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Nintendo Dominates March Sales

by Jonathan Metts - April 29, 2003, 6:30 pm EDT
Total comments: 9 Source: TRST Sales Data

Zelda and Pokemon come up big in the US.

The TRST market data for March (actually March 2nd through April 5th) is in, and Nintendo features prominently. The company took the top three software slots, with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker in first and Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire in second and third.

GameCube's market share grew from 18% in February to 22% in March, and its hardware sales since the beginning of 2003 have increased 48% over the same period last year. Total GameCube software sales of 2 million trump Xbox's 1.6 million for last month. The tie rate for each system so far this year is 9.8:1 for GameCube and 8.5:1 for Xbox. The overall tie ratios since launch are 12.1 for GameCube and 10.0 for Xbox. This means that GameCube owners are buying more games for their system.

Game Boy Advance also performed extremely well in March, with the release of the new Pokemon games and the upgraded GBA SP hardware. Game Boy games accounted for half of all software sales during the five-week period.

With 826,000 units sold in March, The Wind Waker is currently the best-selling game of 2003. The two Pokemon games sold a combined 1.2 million units.

Between GameCube and GBA, Nintendo took 58% of all hardware sales during March. The SP model accounted for 85% of all Game Boy Advance sales.

Finally, Nintendo has retaken its position as the #1 publisher in North America. It held 20% of the software market in March, compared to 12% for Electronic Arts and 8% for Sony, the second- and third-place publishers.


rpgloverApril 29, 2003

good ol' nintendo
always pulls through in the clutch with their big games
this looks really good for nintendo now as they did need a boost in hardware and software sales
i hope this all keeps up for nintendo but we shall see
i still think that the xbox is outselling the gc in the US by probably around 750,000 to 1 million units
hopefully nintendo can make a big jump

mjbdApril 29, 2003

Good news. Zelda wooped some major but. Its already sold well over a million units world wide. I would like to see how Cube is doing over in Europe, cause they have had a ton of releases lately. Zelda is gonna be a players choice title by time the holiday season rolls around. Its about time nintendo starts pushing the players choice thing a bit. Some commericals would be nice, letting people know what games can be picked up at a bargain price.

shadowApril 29, 2003

So I guess Nintendo has finally reclaimed there throne, but that was only the battle, time to finish off the WAR!

BlkPaladinApril 29, 2003

Now if they can keep this pace up by having a steller E3. Then maybe it will give developers a little more incentive to make decent ports to the machine.

GaimeGuyApril 29, 2003

So Zelda has already sold somewhere between 1.7 and 2 million copies, just in North America.

GaimeGuyApril 29, 2003

So Zelda has already sold somewhere between 1.7 and 2 million copies, just in North America.

BrianSLAApril 29, 2003

I don't want to throw water on your celebration guys but wasn't MARCH a very slow month for sales overall? Basically the PS2 and Xbox didn't have a big game out. What big PS2 / Xbox title came out in March? Nintendo BETTER have won MArch.

DjunknownApril 30, 2003

As mentioned above, Nintendo simply did some aggressive strategy in what is normally a slow time of the year. From the numbers, it appears they've reaped their rewards.

DavideoApril 30, 2003

what's the game ratio for ps2 owners? we see that Nintendo is 12 and xbox is 10.... what is PS2?

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