Xbox 360 Maintains Its Lead For 25th Month In A Row In U.S.

By Ishaan . February 14, 2013 . 3:50pm

These were the top-selling games in the U.S. in January 2013, according to the NPD Group:


Rank Title System Publisher
01. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 360, PS3, Wii U, PC Activision Blizzard
02. Far Cry 3 360, PS3, PC Ubisoft
03. Just Dance 4 Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U Ubisoft
04. NBA 2K13 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC Take 2
05. Madden NFL 13 360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U Electronic Arts
06. DmC Devil May Cry PS3, 360 Capcom
07. Halo 4 360 Microsoft
08. Assassin’s Creed III 360, PS3, Wii U, PC Ubisoft
09. Skylanders Giants Wii, 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U Activision Blizzard
10. FIFA Soccer 13 PS3, 360, PSV, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PSP Electronic Arts

Reporting period: Dec. 30th, 2012 – Feb 2nd, 2013.


While it isn’t in the top-ten list, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Level 5’s role-playing game developed in collaboration with Studio Ghibli, came in at #11, according to the NPD Group. The game was released on January 22nd.


According to Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg, the Xbox 360 was the highest-selling console once again for the 25th month in a row in January. The Xbox 360 sold 281,000 units during the month.


  • Herok♞

    I hope the people will stay civil is this thread, because I can see this not ending well.

    • I hear ya lol

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      • Arrei

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        • Luna Kazemaru

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          • M’iau M’iaut

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      • psycho_bandaid

        I love blaming things on communism, but I am pretty sure “communistic” isnt a word. That and communism doesnt really work when describing gaming websites.

        • Armane

          Communistic is a word, comrade.

          • psycho_bandaid

            hm. it is. carry on then!

      • Ferrick

        so deleting inappropriate comments make siliconera a communist ? yeah good luck with that logic there

  • idrawrobots

    I’m sorry, but that list just seems so sad to me. 11th place is… not bad I guess.

    • xavier axol

      1) it’s a new ip that the main media is not aware off,
      2) it’s a jrpg on console which in the states, it’s nonexistent.
      3) it’s an exclusive to one platform that is not leading in sales, by which i mean in the u.s.

      i get what you mean, but on the bright side 11th place it’s not a bad number. if you take into account those factors that stag against it, but hopefully those sales numbers remain consistent. after all ni no kuni has won over every reviewer giving those high scores, now the only thing left to do is word of mouth. talking about it with your friends, letting other people know helps. just like it did to demon’s souls, nobody knew much about the game. until atlus publish it and their fan as welll as the media began spreading the word. it became a cult hit that thanks to that we now have dark souls and it’s sequel come soon. cheer up there’s still hope for ni no kuni.

      • Uh, non-existent console…..Ps3 is far from non-existent in the states. Last I heard it wasn’t far behind Xbox. It is just losing steam nowadays, but all the ones that have been bought since it lreleased are still out there.

        Anyway, all I wanted to say.

        • xavier axol

          i said, jrpg’s are nonexistent in the u.s. and the ps3 is also behind sales compared to the xbox360, but that may not be the case worldwide.

          • I think me and you disagree on what constitutes a jrpg. There are tons out there for ps3, nowhere near the amount available in japan, but there are a lot, just not pure old school jrpg goodness. Star Ocean, This one other game that doesnt ring a bell atm that has people who can equip two sets of weapons at a time, though that one may of been xbox only, not sure. HyperDimension Neptunia’s, Ar Tonelico, Cross Edge, Trinity Universe, Mugen Souls, Disgaea’s are a half and half between rpg and strategy game, as are the Agarest War games, but the new one is a lot more jrpg than the first ones. Tales of Graces F is a really good one. Rune Factory 4 isn’t too bad, though it isn’t the deepest rpg around.

            I would list more, but I am not sure they fit the jrpg type we are talking about. Last Rebellion, Nier, and so on, I am guessing are too much a mix of eastern and western rpg styles.

