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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.

Click chart to view full size.

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

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>Sega’s Advertising Failure – Conduit 2?

May 17, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     Conduit 2 was released on April 19, 2011 for the Wii with a MSRP of $49.99.
     Conduit 2 was developed by High Voltage Software, and published by Sega.  The game received a “Teen” rating from the ESRB with “Animated Blood, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     It was officially announced on March 29, 2010 that Conduit 2 was in development.  The game is a direct sequel to the original game, The Conduit, but it has several new features such as local multi-player and WM+ control support.  Conduit 2 can also be patched(and has been) to hopefully address any issues that may pop-up in the game.

     With Conduit 2 being the sequel to one of the Wii’s most-hyped FPS games, did Sega’s approach of not advertising Conduit 2 with any commercials, and relying only on name-recognition payoff for them?  Let’s take a look!

Click chart to view full size to read/see data easier.
The higher the line on the chart, the better the sales rank.

Chart Info:
     The chart above shows the sales ranks for Conduit 2 on the Wii, with sales ranks recorded from April 19 though April 30, 2011.  The sales ranks were recorded each day from Amazon.com’s “Video Game” category, that posts the sales ranks for video games and video game accessories.
     Conduit 2’s sale price on Amazon.com was also recorded each day, and is shown above each date/time and sale rank point on the chart.
     The chart has the graph lines reversed so the higher the line on the chart, the better the Amazon.com sales ranks.

Highs & Lows:
     The highest recorded sale rank for Conduit 2 was #365 on April 19 around 11:30PM.
      The lowest recorded sale rank for Conduit 2 was #1,138 on April 30 around 10:05PM.

Sale Rank Average:
     Conduit 2’s overall sale rank overage was #685 for the 11 days of data recorded in April.

Critical Reception:
     Conduit 2’s “professional” review score averages started being published on the internet on April 19, the day it released.

     Conduit 2’s current “professional” review score average is 67.16%, based on 32 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game currently has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 13 customer reviews.
     Conduit 2’s customer review score average is 87.69% when the reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.

     Review score averages recorded around 12:30AM on May 17, 2011.

Filtered Thoughts:
     The Conduit released on June 23, 2009.  The game had a lot of hype from High Voltage Software, the game’s developer, before it released, and Sega even helped the game along by releasing two commercials for it.
     I have followed Amazon.com sales ranks on different games for a while now. The original game, The Conduit, may have been the first game I actively followed on Amazon.com.
     You can see through the following dates/links how The Conduit was ranking back in June/July 2009, as well as one post from September 2009:
     The Conduit Entered Amazon.com’s “Top 100” Video GamesJune 20, 2009
     The Conduit Entered Amazon.com’s “Top 50” Video GamesJune 22, 2009
     The Conduit Entered Amazon.com’s “Top 30” Video GamesJune 23, 2009
     The Conduit Entered Amazon.com’s “Top 20” Video GamesJune 24, 2009
     The Conduit made the Wii’s “Top 5” Game Sales(according to rank) – June 27, 2009
     The Conduit Falls from Amazon.com’s “Top 100” Video GamesJuly 25, 2009
     The Conduit’s 12 WeeksSeptember 24, 2009

     As the links above show, The Conduit did pretty well initially on Amazon.com, especially when compared to Conduit 2.

     I never saw Conduit 2 crack Amazon.com’s “Top 100” in video games, and as the chart shows, its sales ranks plummeted pretty quickly after it released.  I think one big reason for this, was Sega’s and/or HVS’ lack of advertising for the game.  While The Conduit had two commercials put out for it, Conduit 2 has had zero commercials put out for it.

     I don’t know what happened from the original game to Conduit 2, but for some reason HVS and/or Sega didn’t feel the sequel needed as much promotion as the original.  Why would a publisher release a game on the console with the largest installation base and not put out one single television advertisement?  I have no idea, but I would love to ask the people that made that decision, “Why?”.

     If Sega was really relying on The Conduit’s name-recognition only, I would say that was a major failure on their part; and I think the sales chart above and the lack of Conduit 2 information in April’s NPD data verifies that.

     If you have not seen any footage from Conduit 2, below is the first trailer released for the game.

Questions:
     Have any of you been playing Conduit 2 since it released, and if so, what do you think about it?
     If you played the original game, The Conduit, and you have played Conduit 2, do you think Conduit 2 is better than the original in most areas?
     Also, do any of you think it’s odd that Sega/HVS did not put out any commercials for Conduit 2?

     If any of you are interested in Conduit 2, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003GB4UXI&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  

>PS3 vs. Xbox 360: Portal 2’s April Sales Ranks – Analysis with Chart

May 10, 2011

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Is this guy coffee proof?



