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
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
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.