’s May Sales Ranks Breakdown

June 14, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     L.A. Noire was released on May 17, 2011 for the PS3 and Xbox 360.  The game released with a “Standard” edition with a MSRP of $59.99.
     L.A. Noire was developed by Team Bondi and published by Rockstar Games.  The game received a “Mature” rating from the ESRB with, “Blood and Gore, Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs, Violence” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     The May 2011 NPD data was just released for video game hardware/software sales, and L.A. Noire was in the #1 software spot for the month, but the NPD data did not show the sales breakdown between the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game.

     The chart below is not designed to be a replacement of NPD data, but to be a supplement with the NPD data for developers and investors alike, that may be interested in sales data.

     Were more crimes apparently solved on the PS3 or the Xbox 360 in the first 14 days after L.A. Noire released, based on the game’s sales ranks in May?  Let’s take a look!

Chart Info:
     The chart below shows the sales ranks for L.A. Noire on the PS3 and Xbox 360, with sales ranks recorded from May 17 through May 31, 2011.  The sales ranks were recorded from the overall “Video Game” sales ranks each day, and the higher the lines on the chart the better the sales rank for each date/time recorded.  All times shown were recorded as Pacific Standard Times.
     Along with the sales ranks, I also recorded the sale price of each version as Amazon.com had them listed at the time.

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Highs & Lows:
     The highest recorded sale rank for L.A. Noire on the PS3 was #1, for 6 days in May.  The game was selling for $59.99 all of those days, and included either a $15 or $20 Amazon.com Video Game Credit for 5 out of those 6 days.
     The lowest recorded sale rank for L.A. Noire on the PS3 was #5 on May 31 around 4:10PM, and it was selling for $59.00 at the time.

     The highest recorded sale rank for L.A. Noire on the Xbox 360 was #1 on May 25 around 8:35PM.  The game was selling for $59.00 at the time.
     The lowest recorded sale rank for L.A. Noire on the Xbox 360 was #5 on May 30 around 8:10PM, and the game was selling for $53.99 at the time.

Overall Sales Rank Average:
     L.A. Noire on the PS3 had an overall sale rank average of #2 for the 14 days it was available in May.
     L.A. Noire on the Xbox 360 had an overall sale rank average of #3 for the 14 days it was available.

     The overall sales rank average was rounded to the nearest whole number.

Critical Reception:
     “Professional” reviews for L.A. Noire started being published on May 17, the day the game released.

     L.A. Noire’s current “professional” review score average on the PS3 is 89.59%, based on 50 reviews on GameRankings.com.
     The PS3’s version has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 134 customer reviews.

     L.A. Noire’s customer review score average on the PS3 is 78.50%, when the reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.

     L.A. Noire’s current “professional” review score average on the Xbox 360 is 87.85%, based on 56 reviews on GameRanking.scom.
     The Xbox 360’s version has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 143 customer reviews.
     L.A. Noire’s customer review score average on the Xbox 360 is 80%, when the customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.

     Review score averages were recorded around 11:30PM on June 13, 2011.

Filtered Thoughts:
     The overall sales average for both versions was very close.  The PS3 version was just over an average of #2, while the Xbox 360 version was closer to having a sales rank average of #3, overall from May 17 to May 31.
     Based on the overall sales ranks averages for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of L.A. Noire, we can assume that the PS3 version sold more copies than the Xbox 360 version on Amazon.com; but being that Amazon.com does not provide exact sales numbers, it would probably be a close call.
     Hopefully the NPD data will start providing better sales breakdowns for console games like L.A. Noire, so developers and investors can see how these games are performing on a console basis, and not just on an overall monthly basis.

     While I haven’t played L.A. Noire, I have seen the technology used for recording the actors/actresses in the game, and I was really impressed by it.
     Hearing, and seeing, so many good things about the facial recording/scanning technology used in L.A. Noire, makes me hope Rockstar will lease/sell the technology to other companies that might be interested in using it.

Questions:
     If you purchased L.A. Noire, what do you think about the game?  Is it worth the time to investigate and solve the crimes in the game?
     Also, do you hope L.A. Noire is a game that Rockstar will continue to support in the future, possibly with sequels?

