Nintendo’s 3DS continues to do well for the company, as the latest sales figures confirm that the handheld was the top selling console on the market. Beating the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and PS Vita in August, the 3DS has been on a hot sales streak in recent months.
Microsoft said they sold around 96,000 Xbox 360 consoles in August, which was apparently better than the PlayStation 3 in North America for the 32nd consecutive month. As for home consoles go, both Nintendo’s Wii U and Sony’s PlayStation 3 have failed to topple Microsoft for almost three years.
While hardware sales have been tailing off in recent months, a big brightspot for the industry was a pickup in software sales in August. Last month saw the first year over year increase in retail sales since November 2011. This was helped largely in part to the release of Madden NFL 25, Saints Row 4, and Disney’s Infinity.
The sales of hardware however were down drastically. A forty percent decline in hardware sales ate up nearly all of the positive ground made by software on the retail side. Hardware should begin to pick up as we head into the holiday season. Microsoft and Sony both have consoles to release in November, and analysts predict that this will be the catalyst for a big rebound in sales across the board.
September will likely be a huge month for the video game industry, at least as far as software goes. FIFA 14 will release later this month, and Grand Theft Auto V is expected to sell like hotcakes.