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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:
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August Finished, September Beginning

September 4, 2010

     August was an extremely busy month for me!  Before I get into my list of coffees and games consumed/played in August, here are a few things that happened in August.

Many of you may not know, but I am officially back in college now full-time.  My classes started on August 16, and I’m enrolled in four different classes/labs:
1) Simulation & Games (SGD) 111 – Introduction to Simulation and Games
2) SGD 112 – SGD Design
3) SGD 116 – SGD Graphic Design Tools
4) Computer Information Systems 115 – C++
Here are the books I have for the classes:
SGD 111 –
1) Break Into The Game Industry: How to Get A Job Making Video Games
2) Google SketchUp 7 For Dummies
3) Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
SGD 112 –
1) Fundamentals of Game Design (2nd Edition)
2) The Game Maker’s Apprentice: Game Development for Beginners (Book & CD)
SGD 116 –
1) Exploring Adobe Photoshop CS4 (Design Exploration)
CIS 115 –
1) An Introduction to Programming With C++
     On top of starting school, I had to show up for jury duty on August 25, and thought that because I was a student I could get dismissed easily.  I was told that if I was dismissed, I would have to be back in either November or December, so I decided I would just wait it out and get it over with quickly…at least I thought that!
     I ended up being selected as a juror for a trial, and the trial lasted Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; it ended in a mistrial!  It was a very interesting experience though, and it showed me how crazy the legal system is.
     With the start of school and a lot going on in August, I consumed a good bit of coffee, and did find some time to play some games.  Let’s take a look…

Coffees Consumed in August:
     Folgers Gourmet Supreme Dark Roast
     Starbucks Italian Roast Coffee X-Bold Dark Roast
     Folgers Classic Decaf Medium Roast
     Trader Joe’s Organic Fair Trade Five Country Espresso Blend Dark Roast
     Maxwell House Breakfast Blend Mild
     The one coffee oddity you may have noticed was the Folgers Classic Decaf Medium Roast, because I normally don’t drink decaf.
     The weekend after I started school, we had some friends come in town and stay with us.  The first night they were here, I asked if anybody wanted coffee at about 11:00PM or so, and my friend said he would take decaf if we had any.  After the initial shock of somebody requesting decaf wore off, I went and dug through our pantry to see if had any; sure enough, we did, and I brewed us some.
Games Played in August:
     Call of Duty: World at War (PS3)
     Groovin’ Blocks (WiiWare)
     Pearl Harbor Trilogy – 1941: Red Sun Rising (WiiWare)
     Call of Duty: World at War (Wii)
     Rage of the Gladiator (WiiWare)
     Excitebots: Trick Racing (Wii)
     Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)
     New Super Mario Bros. Wii
     When our friends visited us, they brought New Super Mario Bros. Wii with them.  If you weren’t following my blog back in January, you may have missed my post, “New Super Mario Bros. Wii Causes Marriage Problems!?”  My friend knew that Mrs. CwG and I had played New Super Mario Bros. Wii before, and during the weekend, we attempted a four player battle against Bowser.
     There was lots of friendly yelling and screaming, and “BUBBLE!!” was probably shouted 100 times, but we were successful, completing it with four players.
     During the weekend they visited, a lot of games were played.  The amount we played Excitebots: Trick Racing surprised me the most, and I still had a lot of fun with the game.
     When our friends departed, we did an old school “trade” on games.  He had been renting Super Mario Galaxy from the library, but the game was scratched up and had issues playing in his Wii.  I own Super Mario Galaxy, so he “traded” me New Super Mario Bros. Wii, for Super Mario Galaxy.  It’s not a permanent trade, but it will be for a while.
Totals:
     In August, I had five different coffee blends, and I played eight different video games.  One of the coffee blends I should be posting about separately in a few days.
Questions:
     What games did you play during August, and did you have any drink of choice during August while gaming?