Thanks to Reuters for their report that last month's video game sales rose 4 percent from August 2002
, due in significant part to EA's Madden NFL 2004
, which "...sold 1.45 million units on the PS2 and 310,000 units on the Xbox in the month, generating sales of more than $86 million. Sales of Madden for GameCube were negligible."
There were new figures on hardware sales, too, as "PS2 sold 291,000 units in August to bring its installed base in the United States to 18.8 million, while... Xbox sold 144,000 units to rise to 5.8 million and... GameCube sold 100,000 units to 4.5 million."
Analysts suggested that PS2 sales "continue to lag behind expectations"
(1 million short of the 9.5 million hoped), and predicted that Nintendo will "...introduce their own bundle or price cut by the end of September"
(scanned early-October print ads for a major US retailer
have the GameCube at $99.)