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Strong Wii and DS sales ensure Nintendo claims top hardware spot

by Steven Williamson on 18 August 2008, 14:59

Tags: Nintendo DS, Nintendo (TYO:7974), DS, Wii

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In the US, Nintendo has once again come up trumps in terms of sales of its Nintendo DS and Wii hardware, July's official NPD figures make for pleasant reading for the Japanese giant.

Nintendo DS and Wii beat off opposition from the Xbox 360 and PS3 and claimed the top two positions in terms of hardware sales, with more than 608,000 DS units and more than 555,000 Wii units sold last month.

Wii claimed a 49 percent share of all console sales in July, and extended its lead as the best-selling console of this generation. Nintendo DS represented a 73 percent share of hand-held sales in July.

Five games made for Nintendo systems placed in the top 10 best-selling games of the month, including Wii Fit, with 369,603 units sold at No. 2; Guitar Hero: On Tour for Nintendo DS, with 309,695 units sold at No. 3; Wii Play, with 284,035 units sold at No. 4; Mario Kart Wii, with 174,464 units sold at No. 7; and Rock Band for Wii, with 162,886 units sold at No. 8.

"Great hardware goes hand-in-hand with great software," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Various types of games for the Nintendo systems are represented in the top 10, demonstrating how we continue to break down the barriers between veteran and new players."