Sony was simultaneously the big winner and the big loser in the videogame console wars in March.
Electronics giant's PlayStation 3 continued to lag well behind Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii in North America, latest data from the NPD Group showed.
But rather than fade away now that its successor is on the market, the seven year-old PlayStation 2 sold 280,000 units last month, more than any of the three next gen consoles.
Wii led among the next-gen crowd with North American consumers buying 259,000 units, followed by Xbox 360 (199,000) and PS3 (130,000).
Strong sales for the PS2 were driven by "God of War II," the red hot videogame sequel available only for the PS2. Sony-published game sold 833,000 units in the two and a half weeks after its March 13 debut, immediately establishing it as a monster hit.
It's already the best selling game of the year, with nearly 200,000 more units than the No. 2 game, "Wii Play," which came out a month earlier.
While the PS3 continues to have problems...