NPD says Xbox maintaining console lead in US

The Xbox is outselling the PS3, but the gap is closing

October 14, 2011

The latest figures for gaming hardware and software shifted in the month of September in the States have been released by analyst group NPD.

And the stats show that the Xbox 360 is maintaining its lead as the best-selling console, with a 42% share of the current console market.

In September, the Xbox shifted 440,000 units compared to the PS3 which managed 370,000 – although the PS3 is catching.

Microsoft boasts that its Kinect motion controller is helping to keep it in first place, with a growing number of games set to hit 75 titles by the end of the year, quadruple the number out at the end of 2010.

Nintendo is still moving its Wii console, too, which racked up sales of 240,000. The DS handheld surpassed 50 million units in total, but fell heavily to 145,000 units now that the majority of punters are buying the reduced price 3DS.

The 3DS itself was up 10% on the previous month, with 260,000 handhelds sold. That means that since mid-August, when the price reduction kicked in, Nintendo has sold 450,000 units of the 3DS, a big boost to flagging sales.

The fact that Christmas is looming, along with big titles such as Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 being due for release is only likely to buoy sales further. The Legend of Zelda 3DS reboot has sold 500,000 units, apparently.

The top selling game of September, however, was Madden NFL 12, America’s equivalent of FIFA. FIFA 12 actually came fourth, which was pretty good, only behind Madden, Gears of War 3 and Dead Island.


Post a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Visited 2447 times, 2 so far today