If you are interested in L.A. Noire, you can see prices for both console versions on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002I0J5UQ&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002I0HBZW&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

>Analysis: Killzone 3’s February 2011 Sales Ranks with Chart

March 10, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     Killzone 3 was released on February 22, 2011 in North America on the PS3.  The game released with a “Standard” edition with a MSRP of $59.99, as well as a “Collector’s” edition with a MSRP of $129.99.
     Killzone 3 was developed by Guerrilla Games, and published by Sony.  The ESRB gave Killzone 3 a “M for Mature” rating, with “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language” listed as content for buyers to be aware of.

     Killzone 3 was Sony’s biggest PS3 release in February, but how did that translate into online sales ranks?  Let’s take a look!

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Chart Information:
     The chart above shows the sales ranks for Killzone 3’s Standard edition on the PS3, with ranks recorded from February 1 through February 28, 2011.  The sales ranks are reflective of pre-order sales ranks and release/post-release sales ranks for February.  All times shown on the chart were recorded as Pacific Standard Times.
     I recorded the date/time and sale rank of Killzone 3, as well as the price Amazon.com had listed, but the prices aren’t listed in the chart, though I will make a few notes regarding sales ranks and prices below.
     The chart above is not designed to replace the NPD sales numbers for February, but is designed to be a supplement for the NPD February 2011 numbers, and perhaps give us an idea of what affected sales for Killzone 3 during the month, such as reviews and prices.

Highs & Lows:
     The highest recorded sale rank for Killzone 3 was #1, on February 19, February 20, February 21, and February 22; around 4:30PM, 8:10PM, 9:30PM, 7:35PM and 10:50PM respectively.  Killzone 3 was selling for $59.99 with a $20 Amazon.com Credit and Pre-Order Bonus(image below) on February 19, February 20, and February 21.  On February 22 it was selling for $59.49 with the $20 Amazon.com Credit, both times I recorded the sale rank that day.

$20 Credit and Exclusive Killzone 3 Pre-Order Bonus as recorded on 2-19-11



     The lowest recorded sale rank for Killzone 3 was #18, on February 1 around 10:50PM, and it was selling for $57.99 when the sale rank was recorded.

Monthly Averages:
     Pre-Order Average – Killzone 3’s average sale rank before it released was #8, from February 1 through February 21.
     Release/Post-Release Average – Killzone 3’s average Amazon.com sale rank after it released was #4, from February 22 through February 28.
     Overall Monthly AverageKillzone 3 had an overall monthly sale rank of #7, when I averaged all the Amazon.com sales ranks from February 1 through February 28.


Critical Reception:
     Killzone 3’s first “professional” review scores started being published on the internet on February 3.  GameRankings.com had 13 reviews posted for Killzone 3 on February 3, and the average review score for just the internet reviews posted on February 3 for Killzone 3 was 87.91%.

     Killzone 3’s current “professional” review score average is 86.94%, based on 49 reviews on GameRankings.com.
     Killzone 3’s current customer review score average is 87.88%, based on 109 customer reviews on Amazon.com.
     (Current review scores recorded around 3:00PM on 3-10-11)

Agree, or disagree?

Filtered Thoughts:
     Killzone 3 saw the biggest jump in sale rank from February 2 to February 3, moving up eight spots and into Amazon.com’s “Top 10” in video games.  On February 2, Killzone 3’s sale rank was #14 around 9:10PM; on February 3 around 8:25PM, Killzone 3 had a sale rank of #6.
     The first reviews for Killzone 3 started being published on the internet in the 23 hours between sale rank recordings on February 2 and February 3.  I think it’s pretty evident that the reviews are what caused the increase in sale rank, because the listed price for Killzone 3 was $57.99 on both February 2 and February 3; so a change in price wouldn’t have been a contributing factor for either day.

     I didn’t record Killzone 3 at the #1 sale rank in February, until February 19, which was also the first day I recorded Amazon.com offering the $20 Credit and Pre-Order Bonus with the game.
     February 22 was the last day I recorded Amazon.com offering the $20 Credit with Killzone 3, and February 22 was also the last day in February that I recorded Killzone 3 with the #1 Amazon Bestsellers Rank in video games.
      I find it interesting that it seems like a $20 Credit is what it took to get Killzone 3 to the #1 spot on Amazon.com in February, and as soon as the $20 Credit was removed from the orders, the game’s sale rank decreased, and never reached the #1 spot again in February.
     Perhaps Killzone 3 commercials airing for the game also helped, though I don’t know how many commercials Sony had, or when they started airing them.  I know THIS commercial was uploaded February 18 to Kevin Butler’s YouTube account, so if it was airing on February 19, it probably helped the sale rank as well.

