Wiiâ„¢ emerged as the top-selling console in April, according to the independent NPD Group, which tracks U.S. video game sales. Wii sold more than 714,000 units in April alone, bringing its lifetime sales in the United States to more than 9.5 million.
â€œWii sales were buoyed in part by the strong launch of Mario Kart Wii, which sold more than 1.1 million units,â€ said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of Americaâ€™s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. â€œOur belief in appealing to a broad, diverse audience of players continues to resonate with consumers, and we look forward to continuing our outreach to an expanded audience with the launch of Wii Fit next week.â€
Other Nintendo highlights from Aprilâ€™s NPD report include:
- Mario KartÂ® Wii finished as the No. 2 game of the month.
- Six of the top 10 games of the month are for Nintendo systems: Mario Kart Wii (No. 2), Wii Playâ„¢ (No. 4), Super Smash Bros.Â® Brawl (No. 5), PokÃ©monÂ® Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness (No. 7), PokÃ©monÂ® Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time (No. 8) and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (No. 9).
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl crossed the 3 million sales mark in the United States.
- Wii and Nintendo DSâ„¢ again finished as the two top-selling hardware systems.
My, that’s a lot of Wiis. Expect even higher ones in May with the release of Wii Fit. Amazing.