It's time once again for our monthly dose of NPD sales numbers and for the second month in a row the Xbox 360 falls behind the PS3 in terms of hardware sales. Though, February's 254.6K Xbox 360 sales were only slightly lower than the PS3's 280.8K, so it wasn't a huge walloping. And, for the second month, Microsoft's excuse for lackluster hardware sales is due to hardware constraints and not being able to keep up with demand. A problem that should be rectified for March. Oh, and that console called the Wii ... 432K units sold. Ouch!

Hopping over to the software side of life, February was stellar for Xbox 360 games seeing five of the ten top spots. Among the big winners was Call of Duty 4, Devil May Cry 4 and our friends at Harmonix were finally able to break into the top ten with Rock Band selling 161.8K units. Click towards the break to get your fill of February NPD hardware and software sales and let's just hope March brings a turnaround. Otherwise we have a feeling the big guys in Redmond may be forced to do some North American price cutting to stay competitive and strike fear in the eyes of their enemies.

February NPD Hardware Sales
DS - 587.6K
Wii - 432K
PS2 - 351.8K
PS3 - 280.8K
Xbox 360 - 254.6K
PSP - 243.1K

February NPD Software Sales
1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - 360 - 296.2K
2. Devil May Cry 4 - 360 - 295.2K

3. Wii Play w/remote - Wii - 289.7K
4. Devil May Cry 4 - PS3 - 233.5K
5. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - Wii - 222.9K
6. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games - DS - 205.6K
7. Lost Odyssey - 360 - 203.6K
8. Turok - 360 -197.7K
9. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - PS2 - 183.8K
10. Rock Band - 360 - 161.8K

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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