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NPD: Video Game Hardware, Software Sales Soar in May

18 Jun, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Despite sluggish sales of Sony's PlayStation 3 video game console, industry console hardware and software sales in May skyrocketed 79% and 49%, respectively, compared to the same period last year.

The NPD Group reported that portable hardware sales increased 45% to almost $98 million while portable software upped 39% to more than $106 million.

Top hardware sales included the Nintendo DS with 423,000 units; Nintendo Wii (338,000); Sony PlayStation Portable (221,000); PlayStation 2 (188,000); Microsoft Xbox 360 (155,000); PlayStation 3 (82,000); and Nintendo Game Boy Advance with 81,000 devices.

Overall video game revenue, led by NDS Pokemon Diamond Version (Nintendo) with 331,200 units sold, topped $815 million.

Top software titles in May featured Wii's Mario Party 8 (Nintendo) at 314,400 units; PlayStation 2's Spider-Man 3 (Activision) at 248,700; NDS's Pokemon Pearl Vision (Nintendo) at 238,000; Wii Play w/remote (Nintendo) at 227,400; Xbox 360's Forza Motorsport 2 (Microsoft) at 217,300; 360's Guitar Hero 2 w/guitar (Activision) at 183,600; 360's Spider-Man 3 (Activision) at 139,800; 360's Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (Electronic Arts) at 137,700; PlayStation 2's Guitar Hero 2 w/guitar (Activision) at 130,900.

Since January, video game sales have reached $5 billion, a 47% increase from $3.4 billion last year.

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