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Xbox Finally Outsells Nintendo's Wii in February

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Microsoft's Xbox 360 console has topped NPD's list of monthly console sales for the first time in two years.

Each month, NPD Group releases the numbers for monthly console sales and the Xbox 360 hasn't been at the top of NPD's list for a very long time. However, February was a great month for Microsoft, even if it wasn't exactly a great month for the market in general. NPD reports that console sales in February were down 15 percent compared to February of last year.

Microsoft's Xbox 360 sold 422,000 units during February, while the number of Wiis sold came to 397,900 units. Sony came in third place with the PlayStation 3, although it's not as bad as it sounds. The PlayStation 3 sold 360,100 units, a 30 percent increase on the same period last year.

Nintendo's DS topped the list for handheld consoles (613,200 units), while the PSP sold just 133,400 units. Top game for the month was Bioshock 2. Second place went to Nintendo's New Super Mario Bros. and Modern Warfare 2 placed third.

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    megamanx00 , March 12, 2010 2:28 PM
    The PC has outsold them all ^_^
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    ayssius , March 12, 2010 2:19 PM
    This title was very misleading, I had thought it meant gross sales. Not just for one month.
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    dman3k , March 12, 2010 2:22 PM
    Maybe people realizes that the XBOX does more for media integration, have better games (and even have better graphics), and actually have friends you know who plays on XBOX Live.

    I have a PS3, and besides Borderlands with multiplayer single-player missions co-op, there's not much else in terms for gaming. Blu-ray is pretty much the only reason one would need a PS3. And with BR players cheaper, the reason to get a PS3 is even lower.

    Not to mention, I am a mobile game developer. Windows Phone 7 will be cross-platformed on XBOX and Windows PC. So I will probably need to get my own XBOX.

    And this is without mentioning Project Natal > Playstation Dildo, I mean, PS Move.
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    sliem , March 12, 2010 2:12 PM
    Well of course. All the kids have their Wiis and they got bored with it and it's collecting dust. Now the kids want something that has more value: XBOX360 or PS3. Hm mommy thinks PS3 is too expensive and they never watch or need to watch Blu-Ray... XBOX360 Arcade it is, $150 vs $300-$400.
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    tayb , March 12, 2010 2:16 PM
    Outsold the Wii by 25,000. Just keep this up for another 160 or so months and you'll pass the Wii in sales! These analysts were totally on the mark.
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    ayssius , March 12, 2010 2:19 PM
    This title was very misleading, I had thought it meant gross sales. Not just for one month.
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    icepick314 , March 12, 2010 2:21 PM
    there's got to be saturation point to Nintendo systems....

    one of these days, DS will hit ceiling too...............maybe.......
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    dman3k , March 12, 2010 2:22 PM
    Maybe people realizes that the XBOX does more for media integration, have better games (and even have better graphics), and actually have friends you know who plays on XBOX Live.

    I have a PS3, and besides Borderlands with multiplayer single-player missions co-op, there's not much else in terms for gaming. Blu-ray is pretty much the only reason one would need a PS3. And with BR players cheaper, the reason to get a PS3 is even lower.

    Not to mention, I am a mobile game developer. Windows Phone 7 will be cross-platformed on XBOX and Windows PC. So I will probably need to get my own XBOX.

    And this is without mentioning Project Natal > Playstation Dildo, I mean, PS Move.
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    thegreathuntingdolphin , March 12, 2010 2:26 PM
    Quote:
    This title was very misleading, I had thought it meant gross sales. Not just for one month.


    The Wii still has sold several million more than the 360 and PS3 combined in gross sales.
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    dark_lord69 , March 12, 2010 2:28 PM
    ehangerdo a 360 and walk away


    LOL! You mean a 180?
    360 would leave you facing the same direction!

