Nintendo Clear Winner in Second Quarter Game Shipments

Nintendo easily beat competition from Microsoft and Sony to ship more consoles and handhelds in the second quarter of the year, figures from all three companies show.

The company shipped 5.2 million of its Wii console during the April to June period -- that's well ahead of the 1.6 million PlayStation 3 consoles shipped by Sony and Microsoft's 1.3 million Xbox 360s. Sony's second-generation PlayStation 2 console continues to sell well thanks to its low price and Sony shipped 1.5 million of the units during the period beating out the Xbox 360.

Sales of software for the Wii totaled 40.4 million, again easily outclassing the PlayStation 3 at 22.8 million units and the PlayStation 2 at 19.3 million units. Microsoft does not announce software sales estimates for the Xbox 360.

In the handheld space the DS shipped 6.9 million [m], which is almost double the 3.7 million PlayStation Portable consoles shipped during the same period. Software sales for the DS were 36.6 million units while those for the PSP totaled 11.8 million units.

The figures were released by the companies when they announced their respective financial results over the last few days.

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