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God of War II rules Canada

by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

The latest Canadian video game industry data from NPD Group is out and it looks like the big winners are Sony (sort of) and Nintendo.

Sony took the top spot in software sales in March, and its last-generation PlayStation 2 console took the No. 1 spot for units sold in the first quarter of 2007.

Nintendo's Wii console took the No. 2 slot for the most hardware units sold in Q1, and topped the rankings for the most revenue generated. The bad news for Sony: its new PlayStation 3 was dead last in unit sales, coming in at No. 7, but managed to take third place in terms of revenue.

MARCH 2007 SOFTWARE SALES

  1. God of War II (Sony, PlayStation 2)
  2. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (Ubisoft, Xbox 360)
  3. Motorstorm (Sony, PlayStation 3)
  4. Guitar Hero 2 (Activision, Xbox 360)
  5. Diddy Kong Racing (Nintendo, DS)
  6. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Take 2, PlayStation 2)
  7. Spectrobes (Disney, Nintendo DS)
  8. God of War (Sony, PlayStation 2)
  9. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo, DS)
  10. Crackdown (Microsoft, Xbox 360)
  11. Nintendo Play with remote (Nintendo, Wii)
  12. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo, Wii)
  13. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 (Electronic Arts, Wii)
  14. Def Jam Icon (Electronic Arts, Xbox 360)
  15. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks, PlayStation 3)
  16. Gears of War (Microsoft, Xbox 360)
  17. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo, GameCube)
  18. Mario Kart (Nintendo, DS)
  19. Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters (Sony, PSP)
  20. NHL 07 (Electronic Arts, PlayStation 2


In the first three months of the year, overall hardware unit sales totaled about 400,000, up 75 per cent over the same period a year earlier. Consoles were about 65 per cent of the total, up 92 per cent; and portables such as the Nintendo DS and Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) were the remaining 35 per cent, up 51 per cent.

In dollar terms, total hardware revenue was up 103 per cent to $99.5 million. Console revenue was up 128 per cent while portable hardware revenue was up 46 per cent.


HARDWARE RANKINGS BY UNITS SOLD, Q1 2007

  1. Sony PlayStation 2
  2. Nintendo Wii
  3. Nintendo DS
  4. Microsoft Xbox 360
  5. Sony PSP
  6. Nintendo GameBoy
  7. Sony PlayStation 3


HARDWARE RANKINGS BY REVENUE, Q1 2007

  1. Nintendo Wii
  2. Microsoft Xbox 360
  3. Sony PlayStation 3
  4. Sony PlayStation 2
  5. Nintendo DS
  6. Sony PSP
  7. Nintendo Gameboy

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