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PS3 Beats Xbox 360 in USA Christmas Sales

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Sony’s PS3 has outsold the Xbox 360 in the core market of the US this Christmas, a major coup for Sony as it tussles with Microsoft for the much coveted status of being the losers in second place.

The sales for 11/29/09 – 1/2/10, as reported by NPD:

PlayStation 3 – 1.36M

Xbox 360 – 1.31M

Nintendo DS – 3.31M

PSP – 654.7K

Wii – 3.81M

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Not entirely surprisingly, Nintendo’s Wii easily manages to exceed the combined sales of both PS3 and Xbox 360, although looking at the top selling games for the Christmas period rather affirms the notion that the Wii is operating in a completely different market:

1. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii – Nintendo, Nov-09) 2.82m

2. Wii Fit Plus (Wii – Nintendo, Oct-09) 2.41m

3. Wii Sports Resort (Wii – Nintendo,Jul-09) 1.79m

4. Modern Warfare 2 (360- Blizzard, Nov-09) 1.63m

5. Modern Warfare 2 (PS3 – Blizzard, Nov-09) 1.12m

6. Wii Play (Wii – Nintendo – Feb-07) 1.01m

7. Mario Kart (Wii – Nintendo, Apr-08) 936.1k

8. Assassin’s Creed II (360 – Ubisoft, Nov-09) 783.1k

9. Left 4 Dead 2 (360 – EA, Nov-09) 728.5k

10. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (DS – Nintendo, Sep-09) 656.7k

Overall the US games industry is said to have experienced the most lucrative holiday period ever, up 4% on the previous year, though overall annual sales were down 8% on the previous year in spite of this.

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