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Sony And Microsoft Sweat: Nintendo's Wii Rocket

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Research firm NPD says that Nintendo sold over 476,000 units of its new Wii platform in the US in November. Sony Playstation 3 sold 197,000 in the same period. Both were introduced mid-month. Microsoft Xbox, which was on sale for the entire month, sold 511,000.

The news is probably neutral for Xbox 360, which has not gotten off to a much better start than the original Xbox, but is holding its ground as Sony seems to be slipping.

The figures once again raise the question of when Playstation 3 sales will begin the sharp pick up that will keep the Sony platform in its traditional No. 1 position.

As the race progresses, coming from behind is going to become much more difficult.

Douglas A. McIntyre can be reached at He does not own securities in companies that he writes about.