     While I haven’t purchased Killzone 3 myself, I know a few readers here have played the game, either through the Open Multi-Player Beta a few weeks back(like myself) or the retail version they purchased.  If you missed my FPS Friday post in February on Killzone 3, here’s the video I included with the post showing an online multi-player match:

Questions:
     Do you think the Amazon.com sales ranks for Killzone 3 will be reflective of the February NPD data, with Killzone 3 being in the “Top 10” of the NPD software sold, but perhaps not in the “Top 5” for the month?
     Also, if you purchased Killzone 3, how did you purchase it: online, or in a retail store?


If anybody is interested in Killzone 3, you can see prices for both the Standard and Collector’s versions on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002I0K6DG&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0049LAVB4&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

September 2010 – Xbox 360 Consoles Sales Ranks

October 9, 2010

The Coffee Beans:
     Microsoft had three main Xbox 360 consoles available for sale during the month of September.  Each Xbox 360 was at a different price point, and one of the Xbox 360 consoles was not available for purchase until September 14(pre-order was available before it released).
     As I stated in my, “September 2010 – PS3 Slim & PS3 Move Bundle Console Sales Ranks” post earlier this week, the chart below is not designed to replace, or predict, NPD sales numbers for September; but it is designed to be a visual aid and hopefully a good supplement, giving us an idea of what the sales breakdown may be within the different console Skus.
     When looking at the chart, the higher the line is on the chart, the better the sales ranks were for the console sku listed.
     Was Halo: Reach a system seller for Microsoft in September?  Let’s take a look…

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The Coffee Pot(what’s in the chart):
     The chart above shows the sales ranks for the 4GB Xbox 360 priced at $199.99, the 250GB Xbox 360 priced at $299.99, and the 250GB Xbox 360 Halo: Reach bundle priced at $399.99, during the month of September.
     The sales ranks were recorded on 17 different days during September, between September 3 and September 29, 2010.

Highs & Lows:
     The highest recorded sale rank for the 4GB Xbox 360 was #34, on September 3 around 11:45PM.
     The lowest recorded sale rank for the 4GB sku was #77, on September 27 around 11:55PM.

     The highest recorded sale rank for the 250GB Xbox 360($299.99) was #17, on September 8 and 9.
     The lowest recorded sale rank for the 250GB sku was #43, on September 19 around 9:30PM.

     The highest recorded sale rank for the 250GB Xbox 360 Halo: Reach bundle was #4, on September 9 around 11:40PM.
     The lowest recorded sale rank for the Halo: Reach bundle was #57, on September 28 around 11:30PM.

Thoughts:
     I think it’s interesting when looking at the chart, that the 250GB Halo: Reach bundle at $399.99, outranked the regular 250GB Xbox 360 sku priced at $299.99, for 13 out of the 17 days that sales ranks were recorded.
     If the NPD releases console specific numbers, I would expect to see the 250GB Xbox 360 Halo: Reach bundle leading all consoles for the month of September.
     I know people say the Halo games are system sellers for Microsoft, and I think it’s safe to say that Halo: Reach was a system seller during September, with what this data shows.
     Being that the data doesn’t represent sales numbers, but possibly represents how the console skus are selling at retail; I think when comparing these ranks, to the PS3 sales ranks during September that I showed earlier this week, the Xbox 360 will sell more units in September than the PS3.

Questions:
     Did any of you purchase an Xbox 360 during September?  If so, which Xbox 360 unit did you go with, and was Halo: Reach a determining factor in your purchase?

If you are interested in any sku of the Xbox 360, you can see prices on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003O6JKLC&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003O6JJKY&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003O6EETU&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Madden NFL 11 – PS3, Wii, & Xbox 360 August 2010 Amazon.com Sales Ranks

September 10, 2010

Quick Brew Info:
     On Monday, I posted “PS3 vs. Xbox 360 – Madden NFL 11 August 2010 Sales Ranks“.  Being that I already discussed the PS3 and Xbox 360 sales ranks in that post, this post will cover mainly the Wii version of Madden NFL 11.
     I left Madden NFL 11 Wii’s sales ranks out of the original chart, because I thought it was difficult to see small differences in sales ranks between the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions(plus the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions had the same MSRP), when the Wii version was included.  With this post, I am including the Wii version’s sales ranks in the same chart I used for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Madden NFL 11.
     Madden NFL 11 for the Wii was released on August 10, 2010; the same day the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions were released, but with a MSRP of $49.99, instead of $59.99.
     Was Madden NFL 11 on the Wii close to the sales ranks of the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Madden NFL 11?  Let’s take a look:

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Chart Info:
     The chart above shows the August 2010 sales ranks for Madden NFL 11 on the PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360.  Sales ranks were captured between August 2 and August 31, 2010.

