July 1, 2010
Nintendo's video game systems again increased their lead versus other platforms in May, according to the independent NPD Group, which tracks video game industry sales in the United States. The Nintendo DS TM family of portable systems took the top hardware spot with more than 383,000 sold, with sales representing more than 86 percent of all hand-held gaming platform units sold during the month. Nintendo's Wii TM home console followed at No. 2 with more than 334,000 sold.
Four of the top 10 best-selling games of May play on Nintendo systems. These include Super Mario Galaxy TM 2 at No. 3 with more than 563,000 sold, New Super Mario Bros. TM Wii at No. 6 with more than 183,000 sold, Wii Fit Plus with the Wii Balance Board at No. 7 with more than 161,000 sold and Pokémon TM SoulSilver Version at No. 8 with more than 141,000 sold.
"These May results show that consumers are really responding to the value proposition of our new Wii configuration that now includes Wii Sports Resort and a Wii MotionPlus accessory," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "May also saw the launch of two great games: Super Mario Galaxy 2 for Wii and Picross 3D for Nintendo DS. They preface the steady drumbeat of big games for the second half of 2010 we announced at the E3 Expo that will keep fans engaged and having fun."
Nintendo launched Sin & Punishment TM : Star Successor for Wii on June 27. Other Wii games on the horizon include Metroid TM : Other M launching on Aug. 31, Samurai Warriors TM 3 on Sept. 27, Kirby's Epic Yarn TM and Wii Party TM this fall, and Donkey Kong Country TM Returns, FlingSmash TM and PokéPark TM Wii: Pikachu's Adventure for the holidays.
For the Nintendo DS family of systems, Nintendo launched 100 Classic Books on June 14. Dragon Quest ® IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies launches July 11, followed by Professor Layton and the Unwound Future TM on Sept. 20, Pokémon Ranger TM : Guardian Signs this fall and both Golden Sun TM : Dark Dawn and Mario vs. Donkey Kong TM : Mini-Land Mayhem for the holidays.
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