They are easily the most anticipated numbers of the year by Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony: NPD's year-end sales figures for the video games industry. And what a story they tell.
NPD reports tonight a record $17.94 billion was spent on non-PC game hardware, software and accessories; a staggering 43 percent better than 2006.
But the real story is how much of a gap Nintendo and Microsoft continue to build against Sony's Playstation 3. NPD says Sony sold 2.56 million PS3's last year in the U.S., compared to a whopping 6.29 million Nintendo Wii's, and 4.62 million XBox 360's from Microsoft.