Coffee Beans:
     Portal 2 was released on April 19, 2011 for both the PS3 and Xbox 360.  The game released with a “Standard” edition with a MSRP of $59.99.
     Portal 2 was developed and published by Valve, and distributed by Electronic Arts.  Portal 2 received an “Everyone 10+” rating from the ESRB, with “Fantasy Violence, Mild Language” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     Did more PS3 or Xbox 360 owners apparently purchase Portal 2 during its 11 days on the market in April?  Let’s take a look!

Reversed chart, the higher the line the better the sales rank.
Click chart to view full size for easier viewing.
Normal chart, the lower the line the better the sales rank.
Click chart to view full size for easier viewing.

Chart Info:
     I have provided two charts above, though they contain the same data input information.
     The top chart has the graph lines reversed, which many people that don’t normally use Excel/chart programs have said is easier to read with the lines reversed.  The higher the line on the top graph, the better the sales ranks.
     The bottom chart is displayed as the program outputs it, so it may be easier to read for those that read charts and use Excel or OpenOffice type programs to make charts.  The lower the line on the bottom chart, the better the sales rank.

     The charts above show the sales ranks for Portal 2 on the PS3 and Xbox 360, with sales ranks recorded from April 19 through April 30, 2011.  The sales ranks were recorded from Amazon.com’s “Top 100” video game ranks each day(one day twice!), along with the dates and times, as well as sales prices for each game.
     The sale price and any Amazon.com video game credit that was being offered is shown on the charts, above the date/time spots on the chart lines.
     The chart is not supposed to be a replacement of NPD April sales numbers, but it is designed to be a supplement with the NPD numbers, and perhaps give us an idea of what the sales breakdown for each console version of Portal 2 were during April.

Highs & Lows:
     The highest recorded sale rank for Portal 2 on the PS3 was #1, for 7 of the 11 days it was available in April.
     The lowest recorded sale rank for Portal 2 on the PS3 was #7 on April 26 around 10:00PM, and as the chart shows it was selling for $56.99.

     The highest recorded sale rank for Portal 2 on the Xbox 360 was #2, for 8 days out of the 11 days it was available in April.
     The lowest recorded sale rank for Portal 2 on the Xbox 360 was #8 on April 26 around 10:00PM.  The game was selling for $59.99 at the time.

Sales Rank Averages:
     Portal 2 on the PS3 had an overall average of 2.92 for the 11 days it was available in April.

     Portal 2 on the Xbox 360 had an overall average of 2.84 for the 11 days it was available.

     The lower the average here, the better for the game.

Critical Reception:
     “Professional” review scores started being published on the internet for Portal 2 on April 19, the day it was released.

     Portal 2’s current “professional” review score average on the PS3 is 93.96%, based on 27 reviews on GameRankings.com.
     Portal 2’s current “professional” review score average on the Xbox 360 is 94.50%, based on 40 reviews on GameRankings.com.

Agree, or disagree?

     The PS3 version has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 126 customer reviews.
     Portal 2’s PS3 customer review score average is 94.28% when the reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.

     The Xbox 360 version has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 99 customer reviews.
     Portal 2’s Xbox 360 customer review score average is 92.72%, when the Amazon.com customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.

Click for larger size to view breakdown of ratings.

     Review score averages recorded around 4:00AM on May 10, 2011.

Filtered Thoughts:
     The overall sales average for both games was very close, with the Xbox 360 version’s being .08 lower(better), than the PS3 version.  While the PS3 version was ranked #1 for several days, and the Xbox 360 version never hit the #1 sales rank spot; with a lower overall sales rank average, we could assume the Xbox 360 version sold more; but being that Amazon.com does not provide exact sales numbers, this would be a close call based on the data.
     I think it was interesting that both games saw a significant sales rank drop on April 26, one week after they released.  April 26 was a Tuesday, and most games are released on Tuesday, but when I checked I did not see any significant game that was released on April 26 that might have caused Portal 2 to drop like it did.
     What I did see and had recorded though, was that Mortal Kombat on the PS3 and Xbox 360 saw a price cut on April 25 to $49.99, then on April 27 the PS3 version of Mortal Kombat shot up to the #1 sales rank spot.
     April 26 was almost a full week after the PSN had been pulled down, and I think it’s very interesting that the PS3 version of Portal 2 did not outrank the Xbox 360 version after the sales rank dip on April 26.  Even now on May 10 around 12:30PM, the Xbox 360 version’s sales rank is #4, while the PS3 version’s sales rank is #5.
     Interestingly enough, the current sale price for Portal 2 on Amazon.com for the PS3 version and Xbox 360 versions is just $39.99.

