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Microsoft's Xbox 360 console outsold the Nintendo Wii U in the month of January, according to a report from the NPD Group.
The report also showed that Microsoft sold a total of 281,000 units for the month of January and that the Xbox 360 has been the best selling console for 25 consecutive months.
This is disappointing news for Nintendo, who launched the Wii U console as a successor to the original Wii at the end of last year. Microsoft launched the Xbox 360 back in 2005 and has enjoyed tremendous success with the system, and the fact that it is outselling a new console shows its staying power.
Microsoft is expected to launch the successor to the Xbox 360 sometime this year.
Nintendo recently tried to stir up a buzz for the Wii U by announcing that two new Mario games and a remake of "The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker" are currently in the works for the Wii U console.
The company's president Satoru Iwata recently issued an apology to Nintendo fans for the slow roll out of games for the Wii U and promised some new exciting titles for the future.
"Based on our software development schedules at the end of last year, we concluded we should spend a little more time to satisfy our Nintendo standard of quality," he said. "I apologize to those supporting Wii U about the lack of new titles from Nintendo in January and February but please understand we will have new titles to offer from March onward."
Along with the two new Mario games, Iwata stated that Nintendo is working on a new Zelda game and a new Yoshi game as well as the follow up to Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Nintendo hopes to boost the interest in the Wii U by announcing these new games. The console has only sold 890,000 units since its launch in October. The company feels its slow movement can be attributed to the lack of new games rolling out. Nintendo also delayed some of the most highly anticipated titles including "Game & Wario," "The Wonderful 101." Wii Fit U," and "Pikmin 3."