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GTA IV was the top game of April, though Nintendo ruled all once again in hardware

Lately, the NPD monthly console sales figures all start off the same way with Nintendo on top. The figures for April are no exception, with the Wii and DS planted solidly in first and second place.

The Wii sold a stunning 714,000 units, almost matching the 721,000 it did in March. On top of the still strong-selling Super Smash Bros. Brawl, April also had the release of Mario Kart Wii to add to the Nintendo mascot-fuelled software frenzy. The upcoming release of Wii Fit will only boost Wii sales even higher, if such a thing were possible.

“Wii sales were buoyed in part by the strong launch of Mario Kart Wii, which sold more than 1.1 million units,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s EVP of sales and marketing. “Our belief in appealing to a broad, diverse audience of players continues to resonate with consumers, and we look forward to continuing our outreach to an expanded audience with the launch of Wii Fit next week.”

The DS sold 414,000 handhelds, well behind the 698,000 units it did in the month prior, but still well ahead of all the competitors.

Sony’s handheld took up third place once again with 192,000 sold – strange for a month where no PSP game appeared on the top ten best-selling games.

Surprisingly, Grand Theft Auto IV’s release at the end of the month didn’t seem to stir high-definition console sales as much as most were expecting. Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 sold roughly the same number of hardware.

Microsoft’s console was just ever so slightly ahead with 188,000 Xbox 360s sold, while the PlayStation 3 was right next to it with 187,100 sold. Both consoles sold fewer units than it did in the previous month, when the Xbox 360 at 262,000 units and PlayStation 3 selling 257,000.

Despite the slowing sales, Sony seemed pleased by the sales improvement over a year ago. “Clearly, the tremendous legacy of Grand Theft Auto on PlayStation, combined with the blockbuster launch of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue packed a one-two punch with consumers at retail this month. The proof is in the numbers and, in April, PlayStation 3 hardware sales experienced a 127% increase over April of last year,” said Jack Tretton, president and CEO of SCEA.

The PlayStation 2 was still alive with 124,400 sold, but also down from 216,000 units in March.

Without a doubt the biggest game of April, despite being released the last few days of the month, was Grand Theft Auto IV for the Xbox 360 with 1.85 million copies sold. Mario Kart Wii took second place with an impressive 1.12 million. PlayStation 3 owners also bought 1 million of Grand Theft Auto IV to push that version to third place.

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RE: Did I read the end of this artical wrong?
By SandmanWN on 5/16/2008 9:35:11 AM , Rating: 2
If there are more xbox360's out there then why would you expect the sales to be even?

It makes more sense with the 1+ year lead on xbox360 sales that there would be more people buying the xbox360 edition of GTA4.

RE: Did I read the end of this artical wrong?
By FITCamaro on 5/16/2008 9:39:41 AM , Rating: 2
Regardless of the launch time lead, the 360 version sold more. That effects things down the road.

RE: Did I read the end of this artical wrong?
By SandmanWN on 5/16/2008 9:42:45 AM , Rating: 3
Uh the launch time lead gave them more consoles in the market. Obviously that leads to more people needing to buy the game to play on those consoles. Its not a regardless fact, its the cause.

RE: Did I read the end of this artical wrong?
By Elementalism on 5/16/2008 9:44:05 AM , Rating: 1
xBox doesnt have 2x the consoles in the market.

By steve1014 on 5/16/2008 9:47:37 AM , Rating: 4
they are saying they sold 2x as many copies of GTA and they are approx. right

RE: Did I read the end of this artical wrong?
By SandmanWN on 5/16/08, Rating: 0
RE: Did I read the end of this artical wrong?
By FITCamaro on 5/16/08, Rating: -1
RE: Did I read the end of this artical wrong?
By quaiky on 5/16/2008 10:08:12 AM , Rating: 5
if you talk about worldwide consoles then you should also take worldwide numbers for gta which are till 10th may 4.4million on 360 and 3.3 million on ps3. which means a 4:3 sales ratio by only a 3:2 split so i guess its doing betetr on ps3 than on xbox.

RE: Did I read the end of this artical wrong?
By omnicronx on 5/16/2008 10:46:56 AM , Rating: 5
In the end sales are sales, and regardless of the install base ratio, the 360 version has more sales. I am pretty sure thats what rockstar cares about, and shows that a GTAIV PS3 exclusive would have probably been a bad idea.

By FITCamaro on 5/16/2008 12:17:40 PM , Rating: 2
The truth apparently hurts.

By Locutus465 on 5/16/2008 4:42:24 PM , Rating: 1
If these figures are right then assuming R* went PS3 exclusive with this title they would have gotten what, just over 1/3 of the revenue they got? Yeah, I'm sure these kinds of sales are going to really encourage R* to develop future GTA games as PS3 exclusives.

By phattyboombatty on 5/16/2008 9:58:29 AM , Rating: 4
why would you expect the sales to be even?

Maybe not even, but I would expect it to be a lot closer than it was. The PS3 software library is smaller than the 360's, so I would have thought a higher percentage of PS3 owners would purchase the game than 360 owners, simply because there aren't as many good games for the PS3. Also, there is certain level of brand affiliation beween Playstation and GTA, so I thought PS3 owners would be more likely to pick up the game. Also, Sony's earlier statements about the sales ratio(which everyone takes with a big grain of salt)was that the ratio was less than 60:40.

By morose on 5/16/2008 12:56:38 PM , Rating: 5
What would be interesting for me to see are how many PS3 owners are also 360 owners. I have both. My biggest gaming friends have both, and those who don't have both have just the 360. I don't know of anyone amongst my 12 or so RL acquaintances that game who has just a PS3.

So, given one of the big adds for this version of GTA was multiplayer, and given the Xbox's dominance in that arena, I'm not surprised that folks are picking it up for their 360's instead of their PS3's. They want the biggest possible group of people to play online with. Hence another possible contributor to the 360 version outselling the PS3 version by such a margin.

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By timmiser on 5/16/2008 4:38:41 PM , Rating: 2
I would never had bought a PS3 just for the gaming... But I did need a blue ray player and the PS3 was the best choice for that function so now, here I am, one of those suckers owning two hi-def gaming systems.

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