Highs & Lows:
     The highest recorded sale rank for Madden NFL 11 on the Wii was #43, on August 8 and August 9.
The lowest recorded sale rank for Madden NFL 11 on the Wii was #146, on August 2 around 11:30PM.

     On the PS3, the highest recorded sale rank for Madden NFL 11 was #1, while the lowest sale rank was #30.  For the Xbox 360, the highest recorded sale rank was #2, the lowest recorded sale rank was #23.

Critical Reception:
     The Wii version of Madden NFL 11 had reviews start being published around August 9, just like the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.  The big difference with the Wii version’s review score average though, is the number of “professional” reviews it has.
  
     Madden NFL 11 on the Wii has a 76.50% review score average, based on just 6 “professional” reviews on GameRankings.com.
     The PS3 version had 21 reviews on Monday, and the Xbox 360 version had 26 reviews for its average on Monday.

     Here’s how the Wii version has faired from Amazon.com customer review scores:

Thoughts:
     Madden NFL 10 on the Wii was reported to have sold 66,000 copies its first month; compared to 928,000 copies for Madden NFL 10 on the Xbox 360, and 665,000 copies on the PS3.

     The August 2010 NPD data was released today, and Madden NFL 11 sold 920,800 copies on the Xbox 360 and 893,600 copies on the PS3.
     The Wii version of Madden NFL 11 didn’t make the NPD’s “Top 10” for August, and it appears to have sold less than 100,000 copies, from the initial sales numbers in the NPD data.  Perhaps in the next few days we will learn just how many copies were sold of the Wii version.

If you are interested in Madden NFL 11 on either the PS3, Wii, or Xbox 360, you can see prices for them on Amazon.com listed below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002I0J4FW&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002I0JB6E&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002I08ESA&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

PS3 vs. Xbox 360 – Madden NFL 11 August 2010 Sales Ranks

September 7, 2010

The Coffee Beans:

     Madden NFL 11 was released on August 10, 2010 for the PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, and Xbox 360.
     Last year after Madden NFL 10 released, I wrote an article, “Madden’s Magic Trick“, that discussed the overall declining sales of the Madden series, from Madden NFL 09 to Madden NFL 10.
     While the NPD data for August 2010 hasn’t been released yet, we can take a look at how Madden NFL 11 appears to have been selling during the month of August.  With the use of Amazon.com, I tracked Madden NFL 11’s sales ranks on the PS3 and Xbox 360 over 16 days in August, at various times each day.
     The chart below shows the August sales ranks for Madden NFL 11 on the PS3 and Xbox 360; sales ranks were captured between August 2 and August 31, 2010.  The game released on both consoles with a MSRP of $59.99.
     Will Madden NFL 11’s first month sales increase for both consoles over Madden NFL 10’s?  Or, will Madden NFL 11 see another year-over-year decrease in initial month sales on the Xbox 360, versus the PS3’s gain?  Let’s take a look at the sales ranks in August:

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Chart Info:
     ***You may not have noticed the asterisks marking August 13, 14, and 15 on the sales graph, but on those days, I recorded only the Xbox 360 version of Madden NFL 11 discounted to $49.99, the PS3 version was not discounted to $49.99.

Highs & Lows:
     The highest recorded sale rank for Madden NFL 11 on the PS3 was #1, on August 10 around 12:30PM.
The lowest recorded sale rank for Madden NFL 11 on the PS3 was #30, on August 28 around 10:55PM.

     The highest recorded sale rank for Madden NFL 11 on the Xbox 360 was #2, on several days: August 6, August 9, August 10, August 12, August 13, August 14, and August 15.
The lowest recorded sale rank for Madden NFL 11 on the Xbox 360 was #23, on August 28 around 10:55PM.

Critical Reception:
     The first reviews for Madden NFL 11 started being published around August 9, the day before the game released.

     Madden NFL 11 on the PS3 has a review score average of 86.21%, based on 21 “professional” reviews on GameRankings.com.
     Madden NFL 11 on the Xbox 360 has a review score average of 86.02%, based on 26 “professional” reviews on GameRankings.com.

