Resistance 3 Sold Only 180,000 Units in the U.S. Last Month
Sony’s big PlayStation 3 exclusive for September was Insomniac’s Resistance 3. With the release of the NPD Group’s monthly numbers yesterday, we saw it was among the ten best-selling games in the United States, coming in at number seven. Without sales numbers, though, its position on the sales chart means very little. Thanks to the NPD opening up a bit, we now know the number of copies it sold, and it’s less than half of what Resistance 2 did during its first month.
Eurogamer was told by NPD analyst Anita Frazier that Resistance 3 sold 180,000 units in the United States during September. That’s significantly fewer than one would expect from a big name FPS franchise, particularly given it had almost the full month to sell (it was released on September 6) and a relatively comfortable, two-week gap between it and other big shooter releases Deus Ex: Human Revolution (August 23) and Gears of War 3 (September 20).
Resistance 2′s debut was even further down the top ten than R3 — it came in at number nine back in November 2008. The difference is it sold 385,000 units in the U.S. despite going up against Call of Duty: World at War, Gears of War 2, Left 4 Dead, and the Wii’s onslaught of games like Wii Play and Wii Fit.
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