Microsoft falls behind of console sales race due to supply shortages

To no one’s surprise, Nintendo once against stood at the top of the latest monthly console sales figures with both its portable and home console.

According to NPD Group retail sales data, the Nintendo DS sold 587,600 units, and the Wii sold 432,000 – both making up first and second place, respectively. Both Nintendo systems combined account for 47.6 percent of all hardware sold throughout February.

“Our momentum has not let up since the holidays and we expect it to continue throughout the year,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales and marketing. “We have the industry's strongest lineup of games for everyone from core to casual gamers.”

Sony took third and fourth spots, but surprisingly it is their oldest current product that is leading the way. The PlayStation 2 sold a surprising 351,800, while the PlayStation 3 sold 280,800. This marks the second month in a row that the PlayStation 3 has outsold the Xbox 360.

“Consumers are recognizing the tremendous value of PS3 and we believe that Blu-ray becoming the high-def format of choice was the tipping point for many consumers,” said Jack Tretton, president and CEO, SCEA. “With monster titles like Gran Turismo 5 Prologue and Grand Theft Auto IV launching in April and Metal Gear Solid 4 in June, we're demonstrating this is the year for PS3.”

Microsoft once again finds itself below its competitors, selling 254,600 Xbox 360 consoles. Just as it did for January’s sales figures, Microsoft forewarned of lower-than-expected numbers due to shortages. “We definitely expect we will trail in February as a result of our supply constraints,” Aaron Greenberg, Xbox product manager, said to Reuters. “By April, we will be in a very healthy inventory situation.”

The Sony PSP sat in last with 243,000 units sold, though March sales might see a boost with the release of highly anticipated titles God of War: Chains of Olympus and Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core.

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