Nintendo tops game hardware, software sales in April

Posted by Mark Raby

Port Washington (NY) - Nintendo's Wii, DS, and Pokemon games took the top spots in their respective categories last month, according to the latest data from NPD Group.

In the home console market, the Wii outsold all of its competitors, giving it the same position it's held every month so far this year.  About 360,000 Wii consoles were sold last month.  The Playstation 2 took the second spot, with 194,000 units.  The Xbox 360 and PS3 followed, with sales of 174,000 and 82,000 units, respectively.

The Nintendo DS took the top ranking with regard to handheld systems.  At 471,000 units, it was also the best-selling video game system overall last month.  The PSP sold through about 183,000 units, while the phasing out Game Boy Advance hit 84,000 in April.

Nintendo also nabbed the positions of the four top-selling games last month.  Pokemon Diamond went over the one million mark, with sales of around 1.05 million.  The complementing version, Pokemon Pearl, ranked in at number two, with 712,000 copies.  The Wii took the next two spots, with Super Paper Mario and Wii Play selling 352,000 units and 249,000 units, respectively.

Rounding out the top five was Activision's Guitar Hero II for the Xbox 360, with sales of around 197,000 copies.

The running tally so far puts Xbox 360 sales at 5.4 million units, followed by the Wii at 2.5 million and the PS3 at 1.3 million.