            I buy “every” rpg released in the U.S. I have a xbox, ps3, and a wii, not messing with Wii U atm. Also have a dsi xl and a psp. I own every rpg released on ps3 and xbox, and am currently working my ds and psp sets. Figured I would give a bit of background.

            Have a good morning

          • Alexander Marquis Starkey

            He means they don’t sell well. JRPGs in the US don’t push numbers like Final Fantasy or even any of the titles on that list up there. For Ni No Kuni to reach Number 11 in the charts in only a few weeks is pretty damn good considering most JRPGs never sell that much.

          • Why I like Tales of games the most. That developer doesn’t aim for 5 million sold and they give us a solid gaming experience that most developers have seemed to have forgotten how to do nowadays.

    • Yeah for the type of game/IP it is that’s actually really good.

  • DesmaX

    Far Cry 3 is still doing great, it seems.

  • epy

    Business as usual… yay… Actually, yay for Ni no Kuni.

  • Antonio C. R. Murray

    Yet Ni No Kuni is #1 in the UK. NA gamers are just dry and/or stupid.

    • SirRichard

      It was for all of one week before the stock vanished, mate, and that’s weekly charts being compared to a monthly chart. Ni No Kuni has since dropped to #6 because of stock shortages and it’ll probably drop further for another week or so.

      Mind you, a PS3 exclusive JRPG taking the top spot just ahead of the release of Dead Space 3 was incredibly impressive in its own right.

      • Micrll

        Did they release it on PSN on day one in the UK?

        • SirRichard

          They did, but at like £50 or £60 and only the most desperate would pay that price. In a funny move, our main retailer GAME actually slapped labels on the promo boxes in stores reading “THIS PRODUCT IS THE DIGITAL VERSION” or something to keep up with demand, so maybe some people did pay that price instead of the regular £40 or so.

    • Jirin

      Yes, that’s exactly it. Everybody who doesn’t have the same tastes as you is a moron!

      Though I don’t get why 360 is selling more than PS3. PS3 has most of the same games and no crashing or monthly fee to play online.

      • Because Xbox has established itself as the go-to console for games in North America.

      • idrawrobots

        My Xbox crashes just as much as my PS3 = 0

    • Romangelo

      they’re stupid because they don’t like the game you liked?

      • Being from NA I wouldn’t argue that the NA market is stupid… They like shooters with CoD in the title and shooters with Halo in the title…

        • Luna Kazemaru

          This post shows how fucking stupid you are if you can’t understand the fact people not always going to like the same thing

          • Ferrick

            well, jrpg players in the US are kinda the minority of the gaming commu (in NA), so its kinda understandable on why it didn’t sold as much as most of us wished it to, but #11th place is still a good spot for a jrpg

          • On the contrary, a lot of people do like the same thing, hence the problem…

    • John

      you do realize that NNK did 140,874 in America on week 1 and 95,806 in Europe week 1 heck it only did 66,887 in japan in its first week. This doesn’t take into account digital sales and these are vgchartz numbers so they might not be 100% accurate but they are pretty close.

    • Romored

      Ni no Kuni is selling a lot in all Europe: I’m in Italy and it ranked at 2nd place during its first selling week: no other jrpg but FF have done this good! Or better said, no other jrpg but FF has ever done good in Italy XD So we can say that it’s a huge success in Europe.

    • Armane

      Oh please, the mainstream UK market is just as bad; look at the top selling games in the two regions, the only difference between NA and the UK is FIFA and it’s various iterations.

      Good to see Ni No Kuni is doing well though.

  • LinkofCourage

    Jesus, Wii U freaking bombed.

  • Lazulis

    Coming in at #11 in sales with only about a week or so of time seems pretty good to me.

  • Go2hell66

    No suprises here

  • Nitraion

    JRPG that #11 in NA is not bad i guess…

  • Micrll

    Sad that Ni No Kuni didn’t break the top 10. But lets be honest, as good of a game as it is, it is still a niche game with a smaller market than the rest of the titles. 11th place is still pretty good for it, digital distribution hopefully made up for the apparent shortages that happened at launch week at stores (independent of the Digital River fiasco).

