Platform holders Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony have responded to last month’s US games industry sales results, which were the second-best on record for the month of November.
As Wii and DS dominated November hardware sales, Nintendo said that it enjoyed “a record-setting month”. Wii became the “fastest-selling home console to surpass an installed base of 23 million” and DS sales eclipsed the portable’s previous monthly record of 1.57 million, according to the company. Four games published for Nintendo platforms made the software top ten.
“Nintendo products top Amazon.com’s Most Wished For and Most Gifted lists for video games, and Wii remains at or near the top of the most-searched for video game terms on Yahoo!,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “As families and friends gather for the holidays, Nintendo games offer the best shared experiences.”
Microsoft said that “consumers spent a total of $838 million on Xbox 360 hardware, software and accessories, making it the best November in Xbox 360 history”. The console jumped back ahead of PS3 in terms of monthly sales, while Xbox 360 games dominated the software chart. Microsoft pointed out that Modern Warfare 2 sold more than twice as many copies on 360 as it did on PS3.
Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO Jack Tretton said in a statement: “In November, PS3 was the only hardware console to see any growth when compared to last November, experiencing an 88 per cent lift and a 122 per cent increase from the previous month… The sheer appetite and interest in the PS3 this holiday has been overwhelming and is exceeding our expectations. So much so, some retailers are expected to experience tight supply this December.”