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NPD: DS takes 86% of handheld market

Nintendo dominates portable sales during May

Nintendo's DS console claimed over 86 per cent of the handheld hardware market in the US during the month of May.

The data comes from Nintendo, which sold over 383,000 units during the month, according to numbers from the NPD Group.

Hardware units sales for all three home consoles were flat for the month, but revenues were down 20 per cent due to lower prices. However, Wii sales still beat Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with over 334,000 units 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," commented Cammie Dunaway, NOA 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.."

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