May’s American video game sales data from NPD is in, and like any month the past half year, it shows a clear pattern: people are eating up the Nintendo DS and Wii. Compared to May 2006, this May the total video game sales increased from $548 million by 48.7% to $815 million. At the same time total hardware sales increased from $191 million by 67.2% to $319 million.
Video game hardware overview:
* Nintendo DS: 423,150
* Nintendo Wii: 338,278
* Sony PSP: 221,120
* Sony PlayStation 2: 187,765
* Microsoft Xbox 360: 154,932
* Sony PlayStation 3: 81,604
* GameBoy Advance: 80,554
* Nintendo GameCube: 10,728
Video game software overview:
* PokÃ©mon Diamond (DS): 331,000
* Mario Party 8 (Wii): 314,000
* Spider-Man 3 (PS2): 249,000
* PokÃ©mon Pearl (DS): 238,000
* Wii Play w/remote (Wii): 227,000
* Forza Motorsport 2 (Xbox 360): 217,000
* Guitar Hero II w/guitar (Xbox 360): 184,000
* Spider-Man 3 (Xbox 360): 140,000
* Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (Xbox 360): 138,000
* Guitar Hero II w/guitar (PS2): 131,000
The Financial Times expects Sony’s games division to lose $488 million this year as PS3 sales have been lacklustre in Japan and the US, owing to its high price of about $600, and a small selection of software titles.
Howard Stringer, the chairman and chief executive of Sony, said they were trying to â€œrefineâ€ how much it could afford to cut the price of PlayStation 3 gaming consoles, saying there was â€œno questionâ€ consumers wanted the price to be lower. Some analysts expect Sony to cut prices by $100, down to $500, before the crucial Christmas sales period.