    EDIT: Considering those sales are for the whole month and the game didn’t come out till the 22nd that is actually even better than it appears on the surface.

  • So Ni No Kuni lost out to sports games and COD? I’ve lost all faith in the American people.

    • StarWarudo

      To be fair, 2k13 is an excellent game and god’s gift to all basketball fans.

  • Ladius

    It’s not as bad as it seems: placing 11th is a good result for a single platform jrpg in a multiplatform chart (the only single SKU in that chart was Halo 4), and apparently Ni no Kuni is actually in the 7th position in the single SKUs chart, which is extremely good.

  • riceisnice

    Hi Five Ni No Kuni!

  • HarryHodd

    Here’s hoping Ni No Kuni continues to sell and gets a sequel. It’s a fantastic game.

  • Ni no Kuni actually made it to the 1st place in the UK the very week it released :) I’m glad the game is being sucessful in the west!

  • Thank goodness NNK is doing okay. Hope this leads to Namco localizing more jrpgs.

  • Learii

    well i can’t blame 360 tho because 360 already got prices and is not like is just the first week they also have to wait for a few days or months later to sell alot as for Ni no Kuni alot in the first week only

  • almostautumn

    These facts make me question further whether or not I really am from New Jersey.

  • Locklear93

    I think my eyes are going to roll right out of my head if I see another “US sucks/is stupid because Ni no Kuni only came in 11th.” There’s nothing wrong with Ni no Kuni, and I’m glad it’s doing well, but even JRPG fans can disagree about what they want from a game. I’m not interested in Ni no Kuni. I’m also not about to run about claiming anyone’s got no taste for not liking the Atelier series or Lost Odyssey. I very much want more traditional JRPGs, but that doesn’t mean they all suit me.

    • It sold that much in 9 days WITH shortages.

      • British_Otaku

        On one platform exclusively. Unless Namco Bandai have ridiculous expectations regarding sales (see Capcom or EA nowadays), I believe it is a safe success for them, sequel coming or not.

  • Guest

    For once I blame the fans from the Final Fantasy XIII series there still hypnotized by SE.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      What does 13 have to do with any of this thread? Step back and realize what sort of accomplishment a niche RPG ranking #11 in today’s market really is. Warned for writing before reading or thinking.

      • Guest

        Ohhh waaahhh-_- was that really painful? you know what’s painful? you really need to delete Nate and Sylveria’s comments for mocking you mods just coz you delete some inappropriate comments.

        P.S. Before I get banned I just want you to know that it’s been fun commenting in this site. So yeah bye do whatever you want with me.

        • Oh please they’re a bunch of teddy bears. Albeit Teddy Bears who will mess your shtick up real bad but still just teddy bears. Except for the time they decide their Mogwais(Gremlins)

        • Ferrick

          your comment was uncalled for (considering that there’s no XIII in this section, just you rambling), and one-liner defames/insults are forbidden in sili to begin with, so your warning is well deserved

          • Guest

            I am the embodiment of hatred in gaming. I was born spiritually in 2009 where all gaming business is all about greed, I have no friends nor allies, only my morals. That’s why I acted that way. Even I have risks and precautions of what am I doing yet I doesn’t abide me. I cant control myself and never will be. Adios

          • Ferrick

            rightttt keep telling yourself that self-righteous line, remember if you believe hard enough, you will still be a douchebag. Get bent

          • Guest

            And you’ll still keep buying games and vote with your wallets until your all dry. And you’ll realize it too late that the gaming company has backstabbed you for getting your money and you end up in poverty.
            Don’t say I didn’t warn you if got poor.

          • Ferrick

            well its my money, so its pretty much my choice to do what i want with it, and besides, i have a stable and steady source of income from my line of work, and its not like i don’t know on which to buy and not to buy.

