Wii smashes March sales thanks to Super Smash Bros

Posted by Mark Raby

Port Washington (NY) - Once again the Wii outsold the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, reaching its highest monthly sales since Christmas.  Despite continued console shortages, hardware sales rose likely because of the release of Super Smash Bros Brawl.

By far, Brawl was the #1 selling game last month, outselling the games from #2 to #7 on the list, combined.

The Wii fighting game, which came out on March 9, sold around 2.7 million copies in the US alone last month.  That puts it in the range of Halo 3's innagural month but nowhere near eclipsing it.  During September 2007, the Xbox 360 mega hit sold 3.3 million copies.


Monthly sales numbers since November 2006

It's no surprise that the Wii outsold the PS3 and Xbox 360, but for the first time in months it also outsold the Nintendo DS.  Last month, NPD reports than 721,000 Wii units were sold in the US.  The DS was behind at 698,000 units.


Lifetime sales of the Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3

Although noted analyst Michael Pachter predicted that the PS3 would sell more than the Xbox 360 last month, actual sales numbers show a different story.  The Xbox 360 hit sales of 262,000 units, followed, though very closely, by the PS3 at 257,000 units.

The PSP, meanwhile, had sales of 297,000 units and Sony's last-gen PS2 console remained a formidable player with 216,000 units.


Breakdown of monthly top 10 games by platform since November 2006

The PSP actually made headlines with its place on the software sales list.  Over the past 18 months, there has not been a single PSP game that made the top 10 list on NPD's monthly sales numbers.  In March, there were two.  God of War: Chains of Olympus sold 340,500 copies and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII hit 301,600 units.

Another big title, Rainbow Six Vegas 2, reached unit sales of 752,300 on the Xbox 360, which makes it the #2 seller last month.  Army of Two on the Xbox 360 was third with 606,100 copies, and long-time top-seller Wii Play was #4 with 409,800.