Posted on April 18, 2008,

March Hardware NPDs: 360 Edges PS3, Nintendo Dominates Once Again

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Looks like my archnemesis, Michael Pachter, was wrong and the PlayStation 3 just barely missed outselling the Xbox 360 for the third straight month, selling just 5,000 units less. That’s not exactly a substantial win for Microsoft, but anything to stop the bleeding at this point will most likely be welcomed with open arms.

PlayStation Portable had a solid month, outselling the 360, PS3, and PS2. Must have been a good month then, right? Not quite. The DS managed more than double the PSP’s 297,000 systems sold, moving an impressive 698,000 units in March.

But the big news is the huge month for Wii. With 721,000 units sold, it did sell more than the 360 and PS3 combined as Pachter predicted. In fact, it was only 14,000 units shy of selling as many units as the 360, PS3 and PS2 combined. That’s crazy.

March 2008 Hardware Sales (February sales in parentheses):

  • Nintendo Wii – 721,000 (432,000)
  • Nintendo DS – 698,000 (587,600)
  • PlayStation Portable – 297,000 (243,000)
  • Xbox 360 – 262,000 (254,600)
  • PlayStation 3 – 257,000 (280,800)
  • PlayStation 2 – 216,000 (351,800)

You can easily attribute the PSP and Wii’s increases to the release of certain games and but more on that in the next story.

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3 Comments on March Hardware NPDs: 360 Edges PS3, Nintendo Dominates Once Again

ManOfTeal

On April 18, 2008 at 10:02 am

So we could have titled this, “The Wii kicks everyone’s ass.” Sometimes I amaze even myself. :cool:

Too bad PS3 (aka glorified Blu-Ray player) fans. Apparently winning the format war didn’t help much since the 360 still beat ya in sales.

Go Marlins!!!!

Sam

On April 18, 2008 at 10:15 am

Actually on in NA did the 360 beat the PS3.

I don’t think NPD sales include anywhere outside NA. Nintendo produces about 1.2+ million wii’s a month and about 700,000 of those goto NA territories I believe.

In the uk where MS slashed the 360 price by 50 pounds ($100 ish) it doubled in sales and still did NOT sell more than the PS3.

And of course we don’t need the figures to know how the 360 faired in Japan.

Now if only Nintendo would give us Mario Kart already and rockstar would give me a personal copy of GTA4 :cry:

Sam

On April 18, 2008 at 10:16 am

Oh see here for the story on 360′s not outselling PS3′s in the UK…

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/04/18/xbox_360_european_sales_double/