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PS4 Wins June Sales; Wii U Up 233% Over Last Year; Xbox One Still A Mystery
The NPD results for June have come in and the PlayStation 4 continues to dominate the sales charts. While numbers are hard to come by for the hardware figures, we do know a few things based on stats made available from a collection of sources.
We start off with the Wii U, which according to Nintendo Everything managed to move 140,000 units in the month of June. That's up 233% over what it did during last year during the same period, where the console was barely moving that amount over the course of three months.
Thanks to the bustling sales of Mario Kart 8 which is moving strong units not just in the U.S., but also in Japan and even bolstering big numbers in the U.K., too the Wii U is back in the running. The console almost managed to top the portable 3DS, which moved 150,000 units throughout June in North America alone.
According to GamePur, Mario Kart 8 shifted an extremely impressive 450,000 units throughout June, and it managed to become the top-selling game on a single platform for the month, even surpassing Watch Dogs on the PlayStation 4.
Nintendo of America executive vice president of sales and marketing Scott Moffitt commented about the news saying...
These results reinforce the power of the Mario Kart franchise and speak to a bright future for the Wii U platform," "History has shown that Mario Kart games tend to have an extremely long tail. We fully expect Mario Kart 8 to continue to drive momentum for our hardware and software business through the holidays and into the foreseeable future."
Despite the massive turnaround for Nintendo's console, it still wasn't enough to thwart Sony's equally massive momentum for the PlayStation 4. The console still turned out to be the number one selling console in the U.S., for the sixth consecutive month in a row, and it doesn't appear that things will change around any time soon so long as new games keep dropping and the company continues to offer great deals and services at affordable prices.
Sony also released a statement noting that the PS4 was the lead sales platform for Watch Dogs, FIFA 14 and EA Sports UFC.
According to GameSpot, Microsoft retaliated by mentioning that the Xbox One has sold twice as much during June than what it did in May. According to some estimates, that puts it just above the Wii U at approximately 154,000 units.
While official press release numbers are usually skewed for marketing purposes, VGChartz estimates that the Wii U is currently at 6.6 million for its install base, while the PS4 rests at 8.4 million and the Xbox One is in third-place at 4.8 million.
Those numbers seem about right given that Nintendo mentioned previously that they had an install base of 6.17 million, Microsoft noted that they had only shipped 5 million SKUs in to retailers and Sony has been mum after announcing that they had hit 7 million. I presume we'll get another announcement from Sony when they hit 10 million, which is the magic mark or the safety zone for a console's install base to move moderate exclusive first, second and third-party software.
(Main image courtesy of Product Reviews)
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