NPD May 2008

Nintendo Wii 675.1k
Nintendo DS 452.6k
PlayStation 3 208.7k
Xbox 360 186.6k
PlayStation Portable 182.3k

1. Grand Theft Auto 4 (Take 2 Interactive, Xbox 360) – 871.3k
2. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii) – 787.4k
3. Wii Fit (Nintendo, Wii) – 687.7k
4. Grand Theft Auto 4 (Take 2 Interactive, PS3) – 442.9k
5. Wii Play (Nintendo, Wii) – 294.6k
6. Super Smash Bros Brawl (Nintendo, Wii) – 171.1k
7. Iron Man (Sega, PS2) – 130.6k
8. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Activision, Wii) – 116.8k
9. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness (Nintendo, Wii) – 107k
10. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time (Nintendo, Wii) – 102k

Nintendo’s Wii remained on top of the hardware charts in May. Sony’s PS3 managed to reclaim the #2 spot from Microsoft’s Xbox 360, but apparently Sony and Microsoft missed this memo the first 32 times, so it’s worth repeating: drop the damn prices already.

On the software side, GTA 4 remained dominant and is now the best selling game this year. Wii Fit had a decent launch, even if it clocked in lower than some may have anticipated. Mario Kart Wii continues to be strong, and Wii Play remains in the top where it’s been for over a year.

Looking ahead to June, we can probably expect the top 5 to remain onboard, while Metal Gear Solid 4 and Guitar Hero Aerosmith should launch strongly. It remains to be seen how the Guitar Hero franchise will perform in the portable market when Guitar Hero on Tour is released for the Nintendo DS.

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