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PS3 outsells Xbox 360 in the US

But Nintendo still top of the pile.

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PlayStation 3 has surged ahead of Xbox 360 in the US this month, with over 20,000 more units sold.

According to NPD data for May, Sony shifted 208,700 consoles while Microsoft sold 186,000.

Despite the rush to pick up Grand Theft Auto IV, which finished top of the charts, Nintendo managed to thump its hardware competitors.

The Wii racked up an enormous 675,000 sales. The DS was in second, selling 452,600 units.

Nintendo was helped largely by games featuring a peripheral of some sort: Mario Kart with the Wii wheel, Wii Fit with the Balance Board and Wii Play with the Wiimote took two, three, and five, respectively.

Further down were the still-to-be-released-in-Europe Super Smash Bros. Brawl at seven and Guitar Hero III on Wii at eight.

The only games not for Nintendo platforms in the top 10 were Grand Theft Auto IV at one (Xbox 360) and four (PS3), and PS2 movie tie-in Iron Man on at seven.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Time for DS rounded that chart off at nine and 10, respectively.

Although not present in the top 10, Guitar Hero III continues to outsell Rock Band in the US - with 2.5 million lifetime sales to 1.3 million, respectively.

Total sales for the month, compared to last year, were up 37 per cent, hitting a whopping USD 1.12 billion.

Here's those hardware sales figures in full:

  1. Wii - 675,100
  2. Nintendo DS - 452,600
  3. PlayStation 3 - 208,700
  4. Xbox 360 - 186,600
  5. PSP - 182,300
  6. PS2 - 132,000

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