Wii Maintains Console Lead
With the videogame sector having a huge month in December, Nintendo’s Wii console continued to do well, leading console sales with 1.35 million in the U.S., edging out the Microsoft Xbox 360 (1.26 million units) and Sony’s PlayStation (797,600 units), the Wall Street Journal reported, citing figures from the NPD Group.
The Wii’s would have been even wider, the paper reported, had the product not been in a severe shortage throughout the country during the holiday season. However, console hardware sales jumped 17 percent over December of 2006, while software jumped 36 percent.
For the year overall, NPD Group said, the Wii also finished in the lead with 6.3 million units sold domestically, compared to 4.6 million for the Xbox 360 and 2.6 million for the PS3. With handheld devices, Nintendo beat Sony one again, with the Nintendo DS moving 8.5 million units in 2007 and Sony selling 3.8 million PSPs.