    • Pekola

      That makes no sense. If I were to guess, most if not all of the people who bought Ni no Kuni, also bought Final Fantasy XIII.

      Don’t be a tontin, Tonton ;c

  • brian

    Holy crap, this is a surprise.

  • Cameron Ward

    for me even though i love my 360, I wish it had more exclusives and new IPs.

  • Altritter

    Number 11 is pretty nice, all things considered. Not a lot of time on the chart compared to most other games and it’s only on one platform. Still, I wish we got hard numbers like how Japanese games do with Media Create. All we have to go on for numbers is VGChartz and their credibility isn’t great.

  • Elvick

    Does this include the Wizard Editions? Because, I’m sure if that crappy company that Namco uses didn’t oversell the stock to mass buyers, then the game would have sold a bit better.

    It came out late in the month as well, on one platform that isn’t leading in the US, and it’s a JRPG to boot.

    All things consider it’s doing well. And Ni no Kuni charted on the top 10 of PSN sales, against games that were on huge sales.

    Hope this means it’s doing well, because I want a sequel. Personally bought it twice.

  • malek86

    Yeah, if those NeoGAF numbers are right, the Wii U did pretty terrible, just 55k or so.

    Now I know it has no games and a high price tag. But that could go for almost any console at launch. The Wii U still had a much worse first January than any of them in recent memory.

    Now I wonder what the solution is. Nintendo games, of course, but that’s just the start. The price is probably not too much of a problem, because the new consoles will likely cost more. Third-party games are also problematic, because Nintendo will probably only manage to geat meaningful exclusivity deal with japanese developers. And of course it can’t compete with the next consoles in terms of multimedia capabilities. The Miiverse is an interesting concept but I don’t think it’s anywhere near a console seller. Of course the economy doesn’t help, but I don’t think we can just blame everything on it.

    I do think it will recover a bit eventually, but at this point who knows how much. Japan should come first, especially thanks to the 3DS’s success over there, but western territories are a much bigger concern.

    For some reason, the Wii U strikes me as a product with no clear goal, whereas the Wii was much more defined in its objective of aiming at new players. Even the 3DS and its failure to rely on the 3D effect still belied a focus on social aspects which eventually came to fruition (and still, seemingly only in Japan). Perhaps they have an hidden agenda for the Wii U, but I fail to see what it could be.

    In other words, who’s the Wii U aimed at? That’s what I don’t understand.

    • Alexander Marquis Starkey

      That is a good ass question. The Wii U released with a lot of different games on it. It’s definitely clear that Wii U is trying to gain some hardcore gamers, and players who like action games. I think the Wii U’s problem is that it is recognized as a less power system, and today’s console gamer is fairly casual and wants the games that are selling right now, the shooters, and the action games that Wii U has, Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper, Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge, various others, have been ports from the other consoles.

      The number of hardcore gamers is smaller than it was in the PS2 era, and we are kind of outnumbered by casuals, who want their sports games and shooters, and action games. With the Wii U releasing with mostly ports, I can see why it’s not selling. Next year though it has a much better set of releases. Developers are willing to release games multiplatform for Wii U, and Nintendo has a lot of Good Looking Exclusives. My thing is I wonder if it will last long with the new Sony and Microsoft consoles being much more powerful and Wii U not being able to push the graphics that so many folks love.

  • Peeka Chu

    Since Xbox 360 sales are mentioned, its worth nothing that the Wii U sold under 55K, according to Gamasutra. Sales have fallen right off a cliff. Not even the Vita sold that low in its 3rd month in NA.

    Great for Ni No Kuni though, it probably did 100-200K in NA alone and it was top of the charts in the UK. I’ll look on Neogaf and see if they have better estimates. Its safe to assume that it sold more outside of Japan than inside Japan, which is a strange reversal of fortunes.

    • malek86

      Forget the third month, if the number is true then I think the Wii, PS3 and 360 never sold that low in the US – not in the third month, and not ever.

