Video Game Sales Rise 20 Percent

Last month video game sales jumped up 20 percent, a sharp increase over previous months. The reason for such a spike in the video game market? Nintendo. With the release of new Pokemon games and Wii sales still going strong, Nintendo took the lead for April, selling 360,000 Wii units to 14-year-olds around the country.

Sony and Microsoft also contributed to the $839 million worth of hardware and games sold, but not as much as Nintendo. Sony sold 82,000 PS3s, while Microsoft dished out 174,000 Xbox 360s. With the launch of Halo 3 coming up, expect to see sales of the 360 rise dramatically in September. Also, Guitar Hero II sold 197,000 copies for the 360 and 142,000 copies for PS2, which makes it one of the most popular games on the market. Looks like April was the month to be in the video game industry.

April video game sales rose 20 percent [Washington Post]