March NPD: Pokemon, Homefront take over


With approximately 2.5 million copies sold combined since their release at the beginning of the month, Pokemon White Version and Pokemon Black Version have taken the top two spots in the NPD’s March software chart. The fifth generation of creatures that are captured by trainers and do battle in the hopes of aiding them to glorious victory has proved that the series is still running strong.

The success of Pokemon Black and Pokemon White even helped the Nintendo DS become the best-selling portable for the month, beating out the debuting Nintendo 3DS that came in second.

Back to software, coming in behind the lovable critters from Pokemon was the lukewarm-received FPS Homefront at number three. Also making their way into the top 10 is the duo of debuting sequels from EA, Dragon Age 2 at four and Crysis 2 at seven.

Black Ops continues to show that it is still one of the most popular shooters out there even five months after release by coming in at number five. The latest Call of Duty installment just beat out the third edition of the Lego Star Wars brand, Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, as its sales on all platforms brought it to number six.

Rounding out the top 10 were a trio of sports games coming from three different developers. NBA 2K11 by Take 2 Interactive topped the other two at eight, with Sony’s MLB 11 The Show coming in ninth and EA’s Fight Night Champions bringing up the rear at 10.

Here’s the full top 10 software breakdown:

1)  Pokemon White — DS — Nintendo
2)  Pokemon Black — DS — Nintendo
3)  Homefront — 360, PS3, PC — THQ
4)  Dragon Age 2 — 360, PS3, PC — EA
5)  Call of Duty: Black Ops — 360, PS3, DS, Wii, PC — Activision
6)  Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars — WII, 360, DS, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC — LucasArts
7)  Crysis 2 — 360, PS3, PC — EA
8)  NBA 2K11 — 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, PSP, PC — Take 2 Interactive
9)  MLB 11 The Show — PS3, PSP, PS2 — Sony
10) Fight Night Champion — 360, PS3 — EA



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Author: Mike Murphy View all posts by
Mike has been playing games for over two decades. His earliest memories are of shooting ducks and stomping goombas on NES, and over the years, the hobby became one of his biggest passions. Mike has worked with GamerNode as a writer and editor since 2009, giving you news, reviews, previews, a voice on the VS Node Podcast, and much more.

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