Sony PS3 sales down sharply

Posted on Friday, Feb 13 2009 @ 23:30 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
A new report from NPD illustrates the PlayStation 3 console from Sony isn't doing too well in the US. ShackNews compared the unit shipments from January 2009 with those from a year ago and spotted sales were down from 269,000 units to 203,200 units. In the same period, Nintendo managed to increase shipments of its Wii from 274,000 to 679,200, while the Xbox 360 from Microsoft increased its shipments from 230,000 units to 309,000 units.

On the portable front, Nintendo sold 510,800 DS units while Sony shipped 172,300 PSPs. While the PS3 is falling behind, the more than eight year old PS2 is still doing well, sales of this cheap console accounted for 101,200 units last month. Here's a snip about the Nintendo hardware and software:
Nintendo also continues to own the top ten list for software sales with older titles that refuse to die. Wii Fit sold 777,000 units, Wii Play sold 415,000 units, and Mario Kart sold 292,000 to hold the first three slots on the list, respectively. Guitar Hero World Tour for the Wii took the seventh place with 155,000 units sold, New Super Mario Bros. came in eighth place with 135,000 pieces sold, and Mario Kart DS came in ninth place with 132,000 units sold.

With the number one and two best-selling pieces of hardware, and six places on the top ten list, Nintendo won't be loosening its stranglehold on the industry any time soon.

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