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The Nintendo 3DS was the best-selling dedicated video game platform last month according to the NPD figures this August. Apparently Nintendo didn’t release any numbers but it did outsell the Xbox 360 by 96,000 units and based on those figures, it does give us a general idea of how many Nintendo 3DS units were sold. This applies to the Wii U, as Nintendo didn’t share it’s totally sales. Regardless of how well the Wii U sold, Pikmin 3 on the other hand made it in the “top ten best-selling games in the United States in August, leaping in at number ten” and giving the Wii U a fighting chance.
“Video game sales grew a modest 1% over August 2012 as growth in software and accessories offset soft hardware sales as we near the launch of the Xbox One and PS4. Excluding January 2013, which was up due to an extra reporting week versus January 2012, the last time overall retail video game sales (hardware, software, and accessories) were up year over year was October 2011.”
“Video game retail software sales had their first positive month, up 23 percent, since November 2011. This was driven by the shift of Madden into the August data month and other launches such as Saints Row IV, Disney Infinity and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist. In fact, eight of the top ten games this month were launched in August.” He also noted that “collectively, August 2013 launches made up an astounding 58 percent of overall dollar sales for the month and 41 percent of units sales.”
– NPD analyst Liam Callahan