Maybe Apple’s iPod Touch isn’t putting the quash on Nintendo DS portables as much as some believed. The DS video game players had a record month in February, even while video game hardware sales were down industry wide, said the NPD Group.
Nintendo sold more than 613,000 DS-family portables in the U.S., whizzing by Nintendo’s previous monthly high of 597,000 units sold in February 2009, said NPD.
February was a bit more brutal on video hardware game sales in general, as sales fell 21 percent over the month a year ago and software/video game sales fell 14 percent. “Honestly, I had expected the industry to perform somewhat better this month. Nonetheless, strong new releases, and Easter gift-buying bodes well for industry performance in March,” said NPD analyst Anita Frazier.
In consoles, hardware sales fell but the Xbox made out well with the 360 taking the stop slot for the first time since September 2007 when Halo 3 as released. Also the “ PS3 enjoyed a 30% increase over last year, even while retail supply is reported to remain constrained,” said Frazier.
PlayStation 2 101.9K
PlayStation 3 360.1K
Xbox 360 422.0K
Nintendo DS 613.2K
Source: The NPD Group