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Wii Wins Hardware Battle Second Month Straight

Nintendo’s new home console Wii is once again the top selling console of the month. “We are still struggling to deliver the right numbers of hardware to cope with demand,” says Nintendo Europe’s senior marketing director Laurent Fischer. Despite the shortage, for the second straight month, Wii has outsold all hardware competition except for Nintendo DS, including Xbox 360, PS3, PS2 and PSP. “It’s astonishing to think that with six million we’re not able to fulfil the initial demand,” Fischer said, “…this is what happens when you reach an expanded audience and keep the regular gamers.”

1. DS – 485,000
2. Wii – 335,000
3. PS2 – 295,000
4. Xbox 360 – 228,000
5. PSP – 176,000
6. PS3 – 127,000

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On the software side Nintendo has reason to celebrate as well. The Wii, which still has a relatively small install base in America compared to its rivals (outside of the PS3), managed to claim three spots in the top 10 software charts – all of them first party. Diddy Kong Racing DS was also a Nintendo offering. Microsoft too has reason to be happy, as the Halo 3 beta packed Crackdown was the top selling game of the month. Four other Xbox 360 games made the top 10 for February 2007.

1. Crackdown (Xbox 360)
2. Wii Play (Wii)
3. Diddy Kong Racing (DS)
4. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
5. Guitar Hero 2 (PS2)
6. Gears of War (Xbox 360)
7. MLB 2K7 (Xbox 360)
8. Lost Planet (Xbox 360)
9. WarioWare: Smooth Moves (Wii)
10. NBA Street Homecourt (Xbox 360)