To my mind, the upshot is that Wii games are holding the $50 floor while $50 and $60 Xbox 360 games are filling in the top 20, pushing the average price of the top-selling games higher. PlayStation 2 games are getting pushed out, removing the main downward pressure from console games. Only the Nintendo DS presence in the top 10 and top 20 is pulling game prices below $50.
Additional bits that didn't go into the article:
- NPD was very helpful providing more data. While I didn't get everything I wanted (understandable), they did take a sample spreadsheet from me with a formula in it and apply the same to months for which unit sales data is not public. I especially need to thank David Riley of NPD for his patience and effort helping me.
- The public NPD data on the top 10 and top 20 is easiest to get from this page on GameDaily.
- NPD apparently revises their lists, but the published lists don't reflect this. For example, Bully for the PS2 placed #9 in October 2006 according to published charts. It actually placed #3 on the October 2006 list I got directly from NPD. There were some other very minor changes here and there, mostly transposing two games (say #2 and #3 switching).
Edit: Fixed link. Blogger's WYSIWYG interface hates URLs with ampersands.
Spare a thought for the British. The MRP here for next-gen games [PS3/360] is US$100, with online retailers selling them for US$80.
Playstation2 games go for US$50 to US$60.
And the PS3 retails for US$850 and the spleen of your first-born son.
consthill- i know the ps3 runs 850 there, are u implying that the spleen of your son is worthless. anyways,I am not a member of next-gen.biz,how else can i access this info.