The July 2010 NPDs are in, and the biggest shock is that the Xbox 360 was the highest-selling system, besting the second-ranked Nintendo DS by nearly 50,000 units.
The Wii was actually closer to the PlayStation 3's sales, coming in third roughly 40,000 units ahead of Sony's system. However, the console remains slightly above its July 2009 sales, which came during a month in which Wii Sports Resort sold more than 500,000 units. Check out the full hardware sales below.
1. Xbox 360 443,500
2. Nintendo DS 398,400
3. Wii 253,900
4. PlayStation 3 214,500
5. PSP 84,000
Overall game industry sales are more or less the same as they were a year ago, with hardware sales being slightly up and software sales being slightly down.
Speaking of software, Wii and DS games still had a large presence, though not at the very top. Super Mario Galaxy 2 came in fourth, with sales of almost 200,000 units. According to the NPD Group the game has sold more than 1.3 million units since its release in May.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 on DS and Wii came in at fifth and seventh, selling 142,000 and 133,000 units respectively. "LEGO Harry Potter was the second best-selling game for the month with 401,000 units across all platforms," said NPD Industry Analyst Anita Frazier. "It bested its intro month sales in June of 355K, although it must be noted it released late in June. In just over a month at retail, it has already sold enough to put it just outside of the top 20 games year-to-date."
Dragon Quest IX, Nintendo's big July release, was in the eighth slot, with more than 132,000 units sold. Lastly, New Super Mario Bros. Wii remained in the top 10 at number nine, selling more than 128,000 units. See below for the full list.
1. NCAA Football 11 (360, Electronic Arts) 368,000
2. NCAA Football 11 (PS3, Electronic Arts) 298,800
3. Crackdown 2 (360, Microsoft) 208,800
4. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii, Nintendo) 193,000
5. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (DS, Warner Bros) 141,700
6. Red Dead Redemption (360, Take 2)
7. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Wii, Warner Bros) 133,000
8. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinel of the Starry Skies (DS, Nintendo) 132,000
9. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii, Nintendo) 128,000
10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (360, Activision)