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Nintendominates video game hardware sales for June

The sales numbers released by research firm NPD Group for June continue to highlight Nintendo’s current strength in the market. Both the Nintendo DS and Wii lead all of its competitors in terms of software and hardware sales.

The Nintendo DS collected even more sales than during May, moving an amazing 561,900 units. The Wii followed closely behind with 381,800, also slightly up from the previous month.

Nintendo’s near-obsolete Game Boy Advance sold a surprising 109,400 consoles, despite there being no new software released for the handheld.

Sony took sat next in the ladder, with the PSP selling 290,100 and the undying PlayStation 2 at 270,700 units. The PlayStation 3, which was once again the lowest-selling, current-market console, only managed to sell 98,500 units.

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sold 198,400 units, also up from May’s figures.

Overall, video game hardware sales were up 34 percent for the month as compared to the same period last year – accumulating $398.6 million.

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RE: What are the totals?
By encryptkeeper on 7/24/2007 3:08:57 PM , Rating: 2
Netscorer on July 24, 2007 at 12:23 PM

In my mind, 'the next gen' gaming console has to satisfy at least these three technical criteria:
- fully support HDTV resolution
- fully support Online gaming for all 'next-gen' releases
- provide full range of Home Media Center functionality

So far, only Xbox 360 (with HD-DVD addon) fully justifies 'next gen' moniker. Sony will be there soon as they will roll out full Online gaming support in the next months. Wii, however, will never be able to satisfy all three criteria (they actually currently do not astisfy any of these criteia), thus Wii is not a 'next gen' in my mind.

Thank you, I'm glad there are some people who put thoughts into their posts. While I respectfully disagree that these are the only things that necessitate true 'next gen' I have to admit I'd definitely like more online games for the Wii. Wii Sports would have been great to have online, but I have a feeling they're going to do a Wii Sports 2, with more sports, better graphics and online gameplay. 1080p or 720p doesn't really bug me that much, I still have a tube TV. How many households have an HD set? 10-15%? Media center capability is something that absolutely does not interest me because I have no use for it.

At the same time, people are realizing the next evolution in video games is how you interact with them, not just how pretty they look.

RE: What are the totals?
By omnicronx on 7/24/2007 3:39:38 PM , Rating: 2
How many households have an HD set? 10-15%

Depends where you live, 10-15% in the U.S right now maybe, but in Canada that number is dramatically increasing, i would say it is closer to 25-30% of Canadians own at least one HD-Ready tv in their household.

Also keep in mind the 2009 analogue shutoff for television stations in the U.S starts, and only digital OTA HD signals will be available, at that time i would expect the number of households with HD-TVS to increase exponentially from there on in.

RE: What are the totals?
By Netscorer on 7/24/2007 9:08:06 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you for your post. I agree that everyone can have their own idea of the 'next gen'. For me, the three above plus a great line up of the current games were enough to justify buying Xbox 360. PS3 is close behind but does not have many good games and so I will probably reevaluate them in 6-9 months.
I played Wii for 4 weeks and got quickly annoyed with the controls. They are great novelty act and the originals (Wii Sports and Zelda) work with them like a charm, but same controls become awkward and frustrating once you try playing third-party games. Lack of HDTV support(I have a 56" 1080P beauty sitting in my living room) and no online gaming were a killing blow for me.

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