Sony has topped the console sales market for the first time in eight years, beating struggling Nintendo by over two million units.

For the fiscal year to March, Sony sold 18.7 million consoles, while Nintendo sold 16.3 million, according to Nikkei Business Daily (reported by Yahoo! Finance).

The last time Sony topped the console market was back in March 2006, before poor PS3 numbers caused the company to fall behind Nintendo thanks to strong Wii and DS sales.

Nikkei added it expected Sony to hold on to top spot as Nintendo has few noteworthy releases planned for the rest of the year.

Microsoft also enjoyed a sales bump thanks to the launch of the Xbox One, with an 11 per cent increase bringing the company's total to 11.6 million.

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