Nintendo Sells More Than 650,000 Hardware Units in the U.S. in July

Nintendo sold more than 650,000 video game systems in July – more than any other company – according to the independent NPD Group, which tracks sales of video game products in the United States. The Nintendo DS family of systems sold nearly 400,000 in July, and Nintendo’s Wii console marked its 45th consecutive month of more than 250,000 units sold with July sales of nearly 254,000. These tallies bring the 2010 U.S. sales totals through the end of July for Nintendo DS to more than 3.4 million and Wii to more than 2.71 million.

Five of the top 10 best-selling games of July play on Nintendo systems. These include Super Mario Galaxy 2 for Wii at No. 4 with more than 192,000 sold, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 for Nintendo DS at No. 5 with nearly 142,000 sold, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 for Wii at No. 7 with more than 133,000 sold, DRAGON QUEST IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies for Nintendo DS at No. 8 with more than 132,000 sold and New Super Mario Bros. Wii at No. 9 with more than 128,000 sold.

Exclusive games for both Wii and Nintendo DS this fall and holiday season from both Nintendo and its third-party publishers demonstrate Nintendo’s commitment to provide unique game experiences that are only available on Nintendo platforms.

Some Wii-exclusive games on the horizon include Metroid: Other M launching on Aug. 31, Samurai Warriors 3 on Sept. 27, Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Wii Party this fall, and Donkey Kong Country Returns, FlingSmash and PokéPark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure for the holidays. Upcoming third-party Wii games include New Carnival Games from 2K Play, NBA JAM from EA Sports, GoldenEye 007 from Activision, Just Dance 2 from Ubisoft, Disney Epic Mickey from Disney Interactive Studios and Sonic Color from SEGA.

For the Nintendo DS family of systems, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future launches on Sept. 12, Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs this fall and both Golden Sun: Dark Dawn and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem for the holidays. Some top third-party games coming this fall include Super Scribblenauts from Warner Bros. and Rock Band 3 from Electronic Arts/MTV.