     Neither the PS3 nor Xbox 360 version of Madden NFL 11 have faired well from Amazon.com customer reviews this year, here’s an image showing the Amazon.com customer reviews:
2.5 Stars out of 5 for both versions on Amazon.com

Thoughts:

     I think it will be interesting to see how well Madden NFL 11 has performed, compared to Madden NFL 10, when the NPD data is released for August.
     I definitely don’t think the Amazon.com customer review scores would help encourage people to buy the game if they are just glancing at the overall score, but perhaps the “professional” reviews convinced enough people to purchase the game at retail stores?
     While I didn’t get a sales rank for every day of the month, I think that Madden falling off like it did at the end of August is a bad sign for the game.
     If one console will see an increase in sales, I think it will be the PS3 version again, though it does seem that Amazon.com was more aggressive early on with price-cuts to the Xbox 360 version.  I guess we will find out in a week or so!

Question:
     Did anybody purchase Madden NFL 11, and if so, where did you purchase it?  Do you think Madden NFL 11 is better or worse, than other Madden games you have played?
     Based off the sales ranks shown, does anybody want to guess whether Madden NFL 11 will see an overall sales increase or decrease compared to Madden NFL 10?  I would go with an overall sales decrease, just because of how it fell off at the end of August from being in the Amazon.com Top 10.


You can see prices for Madden NFL 11 on the PS3 and Xbox 360 on Amazon.com below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002I0JB6E&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002I0J4FW&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr 

Xbox 360 4GB Arcade vs. Black Wii/White Wii Bundles- August 2010 Sales Ranks

September 6, 2010

The Coffee Beans (what makes up this chart):
     The chart below shows the sales ranks for the 4GB Xbox 360 Arcade console priced at $199.99, as well the sales ranks for the Black Wii w/ Wii Sports Resort and White Wii w/ Wii Sports Resort bundles priced at $199.99.  The sales ranks were captured between August 2 and August 31, 2010.
     I captured sales ranks on 18 different days in August, with one day having sales ranks captured twice at different times; for a total of nineteen sales ranks on the chart.  The higher the line is on the chart, the better the sales ranks were for the consoles on Amazon.com.
     Why did I select to compare the 4GB Xbox 360 with the Black Wii and White Wii bundles?  First, all of these consoles have a MSRP of $199.99.
     Second, when the NPD data releases for August 2010, I hope this data will give us an idea of which console versions/bundles are selling well.  Instead of just seeing “443.5K Xbox 360 units”, or “253.9K Wii units”, we can get an idea of which console units have been selling better than others.
     So, did the 4GB Xbox 360 “Arcade” version out-rank either the Black or White Wii w/ Wii Sports Resort bundles during August?  Let’s take a look:

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Highs & Lows:
     The highest recorded sale rank for the 4GB Xbox 360 Arcade was #29, on August 10 around 12:30PM.
The lowest recorded sale rank for the 4GB Xbox 360 was #144, on August 5 around 1:30AM.

     The highest recorded sale rank for the Black Wii w/ Wii Sports Resort bundle was #11, on August 16 and August 30; around 8:20PM and 11:55PM for each day.
The lowest recorded sale rank for the Black Wii bundle was #19, on August 28 around 10:55PM.

     The highest recorded sale rank for the White Wii w/ Wii Sports Resort bundle was #60, on August 2 around 11:40PM.
The lowest recorded sale rank for the White Wii bundle was #100, on August 22 around 10:25PM.

Thoughts:
     Like I said in my, “PS3 vs. Xbox 360 – August 2010 Sales Ranks” piece, these sales ranks don’t tell us how many units were sold, but they give us an idea of what may be happening in retail stores, and overall for the month of August.
     I was really surprised to see how the 4GB Xbox 360 had a steady lead over the White Wii w/ Wii Sports Resort bundle, for almost the entire month of August.
     I was also surprised because I thought the White Wii version would be selling better than the Black Wii w/ Wii Sports Resort bundle; due to the White Wii being the original console color released.

Questions:
     Was anybody else surprised like I was at the lower sales ranks of the White Wii w/ Wii Sports Resort bundle?


If you are interested in either the 4GB Xbox 360 or the Wii bundles, you can see them on Amazon.com below:
  

PS3 vs. Xbox 360 – August 2010 Sales Ranks

September 4, 2010

The Coffee Beans(what makes up this chart):
     The chart below shows the sales ranks for the PS3 120GB AND 160GB consoles priced at $299.99, as well as showing the sale ranks for the Xbox 360 250GB console priced at $299.99.  The sales ranks were captured between August 2 and August 31, 2010.  The sales ranks were captured on 18 different days in August, with one day having sales ranks captured twice at different times; for a total of nineteen sales ranks on the chart.
     The higher the line is on the chart, the better the sales ranks were for the consoles on Amazon.com.

