In what has proved to be the company’s best month, in terms of sales and positive press, for many years Nintendo’s Mario Kart
has topped the US sales chart and seen the GameCube almost outsell the PlayStation 2.
The company’s home console has easily outsold the Xbox in November and it now seems entirely likely that the GameCube could overtake the Xbox, in terms of US installed user base, before the release of Halo 2
– the Xbox’s next big triple A release.
Certainly this news will make Microsoft’s claim, that the Xbox is the second best selling console world-wide, seem all the more difficult to believe, since North America was previously seen as the format’s best performing market.
Hardware sales for 4th quarter of 2003 in North America:
Top ten selling video games in US for November 2003:
|Rank ||Console ||Sales ||Installed Base |
|1 ||Game Boy Advance ||1,724,000 ||17,633,000 |
|2 ||PlayStation 2 ||1,149,000 ||20,288,000 |
|3 ||GameCube ||1,008,000 ||5,702,000 |
|4 ||Xbox ||667,000 ||6,669,000 |
The NPD Group/NPD Funworld®/TRSTS®
|TM ||LM ||Title ||Publisher ||Format ||Release Date |
|1 ||NE ||Mario Kart: Double Dash!! ||Nintendo ||GC ||Nov. 03 |
|2 ||NE ||Medal of Honor: Rising Sun ||EA ||PS2 ||Nov. 03 |
|3 ||NE ||Final Fantasy X-2 ||Square Enix ||PS2 ||Nov. 03 |
|4 ||NE ||Grand Theft Auto Double Pack ||Take-Two ||Xb ||Nov. 03 |
|5 ||NE ||SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs ||THQ ||PS2 ||Nov. 03 |
|6 ||NE ||Need for Speed: Underground ||EA ||PS2 ||Nov. 03 |
|7 ||6 ||Tony Hawk's Underground ||Activison ||PS2 ||Oct. 03 |
|8 ||NE ||True Crime: Streets of L.A. ||Activison ||PS2 ||Nov. 03 |
|9 ||4 ||Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 ||Nintendo ||GBA ||Oct. 03 |
|10 ||3 ||Madden NFL 2004 ||EA ||PS2 ||Aug. 03 |