Will Nintendo ever outsell Sony and Microsoft on a monthly basis? That was the question posed by the Seattle Times to Reggie Fils-Amie, president of Redmond-based Nintendo of America. “You know, it’s going to be very interesting to see the NPD data [on U.S. sales] for June,” he replied, suggesting the Wii U would get a massive boost from Mario Kart 8 and E3.
Well we don’t have the June NPD data Reggie, but May has just been released and although you’ve had a hike in sales, you’re still in third place. PlayStation 4 was the bestselling console for the fifth month in a row. “May 2014’s hardware growth was due to Xbox One and PS4,” notes NPD analyst Liam Callahan, “but there was also year-over-year growth for the Wii U and PS Vita.”
If we factor in the hand held consoles then the news is a little better for Nintendo with the 3DS grabbing second place, but still trailing behind the PlayStation 4.
The Vita has had a boost thanks to Borderlands 2 and the redesigned console, whilst Mario and chums helped the Wii U improve. It is good news for Nintendo on games sales, Mario Kart 8 took second place, beaten to the chequered flag by Watch Dogs. Sony claimed third place with MLB 14: The Show and The Amazing Spiderman 2 took sixth, proving that movie licenses can still be an excuse for Activision to print money.
By the way, it’s very interesting how the business news is reporting the data, almost every site I have checked, including Bloomberg and BWO, use the headline “Sony Beats Microsoft in Console Sales for Fifth Month”.