Nintendo Wins Console Wars For March; Wii Becoming Available in More Places
Nintendo once again claimed the top two spots in the NPD Group’s gaming console rankings for March, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday on its Technology Chronicles blog.
The Nintendo Wii sold about 259,000 units in the month of March, the most among standard consoles, while the Nintendo DS won the handheld category by a mile, with around 508,000 units sold. Coming up behind them were the Xbox 360 with 199,000 units and the Playstation 3 with 130,000 sold. Trailing the DS among handhelds was the Playstation Portable, with 180,000.
Nintendo last week, in a statement reacting to the NPD results, had stated that ”shipments of Wii hardware are expected to grow this month,” in reaction to shortages And indeed, numerous reports over the weekend, from the San Jose Mercury News, and the blog Gaming Bits, stated that new shipments of the Wii were arriving at Best Buy, Toys R Us, and other retail outlets nationwide.