The dream team

The monstrous machines at the NPD Group have crunched the numbers for July and spat out an unsurprising statistic: Nintendo sold more hardware than its competition.

Shifting 400,000 DS machines and 254,000 Wii consoles, the company outsold Microsoft and Sony comfortably, though with 440,000 units sold of the Xbox 360 Microsoft came out on top with the biggest-selling single console, with Sony trailing behind on a combined 300,000 for its PS3 and PSP consoles.

Whilst not claiming the top-selling game for software, Super Mario Galaxy 2 came in at number two, shifting over 192,000 copies across the month, with plumbing companion New Super Mario Bros. Wii coming in at number nine with 128,000.

On the handheld front, Lego Harry Potter: Years 1 to 4 was the big cheese for DS, with sales of nearly 142,000, edging just ahead of Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies with 132,000 copies sold.

All told, a very busy month for Nintendo fans.