Microsoft: No Nintendo, Xbox is More Popular
Seemingly in disagreement with Nintendo's claims of one week ago, Microsoft issued a release late Tuesday citing data from The NPD Group that Xbox, not GameCube, had the best-selling console launch ever. Moreover, Microsoft states that "Halo" for Xbox is outselling "Luigi's Mansion," which Nintendo had crowned the most popular launch title to date. According to NPD, gamers are purchasing 2.4 games per Xbox sold, as opposed to 1.9 with each GameCube.
But at this point it may be impossible to deem a clear victor. The reports rely heavily on market data polled from select retailers, not hard numbers. Whatever the final tally may be however, it is clear both Microsoft and Nintendo pulled off record-breaking sales despite a dismal economic forecast. And perhaps most importantly, gamers cannot get enough of either console.