SEGA in the Charts: March in Review

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March was an extremely competitive month with many highly successful videogames being released. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 on the PC and HD platforms was easily the biggest success story of the month, leading EA to the top of the charts. Square-Enix came in a close second with their highly anticipated release of Final Fantasy XIII and Just Cause 2 from their recently obtained Eidos studios, both of which were on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and the later of which was also on the PC.

But how did SEGA fare? Hit the jump to find out.

March is when SEGA’s financial year ends, which means what the company sees as their biggest titles are released around this time. SEGA will consider March a success largely due to the February title Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing which had been released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii and Nintendo DS, the latter two were the best selling by a large margin. Industry experts expect it and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, the October 2009 release to continue to sell throughout the rest of 2010, ensuring SEGA a healthy income for the rest of the year. Other healthy profits from February releases include Napoleon: Total War on the PC and Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll for the Wii console.

Many of SEGA’s March releases however, did not do very well. Yakuza 3, a PlayStation 3 exclusive RPG was massacred by the sales of the multiplatform release Final Fantasy XIII which is part of the same genre, and was released on the same day. SEGA had two other RPG releases being Infinite Space for the Nintendo DS and Resonance of Fate on the HD consoles. Neither ever appeared on any top sales charts.

Other notable releases not by SEGA include Sony’s highly anticipated God of War III and the surprise hit Heavy Rain, both of which helped increase the size of the PlayStation 3 market, but still not enough to top the Xbox 360 . Likewise, the release of Pokemon SoulSilver and Pokemon HeartGold did very well, but failed to reach Nintendo’s predictions, only reaching the 11th and 13th best selling games for the month in the United Kingdom.

SEGA’s April releases only include Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition for Apple’s newly released iPad mobile device and AfterBurner Climax for the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade downloadable services. However, with the highly profitable movie licensed Iron Man 2: The Video Game slated for May, SEGA should not have to worry about their finances for the near future.

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