Nielsen Games released its April 2009 data for top console usage and PC game titles with Playstation 2 and the role-playing game World Of Warcraft topping their respective lists.
The Lord of the Rings Online cracked the Top 10 in April, rising to the #3 spot for total minutes played %. While the total share number was modest, the average number of weekly minutes played was a robust 891, the most for any game in the Top 10. The publisher, Turbine, had announced special promotional subscription fees for the persistent online game that runs from April-June, celebrating the two-year anniversary of the game's release.
For console gamers, PS2 narrowly holds onto the top spot as most overall played console in terms of gaming minutes. With 21.6% of all minutes, PS2 held off Xbox 360's 21.1%. Meanwhile, Nintendo Wii dropped down a full 3% (to 17.7%) since it's high in January of 20.7%, perhaps suggesting the initial excitement of playing new Wii games or Wii consoles from the holiday season has begun to wane. Will the May release of Wii Punch-Out!! boost the May numbers? Stay tuned...
|Top Game Consoles January 2009|
|Source: Nielsen Games - GamePlay Metrics™|
Usage Minutes % is the percent of all measured console minutes
“Other” consists of any other console systems found in the home
|Top 10 PC Game Titles: April 2009|
|Rank||Game Title||Publisher||Share|| Avg. Mins Played|
|1||World of Warcraft||Blizzard Entertainment||12.154||614||43.910|
|2||Second Life||Linden Lab||1.584||842||5.624|
|3||Lord of the Rings Online||Turbine||0.600||891||3.559|
|4||Dark Messiah of Might & Magic||Ubisoft||0.672||744||3.283|
|5||Half-Life 2||Vivendi Games||1.490||347||2.499|
|6||Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword||2K Games||0.804||526||1.957|
|8||Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos||Blizzard Entertainment||1.804||237||1.660|
|9||Chessmaster Challenge||PlayFirst, Inc.||9.712||54||1.657|
|10||Sims 2, The: Mansion and Garden Stuff||Electronic Arts Inc.||0.908||356||1.654|
|Source: Nielsen Games - GamePlay Metrics|
Share is the percentage of the gaming audience measured that played the title.
TMP% represents the percent of total minutes played from the Top 100 non-casual/pre-installed PC games measured.