Wii, PS3 Sales Go Down as Black Ops Sales Rise

The NPD Group revealed various sales figures for home consoles as well as software purchases for the month of January. Sales numbers for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii in January 2011 were compared to those of January 2010, with some surprising results. PlayStation 3 sales went down three percent, with the console selling 267,000 units throughout the month. Wii sales saw an even more drastic decline; though Nintendo pushed 319,000 individual Wii systems, that was a whopping 31 percent plummet compared to January of last year. Alternatively, Xbox 360 was the only home console of the three to see an increase in sales, with a 14.4 percent rise equaling a total 381,000 units sold for the month.

The top selling game of the month was Call of Duty: Black Ops, delivering a grand number of 750,000 games sold over the course of the month. Last year’s best selling game was New Super Mario Bros. Wii, but it only managed to sell an estimate of 650,000 copies, which isn’t shabby overall, but is a significant step below 750,000. Dead Space 2 fared well, selling 441,000 copies, an admirable and successful feat for EA’s survival horror shooter. Despite the impressive figures, total software sales went down five percent when compared to January 2010.