Nintendo sold 2.15 million Wiis and 3.04 million portable DSs in December as consumers continued buying game systems despite the cratering economy. The U.S. sales figures show a 59 percent increase in Wii sales from December 2007. Microsoft sold 1.44 million Xbox 360s, up 14 percent from December 2007. The Sony PlayStation 3, the most expensive console of the three, actually did show signs of the slowing economy. Sales decreased 9 percent in December to 726,000 units, according to data released this afternoon by The NPD Group.
The industry as a whole grew 9 percent in December and 19 percent for all of 2008. Total industry sales reached $21.33 billion, the most ever recorded.
The top 10 software titles, by U.S. sales, in 2008 were:
Nintendo Wii Play with Remote: 5.28 million
Nintendo Wii Mario Kart with Wheel: 5.00 million
Nintendo Wii Fit with Balance Board: 4.53 million
Nintendo Wii Super Smash Bros.: Brawl: 4.17 million
Xbox 360 Grand Theft Auto IV: 3.29 million
Xbox 360 Call of Duty: World at War: 2.75 million
Xbox 360 Gears of War 2: 2.31 million
PlayStation 3 Grand Theft Auto IV: 1.89 million
Xbox 360 Madden NFL 09: 1.87 million
Nintendo DS Mario Kart: 1.65 million