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Wii, GTA IV Dominate April 2008

The month of April was good for at least one video game hardware manufacturer. Nintendo celebrated a second straight month of sales above 700,000 for the Wii. The system is posting holiday-like sales in the middle of spring as two blockbuster titles launched in March and April: Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Mario Kart Wii. For all of its chest thumping over selling 10 million Xbox 360’s in the United States, Microsoft only managed 4th place and 1,000 units ahead of PlayStation 3. The Wii meanwhile is set to reach the 10 million mark this month, a full 12 months ahead of Microsoft, which had a one year head start. Here are the April 2008 sales in the U.S.:

1. Wii – 714,000
2. Nintendo DS – 415,000
3. PlayStation Portable – 193,000
4. Xbox 360 – 188,000
5. PlayStation 3 – 187,000
6. PlayStation 2 – 124,000

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While it was Nintendo that saw hardware domination, GTA IV was the software winner of the month. Combined, the game sold 2.85 million on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Mario Kart Wii continued the streak of successful first party software on the system, posting sales of over 1 million units. Super Smash Bros. Brawl, having launched in March to sales of 2.7 million, posted another 326,000 for the month of April. That’s over 3 million units sold in the United States in the game’s first two months.

1. Grand Theft Auto IV (Xbox 360) – 1.85M
2. Mario Kart Wii – 1.12M
3. Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3) – 1M
4. Wii Play (Wii) – 360,000
5. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii) – 326,000
6. Gran Turismo 5: Prologue (PS3) – 224,000
7. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness (DS) – 202,000
8. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time (DS) – 202,000
9. Guitar Hero III (Wii) – 152,000
10. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360) – 141,000