    Just wanted to say I have those top 3 games and I am yet to play through Bioshock 2 but the other 2 games were pretty good.
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    megamanx00 , March 12, 2010 2:28 PM
    The PC has outsold them all ^_^
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    toastninja17 , March 12, 2010 2:29 PM
    All I gotta say...YEAH WHOO!!!

    megamanx00The PC has outsold them all ^_^


    However that is also true ^^
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    lightsaber , March 12, 2010 2:31 PM
    It's going to be a pretty interesting holiday season once Microsoft's Project Natel and Sony's "Move" make their debuts....talk about becoming a level playing field as far as video game interaction is concerned, Nintendo better watch out.
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    aethm , March 12, 2010 2:35 PM
    The Wii was/is a fad. I don't think the Wii is done leading sales, but if Nintendo doesn't want their system collecting dust it's time for some quality games.
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    Trueno07 , March 12, 2010 2:36 PM
    Bioshock 2 is an incredible game, I'm happy to see it selling so well.
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    hillarymakesmecry , March 12, 2010 2:40 PM
    I bet if PS3 didn't have the availability problem right now they'd be selling quite a few more consoles. All of the retailers I know of have empty shelves. Even the online retailers have a wait time.
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    captaincharisma , March 12, 2010 2:44 PM
    not surprised at all because its just sucker...er..i mean xbox users who put up with a failing console and continue to buy replacements knowing they will have to buy a new replacement again down the road.
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    tayb , March 12, 2010 2:50 PM
    hillarymakesmecryI bet if PS3 didn't have the availability problem right now they'd be selling quite a few more consoles. All of the retailers I know of have empty shelves. Even the online retailers have a wait time.


    Do you live in the middle of nowhere? That's about the only explanation I can think of because I could go out and buy 50 Playstation 3's without going more than 15 miles out here in Austin.
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    Anonymous , March 12, 2010 2:54 PM
    Wow! Someone actually thought that the 360 passed the Wii in lifetime sales? LOL! You must actually have a life!

    The Wii wouldn't have gone from the crazy month that was December's sales to being second to the 360 without its supply being constrained.

    The PS3's increase in sales are only so good because the sales were so low in the past. Their probably coming close to the numbers they were expecting at launch.

    Nintendo sure as hell better come correct with the games. But I think that if they focus too heavily on core gamers, they'll only be disappointed. I've seen far too many folks say, "Nintendo has no games for the Wii in 2010!". Then we look and see that they have Mario and Metroid for Q2 2010 and perhaps Zelda for Q4. That should be enough for Big N. But I doubt that the 3rd-party games like Red Steel 2, Monster Hunter Tri and Epic Mickey will be enough to convince that stubborn "hardcore" to take a plunge.

    I'm really excited about the Wii's lineup for 2010. WAY more than I was in 2009. And I still haven't even gotten Bioshock 2 or Heavy Rain yet.

    And the backlog continues to grow on all 3 platforms for me! :( 
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    Regulas , March 12, 2010 3:13 PM
    Right now the PS3 is sold out almost everywhere. I had to go to 4 stores to find one on the day of FF XIII release. I love it and with more and more movie rentals having the Blue Ray option it is a win win situation. I used a HDMI cable (not the supplied RGB) to hook it up. It flawlessly found and linked up to wireless network.
    Off subject, FF XIII is gorgeous and runs in full 1080P even during gameplay. Still prefer FF XII battle system
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    tenor77 , March 12, 2010 3:19 PM
    Yay, I feel justified other people bought something I have.......and I feel so empty inside as well.
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    datawrecker , March 12, 2010 3:26 PM
    aethmThe Wii was/is a fad. I don't think the Wii is done leading sales, but if Nintendo doesn't want their system collecting dust it's time for some quality games.


    I am not sure that is going to help either. The only thing the Wii has going for it now are titles like Mario and Metroid.

    The sharks are swimming closer to the Wii's territory and there is nothing significant the Wii can throw at it. (pardon the pun)
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    Vestin , March 12, 2010 3:27 PM
    dark_lord69LOL! You mean a 180?

    It CAN be done !
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