NPD Numbers for April 2007 for North America
Software Top 10
|SUPER PAPER MARIO||Wii||352|
|WII PLAY W/REMOTE||Wii||249|
|GUITAR HERO 2 W/GUITAR||360||197|
|GUITAR HERO 2 W/GUITAR||PS2||142|
|GOD OF WAR II||PS2||101|
|MLB ’07: THE SHOW||PS2||79|
The PS3 sales are definitely off to a slow start. My interpretation to these numbers is simple: kids.
There are definitely plenty of adult Nintendo fans who are charmed by Nintendo’s offerings. But realistically, those huge Pokemon figures are driven mainly by children. Also, the young demographic prefers portables which are selling extremely well, while adults generally prefer to play at their homes.
Why is the PS2 still outselling the PS3 and the 360? The PS3 and 360 appeal to the gaming enthusiasts which tend to be older while the PS2 holds a bigger appeal to a parent or grandparent shopping for children.
The ESA says that the average game player is 33, while the average game buyer is 40. However, I suspect that older gamers often play things like Internet card and puzzle games, while the younger players are driving the top 10 charts.