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Wii takes the PS3 as XBox pronounced king of Crimble

Festive sales figures revealed
Fri Jan 12 2007, 16:47
NINTENDO BEAT Sony in the year-end console battle in the US, selling over a hundred thousand more units of its Wii system than Sony's competitor the PS3 in December.

Nintendo managed to flog 604,200 units during the month while Sony managed a paltry 490,700 PS3 systems.

However, the real King of Christmas, apart from Jesus or Santa, was Microsoft having managed to sell 1.1 million Xbox 360 consoles over December according to retail market research firm NPD's figures.

Presumably this was partially a stock issue, Microsoft having had its console readily available since November 2005, while Nintendo and Sony struggled to meet Christmas demands in 2006.

Sony lagged on the handheld front too, with 953,200 PSPs sold over the holiday season while Nintendo's DS managed to rack up 1.6 million sales.

2006 was a good year for the games industry, video game and hardware sales reaching a staggering $12.5 billion, up 19 per cent from the year before, Reuters reported.

Nintendo spokeswoman Perrin Kaplan protested the NPD assessment of Nintendo's well-being, having said that Nintendo's numbers in terms of shipped items are "well above" the NPD number. "What NPD does not account for is the product that is in transit," she said.

David Hufford, project management director for the Xbox seemed rather chuffed with the NPD numbers, however. He said the Xbox 360 life-to-date US sales of 4.5 million are "very much in line with what we're seeing here." Good on you, Dave.

Microsoft also managed to claim top spot for video games, having sold 815,700 copies of much hyped "Gears of War" in December alone. The overall sales for the game should top 3 million by the next week, Dave said.

While Sony's PS3 performance thus far may seem a little grim, the firm's ancient PS2 achieved sales of 1.4 million units in December, making it the current leader in the global console market, according to NPD. µ


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