Nintendo News: Nintendo Stays Number One
Nintendo once again claimed the top two spots among the best-selling new video
game systems in America in March, according to independent sales data gathered
by the NPD Group.
Despite widespread shortages for both systems, more than half a million buyers
snapped up the portable Nintendo DS(TM), and Wii(TM) was once again the
top-selling new home video game console.
With the first quarter of 2007 now completed, Wii has already notched over a
million systems sold in America this year, while the DS now stands just shy of
1.25 million for the same period. Wii remains the fastest-selling new console
in more than a decade, based on NPD sell-through information over the first
five months of availability. So far this year, Nintendo has sold more video
game systems than all other manufacturers combined.
"The message delivered by both Wii and Nintendo DS is the same one," says
Reggie Fils-Aime, president, Nintendo of America. "Innovation is compelling
both current gamers and new gamers to experience a new way to play. Nintendo
is bringing gaming back to the masses."
While shipments of Wii hardware are expected to grow this month due to
increased production, demand for the system remains at unprecedented levels.
And it's destined only to intensify with the just released Super Paper
Mario(TM) and the impending release of Mario Party(R) 8, which brings a new
experience to the classic mini-game series using the Wii controllers.
For Nintendo DS, the year's most anticipated software release so far this year
comes with the arrival of Pokemon(R) Diamond and Pokemon(R) Pearl arriving at
retail on Sunday.
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