      To be honest, I’m not that surprised. Even after buying one I still fail to see the appeal of the system, and I assume those who don’t have it would be even more skeptical. Weird for a company to go from the Wii, which was the apogee of user-friendly, to something that’s even more complicated than the current HD consoles.

      • Peeka Chu

        The Wii had this weird confluence of being a social phenomenon, Wii Fit and a global recession kicking in when it launched. The latter, I’d say more than anything, led to its success. You can’t recreate that success, maybe one aspect (price), but not all of them. I also don’t expect their fortunes to improve much outside of Japan as the majority of the Wii audience moved onto tablets or social games. Cheaper and more accessible and Nintendo will be playing catchup with every other infrastructure out there (PSN, Live, App Store, Google Play).

        And yeah, I totally agree with everything that you’ve said about the concept of the device. Its at odds with itself and the interface in its current state is a mess.

        • malek86

          I don’t think the recession had anything to do with the Wii’s success. It just happened to be what people wanted at that point in time. And it’s not anymore, now that casual players prefer mobile and tablets. But for Nintendo to play catch-up with MS and Sony on the hardcore gamers market, after they have effectively lost a generation, will be very hard.

          • Peeka Chu

            Really? I politely disagree there. I’m comfortably middle class income myself, but I can fully understand how a lower income family would look at something like a PS3 or a 360 at launch, with their $500ish price tags and just say “no way”. Wii was bundled with a game for around $250. Even today most lower class income families have little to no disposable income. The 360 only really started to sell in NA once it hit that sweet $199 price-point. Without a HDD and a bunch of other features, but no one cares. Price is KING. Even iPhones sell as well as they do because next to no one buys them off contract. So the initial hit of $99 or whatever seems minuscule.

            We saw this with the 3DS too. It was a dismal failure – not as bad as the Wii U, but still – until it got that massive price reduction.

          • malek86

            During my economics courses, at one point in 2010, we were shown a graph that effectively illustrated how, despite all the outcry about recession and stuff, the effective consumer spending on many goods didn’t actually decrease much, and in some categories it actually increased. And when you think about it, it’s unlikely that something like a $400 console would be hit too much, especially cause most places allow you to buy them with monthly payments. Frankly I think a recession is more likely to hit a much more expensive – but still necessary- product like cars, where you won’t get a financing unless you have a very steady source of income.

            This second recession seems to be indeed having a much bigger effect on people (because this time many countries are actually employing spending cuts), but I think it’s too early to say how much it affected the games industry in particular.

            Anyway, that the Wii was helped by its price, it’s likely. I just don’t think that was tied to the recession in any big way. Not to mention the Wii was hitting the bank already in 2006 and 2007, while the media didn’t start alking about recession until 2008.

  • Chim_era

    I was wondering if people in europe were also having problems with getting the game? It’s not on zavvi and the amazon game was £40. So I held off my purchase off till this week because I was going to london. I was surprised everyone telling me to just buy it online because shipments were off and the stores not stocking a lot of copies because of the new Alien and Metal gear solid game.

    I mostly buy online because games are way too expensive in my country (€60-70 for PS3) + there no big online stores. I know these prices are normal for new releases but it’s way more than a self supporting student can pay :p
    I was dumbstruck that gameshops were doing so bad in England. Many leaving high streets or focussing at 2handgames.

  • GibbRS

    I’m glad to hear Ni no Kuni is doing well, we need more games like this coming to the states with this kind of care in localization.

  • Jimmy Dean

    Ni no Kuni in the 11 spot is respectable for a title that only came out on one console. From this information I conclude that I obviously do not enjoy popular games.

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    I just bought Ni No Kuni today!

  • 60hz

    red ring helps increase hardware sales… (my second 360 just red ringed now i have to buy a new xbox or not)…

  • Charmchar

    I still will never understand how the hell Just Dace is so high on the list but im glad to hear that Ni no Kuni did really well for its self, almost cracking the top 10. ヽ(*≧ω≦)ノ Good job Ni no Kuni, loving the game.

  • Souji Tendou

    So, whatever happens to DmC?

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