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Industry sales numbers 2001

  The NPD Group has recently announced industry sales numbers for 2001. Proving to be a record year, releases of both the Xbox and GameCube helped increase sales to the phenomenal status being reported. The industry grew from a stellar $6.6 billion in 2000 to $9.4 billion in 2001. Sales of hardware, software, and accessories rose 43 percent, mainly credited to the consoles previously listed and the Game Boy Advance. Sony's PlayStation 2 was a major player in both hardware and software sales as well, launching a powerful lineup of AAA games, including Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Grand Theft Auto III, Final Fantasy X, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, Devil May Cry, and dozens more. Total hardware unit sales increased by 39% and accessory sales rose 47 percent from 2000. 

  "Last year was a tremendous rebound from a slightly lower sales year in 2000," said Ilene Haase, director of toys and video games, NPDFunworld. "The impact from the next generation console systems was nothing short of record-breaking during the holidays. Three different gaming consoles, priced at $200 to $300 price points, sold through more than a million pieces last holiday season. Last year will be a tough year to top since higher-priced hardware systems drove the majority of the dollar growth. As for 2002 and beyond, we look forward to seeing the industry move towards connectivity via the Internet and a new level of superior quality games that can harness the power of these technologically-advanced machines." 

Top 10 Videogame Titles in 2001, Sorted by Units 

  • 1. PS2 - Grand Theft Auto III - Rockstar Games
  • 2. PS2 - Madden NFL 2002 - Electronic Arts
  • 3. GBC - Pokemon Crystal - Nintendo of America
  • 4. PS2 - Metal Gear Solid 2 - Konami of America
  • 5. GBA - Super Mario Advance - Nintendo of America
  • 6. PS2 - Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec - Sony/JULY '01
  • 7. PS2 - Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3 - Activision
  • 8. PSX - Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 - Activision
  • 9. GBC - Pokemon Silver - Nintendo of America
  • 10. PSX - Driver 2 - Infogrames

  Leading all sales in software was Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto III, for PS2. Grand Theft Auto III sold just short of 2 million units since its release in October 2001.

2/7/2002 Matt Stensrud

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