Late Night Consoling

Well, there's hardly any LNC-specific news today, but look at all the stuff on that front page! These NPD numbers should cause quite a stir, though.
  • Nintendo hardware, Crackdown top February sales in US

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    February sales figures for the United States video game industry were released today by tracking firm NPD, and the results saw Nintendo topping the hardware charts while Realtime Worlds' Crackdown (X360) headed up software. On the hardware side, Nintendo DS overcame its January supply problems to move an impressive 485,149 units. Nintendo also took the second slot, with last month's number one selling console, Wii, selling 335,000. PlayStation 2 again kept a strong position in the market, selling 295,000. Next was Xbox 360 with 228,000. Sony's PSP came in at number five with 176,000. Rather remarkably, Nintendo's Game Boy Advance managed to outsell Sony's PlayStation 3, which took the last position among the current major home and portable consoles. GBA moved 136,000 units, topping PS3's 127,000. Finally, GameCube managed to scrape up 24,000 sales, with Xbox taking 480.

    Crackdown topped off the software charts, followed by Nintendo's Wii Play with Wii Remote (Wii). Next up was Rare's Diddy Kong Racing (NDS), followed by Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii). Harmonix's Guitar Hero II for PlayStation 2 was number five, followed by Epic's Gears of War (X360). Kush Games' Xbox 360 version of MLB 2K7 came in at number seven. Capcom's Lost Planet (X360) was number eight, and Intelligent Systems' WarioWare: Smooth Moves number nine. Finally, EA Canada's Xbox 360 version of NBA Street Homecourt rounded out the top ten.

    Nintendo sent along a press release pointing out that today's results saw Nintendo represent a chunky 54% of all February hardware sales in the United States. Overall, Nintendo was the top publisher this month in terms of financial market share, followed respectively by Electronic Arts, Activision, Microsoft, Take-Two, and Sony.

  • Halo 3 shipping in September?

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    Prevailing assumption has been that Bungie Studios' inevitable juggernaut Halo 3 would hit Xbox 360 this November; after all, both prior Halo games have shipped during the month of November. This week, however, various outlets have published tidbits suggesting the game might come a couple of months sooner. Speaking in a 1UP interview, Microsoft Game Studios' Shane Kim pointed out, "In September of 2004 we released Fable, Fable got big sales and then in November got big sales again. I just believe great titles can get the double bump and I think Halo 3 is going to be that."

    The resulting speculation was bolstered today when IGN published a report that it had been contacted by a studio "close with Bungie" and leaked the September release period. Microsoft has not commented on the rumors, instead sticking to its official fall 2007 date.

Misc. Media/Previews

Xbox/X360

Screenshots: Culdcept Saga (X360).

Multi

Movies: Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars (X360, unidentified handheld platform).

Console Game Of The Evening [Submit Yours!]

Track and Field for the NES. "We were "running" (pounding) that matt so hard, my friends mother's antique china feel off the wall, and almost cut our feet." (submitted by uh dead)