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.

"Xbox sold out as soon as we launched, and we're selling systems as fast as we can produce them. More than 100,000 units a week are being delivered to retailers," said Microsoft's Chief Xbox Officer Robbie Bach. Similarly, Nintendo has planned for weekly shipments of 125,000 additional GameCubes through the holidays. Both companies expect to ship close to 1.5 million units by the end of the year.

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.

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