Surprising absolutely no one, Nintendo took the number one and two slots in hardware sales. The Wii sold 714,200 units while the Nintendo DS moved 414,800 units (third place sales go to the PSP with 192,700 units). This month the Wii outsold the Playstation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, and Xbox 360... combined.
While Grand Theft Auto IV took up the first (360) and third (PS3) slots in software sales, Mario Kart Wii came in number two with 1.12 million units sold in April. Frazier calls it "a classic example of counter-programming." Wii Play came in number four with 360,000 units sold, Super Smash Bros. Brawl came in at number five with 326,000 units, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness and Time came in at numbers seven and eight, with both games selling 202,000 units. Guitar Hero III took the number nine slot with 152,000 units. All told, Nintendo games took up six of the top ten games for April.
Microsoft may choose to say that it's not competing with Nintendo, and that's probably a smart move. No one is even coming close to matching these sales numbers.
The Xbox 360 did outsell the PS3 with 188,000 units sold, but it only led by 900 units against the PlayStation 3. The 360 also had the best-selling game with Grand Theft Auto IV selling (1.85 million units) and the tenth best selling game with Call of Duty 4 (141,000 units).
Sony has already begun to take some of the shine out of Microsoft's Grand Theft Auto IV win. "There's a larger installed base right now on Xbox 360 than on PS3. So it's not surprising that there's going to be more selling on Xbox 360 than PS3. Having said that, we're really excited about the ratio," PlayStation senior vice president of marketing Peter Dille told N'Gai Croal. "If I had an installed base advantage of 3-1, I wouldn't be crowing too much about a 60-40 sales advantage."
Edited by rabidgnome229 - 5/16/08 at 11:17am