     If you’re wondering, “Coffee, have you played Portal or Portal 2?” Well, when I was picking up my PS3 the very first day, the very first game I purchased for the system was The Orange Box.  I originally purchased it because I wanted to try Half-Life 2.  After I completed Half-Life 2, I gave Portal a try for only about 15 minutes(maybe) and haven’t picked it back up since; maybe that will change this year.
     While I have not played Portal 2 yet, I am interested in it because of the game’s cooperative mode.  Mrs. CWG does not play FPS type games often, but she might finish this one with me.

Questions:
     Have any of you been playing Portal 2 recently?  If so, which version have you been playing and what do you think about it?  If you purchased the PS3 version were you able to try out any of Portal 2’s online cooperative mode before the PlayStation Network was pulled down?
    If you played the original Portal, do you think Portal 2 is as good as/better than the original?

If anybody is interested in Portal 2, you can see prices on Amazon.com linked below for all three versions of the game:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002I0JIQW&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=B003O6E3C8&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=B002I0J9M0&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

September 2010 – Nintendo Wii Consoles Sales Ranks

October 11, 2010

The Coffee Beans:
     Nintendo had the Black Wii console bundle and the White Wii console bundle for sale during September.  Both bundles include the Wii system, with Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, Wii Remote, Nunchuk, and a Wii MotionPlus unit as well.  The Wii console bundles sell for $199.99.
     We already looked at the September 2010 PS3 consoles sales ranks, and the September 2010 Xbox 360 consoles sales ranks.  As I stated in both those posts, 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 with the NPD data, giving us an idea of what the sales breakdown may be within each console’s skus.
     So, according the sales ranks, were more consumers purchasing the Black Wii bundle, over the White Wii bundle, like last month?  Let’s take a look…

Click chart to enlarge

The Coffee Brew:
     The chart above shows the Amazon.com sales ranks for the Black and White Wii console bundles, during the month of September.  The sales ranks were recorded on 16 different days for the Black Wii bundle and 15 days for the White Wii bundle, between September 3 and September 29, 2010.
     The breaks in the lines are for days where I didn’t have a sales rank recorded.  The first instance was on September 9 around 11:40PM, where I had the sales rank for the Black Wii bundle, but couldn’t find one for the White Wii bundle.
     The second break was on September 22, what was supposed to be around 11:15PM.  I had the data for the PS3 and Xbox 360, but somehow didn’t have sales ranks recorded for the Wii bundles.  Even with those breaks, it seems the sales ranks were pretty steady for each Wii bundle during the month of September.

Highs & Lows:
     The highest recorded sale rank in September for the Black Wii console bundle was #11, on September 3 around 11:45PM.
     The lowest recorded sale rank for the Black Wii console bundle was #26, on September 12 around 11:10PM.

     The highest recorded sale rank for the White Wii console bundle was #72, on September 29 around 4:55PM.
     The lowest recorded sale rank for the White Wii bundle was #134, on September 19 around 9:30PM.

Thoughts:
     I think it’s safe to assume the Black Wii bundle is still the favored bundle for consumers purchasing new Wiis, based on this data.  While the Wii has been seeing a decline in monthly NPD numbers for a few months now, I think it will be interesting this holiday season, to see if the Wii has a major rebound like it did last year.
     When I looked at the individual sales ranks from August, compared to September’s, the White Wii bundle saw the most significant fluctuation in its sales ranks, mostly being down compared to August.
     If this data is reflective of larger retail stores’ sales, when looking at the NPD sales numbers for September, I think it will be safe to assume a near 2-to-1 ratio of Black Wii bundles sold, versus White Wii bundles.
     Kind of interesting to note, at the time of writing this, Amazon.com has the Black and White Wii bundles on sale for $174.99.  
Link – Wii with Wii Sports Resort – Black
Link – Wii with Wii Sports Resort – White
The Black Wii bundle has a sale rank of #3 now, and the White Wii bundle has a sale rank of #17 now.  I wonder if this is a simple “sale” on Amazon.com, or if they are temporarily dropping the price to clear inventory for new Wii bundles, perhaps with the Wii Remote Plus in them?

Questions:
     Do y’all think the Wii will pick momentum back up during the holidays, and have significant leads each month over the PS3 and Xbox 360?  Or, do you think the Xbox 360 and PS3 may start passing the Wii’s monthly sales on a more regular basis now?
     I think it will be interesting to see if/when North America gets the Red Wii bundle, and how that will do.

