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Xbox, Nintendo 3DS consoles see high sales numbers

Nintendo's 3DS hits the 5 million consoles sold mark, while Microsoft holds onto the No. 1 spot for sales.


Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's 3DS sales are going strong in the U.S., according to numbers the two companies released today.

The numbers, gathered by research company NPD Group, show Nintendo maintaining a 75 percent market share for portable hardware and Microsoft's Xbox holding onto the top spot for console sales.

This is Xbox's 18th consecutive month at No. 1, with its sales making up 47 percent of current-generation console sales, Jeff Meisner, editor of the Official Microsoft Blog posted today.

The sales equal 257,000 units sold in June with total retail spent on the Xbox platform reaching $272 million. Xbox's titles that landed in the top ten included "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier," "Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes," and "Max Payne 3" and "NBA 2K12." The company is at Comic-Con this week to promote "Halo 4" and "Gears of War."

For Nintentdo, the latest sold units of its Nintendo 3DS -- a portable console that lets users see 3D images -- is a cause of celebration. For the second month in a row, Nintendo held a 75 percent market share for portable hardware, according to a press release.

The company sold 155,000 Nintendo 3DS systems in June, which brings the number of units sold across the 5 million mark.

Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales and marketing, said the milestone proves that the 3DS is ready for to build on its success with new hardware and games.

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"The game lineup for Nintendo 3DS last holiday season was one of the strongest in our history," he said in the release. "We're poised to top it this year. Every week, gamers will have the best franchises in the world in a glasses-free 3D experience that can't be found anywhere else. Add Wii U into the mix and it's a great time to be a Nintendo fan."

The company is pushing its Nintendo 3DS XL, which features 90 percent larger screens, and "New Super Mario Bros. 2." Both are scheduled to launch on August 19.

Other Nintendo sales numbers from June included more than 150,000 units of the Nintendo DS family of systems and nearly 95,000 Wii consoles.