Nintendo’s Wiiâ„¢ home console and the Nintendo DSâ„¢ portable video game system comfortably led U.S. sales in March, according to data from the independent NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States. PokÃ©monâ„¢ Platinum Version for Nintendo DS emerged as the No. 2 video game of the month, with nearly 805,000 units sold.
Wii tallied sales of nearly 601,000 in March, while Nintendo DS sold more than half a million, even in advance of the April 5 launch of the new Nintendo DSiâ„¢ system. Both Wii and Nintendo DS extended their lead as the best-selling video game systems of this generation.
“Nintendo systems accounted for 58.4 percent of the video game hardware sold in March, more than all other systems combined,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Consumers continue to be attracted to the wide range of software available and the great value of Nintendo systems.”
Four games published by Nintendo finished in the top 10 best-sellers of March. These include PokÃ©mon Platinum Version at No. 2, Wii Fitâ„¢ at No. 3 with more than 541,000 sold, Wii Playâ„¢ at No. 8 with more than 281,000 sold and Mario Kartâ„¢ Wii at No. 9 with more than 278,000 sold.
Early U.S. sales of the new Nintendo DSi hand-held system are ahead of those for Nintendo DS Lite, according to Nintendo’s internal tracking numbers. In its first week, Nintendo DSi sold 435,000 in the United States. After the same amount of time on the U.S. market after its launch, Nintendo DS Lite had sold 226,300 systems. These numbers demonstrate that the Nintendo DS brand remains strong, and that consumers continue to look for the best new experiences on their portable video game systems.
So far this year, video game industry revenues are on par with 2008, but Nintendo remains a key driver. Without Nintendo products, the industry would be down 14 percent for the year, according to the NPD Group.