     When looking at the chart, you may notice August 13, 15, 16, and 20 are highlighted at the top and have asterisks next to the dates and times.  On August 13, 15, 16, the 120GB PS3 was noted as “Out-of-stock” directly from Amazon.com, but was available from third party vendors at the time.
     August 20 was the first day I recorded sales ranks with the 160GB PS3 being listed on Amazon.com, instead of the 120GB PS3 console.
     So, from August 2 through August 16, the sales ranks for the PS3 are for the 120GB console model; from August 20 through August 31 on the chart, the sales ranks for the PS3 are for the 160GB model.

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Highs & Lows:
     The highest recorded sale rank for the 120GB PS3 was #8, on August 10 around 12:30PM.
The lowest recorded sale rank for the 120GB PS3 was #22, on August 15 around 11:15PM.

     The highest recorded sale rank for the 160GB PS3 was #5, on August 20 around 4:00PM.
The lowest recorded sale rank for the 160GB PS3 was #15, on August 31 around 7:45PM.

     The highest recorded sale rank for the 250GB Xbox 360 was #10, on August 16 around 8:20PM.
The lowest recorded sale rank for the 250GB Xbox 360 was #23, on August 14 and August 31.

Thoughts:
     While the Amazon.com sales ranks don’t tell us how many units were sold, they do give us an idea of what may be happening in retail stores.  I think it will be interesting to see how close the sales numbers are between the consoles, when the August 2010 NPD data is released in a few weeks.
     Whenever I was recording the sales ranks, I thought it was very interesting that Amazon.com was “out-of-stock” of the PS3 on August 13, so much so that I wrote a note with the sales rank that day.
     It was on August 17, when Sony announced the 160GB PS3, and a 320GB PS3 model that will be available to purchase on September 19 for $399.99.
     I am hoping this data will start giving us an idea of which console versions/bundles are selling well, so when we look at the NPD data, the general “PS3”, “Xbox 360”, and “Wii” listings may make a little more sense.
     I do have more data from August, and I’m hoping to get the rest up over the weekend.

Questions:
     Though this data doesn’t show all console versions sold; based off these sales ranks, do you think that the PS3 will take first place overall in the NPD’s August 2010 data?

If you are interested in either the PS3 or the Xbox 360, you can see both listed on Amazon.com below:

PS3 vs. Xbox 360 vs. Wii – Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 Sales

August 9, 2010

Quick Brew Info:
     Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 was released on June 8, 2010, on the PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360.  The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions released with a MSRP of $59.99, while the Wii version released with a MSRP of $49.99.  The game was developed by EA Tiburon and published under the EA Sports brand.

     When the June 2010 NPD sales results were posted, it showed that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 had declined 68% overall, in first month sales year-over-year.  The Wii version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 had the most significant decrease in year-over-year sales, decreasing by 86%.  An analyst from Cowen and Company, Doug Creutz, even stated, “…Woods’ scandal woes may have permanently damaged the sales potential….”, when speaking of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour franchise.

     With June NPD numbers not looking so well for the game, did it fair better in July and the beginning of August so far?  Let’s take a look at the sales ranks tracked for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 on the PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360.

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Chart Info:
     The chart above shows the sales ranks for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 on the PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360, with data captured between June 8 and August 9, 2010.  The higher the line is on the chart, the better the sales ranks are for the game.
     35 days of data were captured, with forty-one sales ranks used in the chart.

Highs & Lows:
     The highest recorded sale rank for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 on the PS3 was #42, on June 8 around 4:10AM.
The lowest recorded sale rank for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 on the PS3 was #770, on August 8 around 9:50PM.

     The highest recorded sale rank for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 on the Xbox 360 was #60, on June 8 around 4:10AM.
The lowest recorded sale rank for the game on the Xbox 360 was #1,441, on August 9 around 1:50PM.

     The highest recorded sale rank for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 on the Wii was #51, on June 8 around 10:30PM.
The lowest recorded sale rank for the game on the Wii was #660, on July 26, around 3:20AM.

Critical Reception:
     After looking when the first review scores started being published, it appears that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 was under a “review embargo” of sorts, at least until the game released.  The first review scores started being published on/around June 8, which was the day the game released.

     Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 on the PS3 has a review score average of 78.63%, based on 26 reviews on GameRankings.com
     Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 on the Xbox 360 has a review score average of 80.57%, based on 36 reviews.
     Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 on the Wii has a review score average of 84.33%, based on 20 reviews.

(Do you agree, or disagree with the score?)
Possible Influences on Rank:
     On June 21 and 22, as well as June 25, I recorded Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 on the PS3 and Xbox 360 selling for $49.99, and the Wii version selling for 42.99.
I recorded the Wii version selling for $39.99, on August 2, 5, and 6.
Thoughts/Questions:
     I have not played any of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour games on this generation of consoles.  Other than the new control options like the Wii Remote, and that being updated with WM+, or the Sony games now getting the Sony Move support, I don’t see how the Tiger Woods PGA Tour games have changed a whole lot from the initial games, as of game-play.
     
     If you have played the Tiger Woods PGA Tour franchise games on a near yearly basis, please leave your thoughts if you think the franchise has continuously changed for the better; or, do you think somebody that purchased one of the original games in the franchise has experienced, for the most part, what the most recent franchise releases are offering?
If you are interested in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 on either the PS3, Wii, or Xbox 360, you can see prices for each version on Amazon.com below:
  

PS3 vs. Xbox 360: UFC Undisputed 2010’s May/June Sales Ranks Per System: Chart Included

July 8, 2010

Quick Brew Info:
UFC Undisputed 2010 was released on May 25, 2010, for both the PS3 and Xbox 360.  The game released with a MSRP of $59.99.  UFC Undisputed 2010 is a continuation of the Ultimate Fighting Championship game series that was originally started on the Sega Dreamcast.

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Chart Info:
The chart above shows the sales ranks for UFC Undisputed 2010 on the PS3 and the Xbox 360, with data captured between May 25, 2010 through June 30, 2010.
The chart “legend” shows on May 30, around 5:15PM, I recorded UFC Undisputed 2010 on the Xbox 360 was on sale for $39.99.

Highs & Lows:
The highest recorded sale rank for UFC Undisputed 2010 on the PS3 was #20, on May 27, around 12:30AM.
The lowest recorded sale rank for UFC Undisputed 2010 on the PS3 was #253, on June 27, around 1:50PM.

The highest recorded sale rank for UFC Undisputed 2010 on the Xbox 360 was #16, on May 31, around 1:00AM.
The lowest recorded sale rank for UFC Undisputed 2010 on the Xbox 360 was #227, on June 28, around 12:40AM.

Critical Reception:
Review scores for both versions of UFC Undisputed 2010 started being published around May 20, about 5 days before the game released.
UFC Undisputed 2010 on the PS3 currently has a review score average of 87.25%, based on 40 reviews.
UFC Undisputed 2010 on the Xbox 360 currently has a review score average of 86.02%, based on 50 reviews.

(Agree? Or, disagree?)

Thoughts:
I own the original Ultimate Fighting Championship on the Sega Dreamcast, and I downloaded the demo for UFC Undisputed 2010 on my PS3.

The May 2010 NPD sales numbers revealed that UFC Undisputed 2010 sold 222,100 copies on the Xbox 360, while the PS3 version sold 192,300 copies; taking fourth and fifth place in the NPD Top 10 for May.

While you may be thinking those numbers are good(and I do myself), those numbers were a significant decrease in the number of units sold compared to UFC Undisputed 2009.  PASTAPADRE has an excellent article discussing the sales numbers from last year to this year, and says, “THQ saw a year-over-year drop of 59% for the first month of UFC.

As I said under the “Chart Info” section, the Xbox 360 version of UFC Undisputed 2010 saw a significant sale price of $39.99, I first recorded on May 30, around 5:15PM.  I recorded it at $39.99 from May 30 through June 3.
On May 30, I recorded the PS3 version of UFC Undisputed 2010 with a sale price of $53.77.  The first time I recorded the PS3 version reaching the sale price of $39.99, was on July 4, 36 days after I first recorded the Xbox 360 version going on sale for that price.

Like Red Dead Redemption, I think it is interesting that the PS3 version of UFC Undisputed 2010 has exclusive content, that the Xbox 360 version does not have, yet the Xbox 360 version did outsell the PS3 version overall in May.
Now, perhaps the exclusive content can account for the PS3 having the smaller sales decrease percentage wise, year-over-year; and perhaps the exclusive content in the PS3 version is why Amazon.com didn’t drop the price as quickly for that version.

