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NPD April 2010: Nintendo pleased with being tops

Friday, 14th May 2010 00:43 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Nintendo has responded to tonight’s NPD figures for April, and it seems very pleased with DS coming out tops on the hardware charts.

Nintendo hardware consisted of 60 percent of overall unit sales, with DS moving 440.8K systems, and Wii landing at number two on the charts with  277.2K units moved.

According to NPD’s Anita Frazier, the DS is closing in on the PS2 as the “best-selling hardware system of all time”.

Six of the top ten games on the software charts for April were for Nintendo systems, including Pokemon Soul/Silver, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, okémon HeartGold,  Wii Sports Resort with Wii MotionPlus, Just Dance by Ubisoft, and Wii Fit Plus with the Wii Balance Board.

“Consumers recognize the unprecedented combination of value and fun offered by Nintendo game systems,” said NOA VP Cammie Dunaway, “but including even more hardware and software with every Wii system should drive consumer interest even higher.”

The company expects sales of Wii in May to be fruitful, what with the basic Wii package in North America that hit on May 9, that includes the console, a Wii Remote and Nunchuk along with a copy of Wii Sports Resport and WMP.

It also expects consumers to be pleased with new offering of a black Wii, which of course, remains priced at $199.99 like the original model.

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