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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 Locutus465 on 5/16/2008 10:22:56 AM , Rating: 4
Is the US really "the land of the 360" or the land less likely to have prejudice against microsoft? MS is hardly very popular in Europe, they really are the company you love to hate particularly there. In Asia, the platform still lacks enough compelling content for the market.

I'm guessing that the US is where the 360 has the most equal footing. It has both the content that western gamers enjoy, and doesn't have to content with as much "ZOMG YOUR GOING TO BUY M$ HARDWARE??"... Thus, the 360 has a massive sales lead due largely yes, to the fact that it was released earlier...

But not in the sense that many think, i.e. well they just had longer to sell hardware, that's only part of the eq. It really is the larger game library. It just has a wider variaty than the PS3.

Anyway, I'm already pretty sure this post is going to get voted to -1, but regardless I will say that I think the PS3 is a fine console and that it's on my future purchases list. And the fact that the PS3 has manged to come back from absolutly abysmal sales performace to really giving MS a run for their money clearly speaks of the quality of the hardware.


RE: Did I read the end of this artical wrong?
By quaiky on 5/16/2008 10:33:37 AM , Rating: 2
atm PS3 and 360 sales in us seem to be closely tied and i guess that will stay till next pricedrop. major releases on one or other console will give small spikes but overall they will probably sell about same as before.

in europe ps3 seems to gain more and more advantages, in some contries there they allready have more consoles sold than 360.
not sure why 360 did not get as much a starting advantage there than it had in us, it might really be the microsoft is bad thing. but i highly doubt that thats all, most people still use windows, and microsoft keyboards and mouses sell good here too.


By Locutus465 on 5/16/2008 10:52:52 AM , Rating: 2
At least looking at it from this side of the pond, it seems clear that there's a much greater linux push over in Europe than there ever would be here. I can guess at many reasons for that, everything from microsoft being persived as the evil corperation and Linux being persived as the great liberator etc... Anyway, a lot of the computing news making it across the pond here is decidedly anti-microsoft, particularly anything to do with EU antitrust (yikes will anything make them happy?). Perhaps my view is just colored, but there's a strong sense of that.

Annnyway, the 360 situation over here really makes a lot more sense to me. It was released first, it has more games and stole a great number of former exclusives (major ones i.e. Guitar Hero, GTA, Assasins Creed) from the playstation platform really negating a lot of the reason some might have had to buy a PS3. For instance take all those "PS2" owners that were talked about around the GTA launch, how they were supposed to buy up PS3's enmass and murder the 360.. That didn't happen, why? Maybe the fact that some of them might already own 360's and can just buy GTA for that kind of killed that buzz.

End result? The PS3 might be one heck of a console (it truely is, no denying) but it needs huge exclusives. I see MSG being a great seller for the platform. The one that really has me wanting a PS3 is God of War.


By TimberJon on 5/16/2008 6:05:08 PM , Rating: 2
Bull$hit! Quality of the hardware what??

The hardware blows as the same game when converted or created with an Xbox360 SDK would have BETTER graphics and run a little faster.

Clearly, it is the GAME ITSELF and the Software Developer that sells the game and therefore causes console sales to increase.

If a console was created and marketed but there were no games for it.. it would not sell. When a console IS made, software developers learn the product well, get an SDK and either run with archived plans, or go to the drawing board to make one. But if the games suck, nobody will buy consoles.

People bought original Xbox's because they HAD to play Halo. After playing it at a friends house way too many times, you had to have one. Blood wake? interesting but wouldnt make me buy the console. Other games? Fusion Frenzy? C'mon that came free. Any other great titles at launch? I don't remember, because everyone had tunnel vision aboard the Pillar of Autumn.


By robinthakur on 5/19/2008 10:46:23 AM , Rating: 2
I think you're being overly harsh here. Whilst the EU imposed punitive fines on MS for anti competitive practice (in its esteemed technical opionion...) don't take this to mean that Europe (including the UK) are not big supporters of MS and that we all push Linux. Nothing could be further from the truth! I've never worked for an organisation in the UK that uses Linux to a big degree and on the desktop you'd have to search very far to find something not based on MS for similar reasons to the US, namely supportability. Mind you we are talking the UK here and we try and do the exact opposite of the EU on principle generally.

Games on the 360 seem more targetted at stinking Gaijin...ummm I mean western gamers to me who was raised on a diet of seminal japanese games :) than Sony's and Nintendo's consoles. I think this follows from the 360 taking alot of PC content from the PC than any other reason. Mind you Nintendo seems to be eschewing their traditional market more and more these days. Makes me sad...


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