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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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Surprising lower Hardware numbers
By Elementalism on 5/16/2008 9:43:33 AM , Rating: 3
I think it will be interesting to see if GTAIV has legs on the PS3. COD4 sold well for months on the xBox but it doesnt appear that a game has legs on the PS3. It will make the top 10 once and disappear.

Overall both next gen consoles saw a large decline in sales. The Wii, well, it is the Wii and it is destroying all.




By quaiky on 5/16/2008 9:59:11 AM , Rating: 3
if you look at week to week data especially for worldwide (http://vgchartz.com/hwcomps.php?cons1=Wii®1=All... you can see a hardware sale spike for both PS3 and Xbox 360 around the release of GTA, so it did definitely sell consoles, but its also start of summertime and people are probably not that interested in buying consoles overall than if same would happen in winter.
Also you can see good in this chart that wii sales are a completly own league, PS3 only spiked into taht number in first week of GTA sales, and 360 was way below that still.


RE: Surprising lower Hardware numbers
By SandmanWN on 5/16/2008 9:59:58 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Overall both next gen consoles saw a large decline in sales.

Warm weather makes people want to do things other than sit in front of their television and be zombies all day. Sales numbers usually go down for a lot of industries during the warm months of the year.


By Hiawa23 on 5/16/2008 10:34:57 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Overall both next gen consoles saw a large decline in sales
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Warm weather makes people want to do things other than sit in front of their television and be zombies all day. Sales numbers usually go down for a lot of industries during the warm months of the year.

Warm weather & the economy, plus the consoles cost alot more than the mass friendly Wii.


RE: Surprising lower Hardware numbers
By FITCamaro on 5/16/2008 10:38:40 AM , Rating: 2
Nah I hate to sweat so my ass will be inside for the next 4 months. :-p

Clearly kidding....or am I?


RE: Surprising lower Hardware numbers
By SandmanWN on 5/16/2008 10:48:21 AM , Rating: 2
lol come on out and absorb your dose of radiation with the rest of us. I've already earned my first two sunburns of the year. The skins all toned and ready for those hot summer rays. Bring on that wholesome radiated goodness!


RE: Surprising lower Hardware numbers
By FITCamaro on 5/16/2008 12:30:53 PM , Rating: 2
Oh I've already had my sunburns too. I got a sunburn on a friday and then went back for more saturday so I could film this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhrDxCR7r8I


RE: Surprising lower Hardware numbers
By SandmanWN on 5/16/2008 2:18:26 PM , Rating: 2
ha, I got my first tan of the year at the Blue Angels demonstration.


By Min Jia on 5/16/2008 11:47:04 PM , Rating: 2
You guys will get skin cancer. I'm sure of it


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