May 17, 2007 - The NPD Group today released videogame hardware sales data for April and Nintendo's Wii and DS consoles were again the big winners, as both platforms dominated all competitors. On the other hand, the PlayStation 3 saw another slow month, failing to meet even the lowest analyst estimates.
Nintendo DS was the overall best-selling system of April with approximately 471,000 units sold. On the other hand, Sony's PSP, which was coming off a price drop, managed 182,000 units sold.
Despite being in limited supply, Wii was, meanwhile, the best-selling console for the month. More than 360,000 new consumers purchased Nintendo's home console in April, nearly doubling the nearest competitor. The second best-selling home system was PlayStation 2 with 193,000 units sold. Microsoft's Xbox 360 managed 174,000 units sold and Sony pulled off less than half of that, at a meager 82,000 PlayStation 3 consoles.
Nintendo was also the number-one software publisher for the month, releasing the top four best-selling games -- Pokemon Diamond and Pearl for DS, and Super Paper Mario and Wii Play for Wii. The Pokemon titles sold a combined 1.7 million games in about a week. Other top-selling games included Guitar Hero II, Spider-Man 3, and God of War II.
Below are the total hardware sales for the month of April:
Nintendo DS: 471,000
PlayStation 2: 194,000
PlayStation Portable: 183,000
Xbox 360: 174,000
GameBoy Advance: 84,000
PlayStation 3: 82,000GameCube: 13,000
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