PlayStation 4 Tops Gaming Hardware Sales in November, but Game Sales Are Way Down

Sony wins the first round. Sort of.
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Buying a Videogame Console on Black Friday? Here’s What You Need to Know.

A buyer’s guide to the deals you can get — and the differences among the game consoles — for anyone partaking in America’s consumerist holiday.
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Nintendo 2DS Invites New Gamers to Play at an Affordable Price

The Nintendo 2DS isn’t the prettiest, fastest, or most-advanced gaming handheld, but it’s a good option for young kids and the budget-conscious.
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Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS Still Top-Sellers, Says NPD

The best-selling gaming consoles in the U.S. are still the Nintendo 3DS and the Xbox 360, according to the NPD research group. For Nintendo, it’s the fourth consecutive month of being the number one overall video game platform, with 6.47 million 3DSes sold so far in 2013, the company said in a press release. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is now in its 32nd consecutive month leading console sales, moving 96,000 units in August.

Nintendo Lowers Wii U Price to $300, Takes the “3D” Out of 3DS With New 2DS Model

Nintendo’s 3DS handheld device was just ranked the top-selling game system in the U.S. Now the company is introducing a cheaper one.
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Google Play Skates Into Second Place in Mobile Gamer Spending, Past Nintendo and Sony’s Handhelds

iOS is still in first place by a considerable margin, though.
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PlayStation 4 Will Be Released on November 15, Xbox One Release Date Still MIA

What you need to know from Sony’s and Microsoft’s Gamescom press conferences.
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NPD: Nintendo 3DS Tops Gaming Hardware Sales for Third Straight Month

Nintendo’s handheld console, the 3DS, outsold all other videogame hardware in the U.S. for the past three months, according to the NPD Group’s retail report for July. The 3DS’s sales are up 14 percent year over year, attributed to new system-seller titles like Animal Crossing: New Leaf. That increase is an anomaly amid overall continued decline in gaming hardware, software and accessories, as gamers await the “next-gen” rollout this holiday season. Among home consoles, the Xbox 360 continues to be No. 1 in sales, according to the report.

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NPD: Nintendo 3DS Was the Best-Selling Video Game System in the U.S. in June

Nintendo sold 225,000 units of its portable game console, the Nintendo 3DS, in June. That’s according to market research firm NPD, which called the 3DS the best-selling video game system in the U.S. that month. Its main competitor in gaming-specific handhelds is Sony’s PlayStation Vita, which has historically lagged behind the 3DS in sales. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sold 140,000 units in June, while Sony has not disclosed how many PS3s it moved.

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Nintendo Says 3DS-Exclusive Games Are Selling Better Than They Were Last Year

One P.S. to that IDC/App Annie report from this morning: Mobile games may be pulling in more money than those on “gaming-optimized handhelds,” but Nintendo doesn’t want you to count it out yet. The company said in a press release that games made exclusively for its most recent handheld device, 2011’s Nintendo 3DS, sold twice as well in the first four months of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. It took 18 weeks to sell two million units of “first-party software” for the 3DS, vs. 30 weeks last year, according to the press release.

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