Here’s footage from a match I recorded playing the demo, and some pictures from UFC Undisputed 2010’s official page as well:

Questions:
If you purchased UFC Undisputed 2010, which version did you purchase?  If you’re a mult-console owner, did you purchase the PS3 version for the exclusive content?


Is UFC Undisputed 2010 a game you would recommend to other PS3 and Xbox 360 owners?  Or, would you recommend them find an older version of it instead?

If you are interested in either the PS3 or the Xbox 360 version of UFC Undisputed 2010, you can see prices for both on Amazon.com listed below:
  

PS3 vs. Xbox 360: UFC Undisputed 2010’s May/June Sales Ranks Per System: Chart Included

July 8, 2010

Quick Brew Info:
UFC Undisputed 2010 was released on May 25, 2010, for both the PS3 and Xbox 360.  The game released with a MSRP of $59.99.  UFC Undisputed 2010 is a continuation of the Ultimate Fighting Championship game series that was originally started on the Sega Dreamcast.

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Chart Info:
The chart above shows the sales ranks for UFC Undisputed 2010 on the PS3 and the Xbox 360, with data captured between May 25, 2010 through June 30, 2010.
The chart “legend” shows on May 30, around 5:15PM, I recorded UFC Undisputed 2010 on the Xbox 360 was on sale for $39.99.

Highs & Lows:
The highest recorded sale rank for UFC Undisputed 2010 on the PS3 was #20, on May 27, around 12:30AM.
The lowest recorded sale rank for UFC Undisputed 2010 on the PS3 was #253, on June 27, around 1:50PM.

The highest recorded sale rank for UFC Undisputed 2010 on the Xbox 360 was #16, on May 31, around 1:00AM.
The lowest recorded sale rank for UFC Undisputed 2010 on the Xbox 360 was #227, on June 28, around 12:40AM.

Critical Reception:
Review scores for both versions of UFC Undisputed 2010 started being published around May 20, about 5 days before the game released.
UFC Undisputed 2010 on the PS3 currently has a review score average of 87.25%, based on 40 reviews.
UFC Undisputed 2010 on the Xbox 360 currently has a review score average of 86.02%, based on 50 reviews.

(Agree? Or, disagree?)

Thoughts:
I own the original Ultimate Fighting Championship on the Sega Dreamcast, and I downloaded the demo for UFC Undisputed 2010 on my PS3.

The May 2010 NPD sales numbers revealed that UFC Undisputed 2010 sold 222,100 copies on the Xbox 360, while the PS3 version sold 192,300 copies; taking fourth and fifth place in the NPD Top 10 for May.

While you may be thinking those numbers are good(and I do myself), those numbers were a significant decrease in the number of units sold compared to UFC Undisputed 2009.  PASTAPADRE has an excellent article discussing the sales numbers from last year to this year, and says, “THQ saw a year-over-year drop of 59% for the first month of UFC.

As I said under the “Chart Info” section, the Xbox 360 version of UFC Undisputed 2010 saw a significant sale price of $39.99, I first recorded on May 30, around 5:15PM.  I recorded it at $39.99 from May 30 through June 3.
On May 30, I recorded the PS3 version of UFC Undisputed 2010 with a sale price of $53.77.  The first time I recorded the PS3 version reaching the sale price of $39.99, was on July 4, 36 days after I first recorded the Xbox 360 version going on sale for that price.

Like Red Dead Redemption, I think it is interesting that the PS3 version of UFC Undisputed 2010 has exclusive content, that the Xbox 360 version does not have, yet the Xbox 360 version did outsell the PS3 version overall in May.
Now, perhaps the exclusive content can account for the PS3 having the smaller sales decrease percentage wise, year-over-year; and perhaps the exclusive content in the PS3 version is why Amazon.com didn’t drop the price as quickly for that version.

Here’s footage from a match I recorded playing the demo, and some pictures from UFC Undisputed 2010’s official page as well:

Questions:
If you purchased UFC Undisputed 2010, which version did you purchase?  If you’re a mult-console owner, did you purchase the PS3 version for the exclusive content?


Is UFC Undisputed 2010 a game you would recommend to other PS3 and Xbox 360 owners?  Or, would you recommend them find an older version of it instead?

If you are interested in either the PS3 or the Xbox 360 version of UFC Undisputed 2010, you can see prices for both on Amazon.com listed below: