Speaking of double-winners, Microsoft's Halo 3 was the year's top title, selling 4.82 million units. Call of Duty came in second at 3.04 million units.
Oh, and Guitar Hero did $820 million at U.S. retail in 2007, which NPD says is a record for any single franchise in one year.
Needless to say, Nintendo is doing a fair amount of crowing, and we'll likely hear the same from Microsoft. As far as Sony is concerned, well, at least it won that Blu-ray vs. HD DVD thing.
In a release just emailed to me from Nintendo tonight, “By the end of 2007 we were sold out of virtually all hardware, and much of our stock of software and accessories was sold out as well," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales & marketing. “And that momentum continues here in the early weeks of 2008.”
Nintendo claims its products accounted for 52 percent of all hardware sales in 2007, more than all other competitors combined. Pretty staggering stuff.
Bottomline for Microsoft: Xbox, despite those early losses in the billions, and the billion-dollar charge in Summer 2007 to extend warranties because of Xbox 360 problems, finally seems to have a winner on its hands.
I thought Sony had an uphill climb ahead of it. NPD's figures confirm it.
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