If you are interested in either the Black Wii bundle or White Wii Bundle, you can see prices for them on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003EH0BQ4&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=B003EGULF6&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…

Click chart to enlarge

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

September 2010 – PS3 Slim & PS3 Move Bundle Console Sales Ranks

October 7, 2010

Brewed Info:
     The chart is not designed to replace, or even predict, NPD numbers for September, but is designed to be a visual aid and hopefully a good supplement to give us an idea of what the sales breakdown may be within the PS3 console Skus.
     Remember when looking at the chart, the higher the line is on the chart, the better the sales ranks were for the consoles.

Click chart to enlarge

Coffee Beans(what makes up the chart):
     The chart above shows the sales ranks for the 160GB PS3 priced at $299.99, and the 320GB PS3 Move bundle priced at $399.99, during the month of September.  The sales ranks were recorded on Amazon.com with the dates and times recorded, when each sales rank was captured, on 17 different days in September.
     The sales ranks were captured between September 3 and September 29, 2010.  The highlighted days on the chart, from September 18 through September 29, are days that reflect when the 320GB PS3 Move bundle was actually available for purchase, not just “pre-order”.

Highs & Lows:
     The highest recorded sale rank for the 160GB PS3 was #12, on September 3 around 11:45PM.
     The lowest recorded sale rank for the 160GB PS3 was #25, on September 29 around 4:55PM.

     The highest recorded sale rank for the 320GB PS3 Move bundle was #19, on September 18 around 11:00PM.
     The lowest recorded sale rank for the 320GB PS3 Move bundle was #102, on September 3 around 11:45PM.

Thoughts:
     September 2010 was an interesting month for consoles.  Sony released the new Sony 320GB PS3 Move bundle for $399.99, on September 17, and Microsoft had three consoles available for purchase in September: the Xbox 360 4GB, Xbox 360 250GB, and the 250GB Halo: Reach bundle(available on September 14).
     While we don’t know the official NPD numbers for September yet, I think it will be interesting to see if they give an estimate for how the Sony Move bundle for $99.99, and the console bundle, sold during September.

Questions:
     Have any of you played with the PS3 Move controller and Navigation controller?  If so, what do you think of it from what you have played?  If you haven’t played it, is the Move something you are interested in picking up for your PS3?
     I am interested in the controllers, just to see how well they perform in FPS games on the PS3.  I was in Best Buy earlier this week, and saw they had the PS3 Move on display.  I couldn’t figure out how to navigate the PS3 menu using just the Move controller, so I was stuck with watching a demo video; not actually playing any demo.

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Sin & Punishment: Star Successor’s Sales Ranks (6-27-10 thru 8-5-10)

August 6, 2010

Quick Brew Info:
     Sin & Punishment: Star Successor was released on June 27, 2010, on the Nintendo Wii.  The game released with a MSRP of $49.99, and is the sequel to the original Sin & Punishment from the Nintendo 64.
Sin & Punishment: Star Successor was developed by Treasure, and published by Nintendo.

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Chart Info:
     The chart above shows the sales ranks for Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, with data captured between June 27, 2010 and August 5, 2010.  The higher the line on the chart, the better the sales rank is for the game.
There are thirty-two sales ranks used in the chart, with the date and approximate time captured shown on the chart.

Highs & Lows:
     The highest recorded sale rank for Sin & Punishment: Star Successor was #100, on June 28, around 12:45AM.
The lowest sale rank for Sin & Punishment: Star Successor was #1,158, on August 5, around 2:30AM.

Critical Reception:
     Being that Sin & Punishment: Star Successor was released in Japan in October 2009, and in Europe on May 7; reviews for the game started being published for those versions well before the North American version was released.

     Sin & Punishment: Star Successor currently has a review score average of 86.18%, based on 37 reviews from GameRankings.com.

     Sin & Punishment: Star Successor’s customer review score average on Amazon.com has a current average of about 4 out of 5 Stars.  The 4 out 5 Star customer rating would put the game at about an 80% review score average, so a little lower than the “professional” review score average.

Thoughts:
     When Nintendo released a commercial for the game back in June, it made me wonder what the impact would be on the sales for the game.  I never recorded Sin & Punishment: Star Successor’s sales rank above 100, and it seems like the game has fallen off rather quickly on the Amazon.com charts.

     When the NPD data was released for June, Sin & Punishment: Star Successor wasn’t listed in the “Top 20”, and by looking at the sales data from Amazon.com, it is probably safe to say it won’t appear on July’s NPD “Top 20” report either.

Questions:
     If you played Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, would you recommend the game to Wii owners at its current price?


If you are interested in Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com below: