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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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A potential win for Microsoft?
By Gastrian on 5/16/2008 12:53:16 PM , Rating: 2
On the basic level this is considered a draw, as has been pointed out Microsoft has a larger install base and the games to consoles ratio is about the same between Microsoft and Sony.

The point thats being neglected is that since GTA3 first came onto the PS2 the GTA series has been a system seller for Sony. One of the main reasons last generation to get a Playstation 2 was because GTA was a PS2 exclusive and even when GTA3 and Liberty City hit the Xbox it made no major impact on either system's placing. Before GTA4 was announced as a non-exclusive I knew quite a few people that were going to buy a PS3 instead of an Xbox360 because it was more likely to be a PS3 exclusive.

The game comes out truly multiplatform, there's exclusive content for MS but also free online play for PS3 owners, the diffferences between the games are negligible and the game does equally well on both consoles. Nobody was really expecting Microsoft to outright beat Sony in this but people were expecting GTA to be good for Sony, especially as Sony had the bundle pack and it hasn't narrowed the gap.

Microsoft hasn't gained an extra lead over Sony because of GTA4 but Sony has lost one of the biggest reasons it got its much deserved market share last gen and that is going to hurt Sony in the future, especially if third parties decide that based on these sales figures its in their best interests to go multiplatform and not favour Sony.




RE: A potential win for Microsoft?
By Min Jia on 5/17/2008 12:05:27 AM , Rating: 2
GTA4 is selling better on the PS3 in both Europe and Asia.


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