Wii tops US July console sales chart
Outsells PS3 and Xbox 360 combined
Nintendo shifted 425,000 Wii consoles in the US in July, 11.3 per cent more than it did in June and way more than Microsoft and Sony together managed with the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, the latest market stats reveal.
The numbers come from market watcher NPD, which recorded Xbox sales of 170,000 and, coming up close, PS3 sales of 159,000 last month. The PS3 numbers were up more than 59 per cent month on month, undoubtedly thanks to Sony's decision to cut the price of the console.
Still, both consoles have a long way to go to reach the kind of business Nintendo is doing with the Wii, which in July outsold even the DS, the handheld scoring shipments of 405,000, according to NPD.
With Nintendo taking the top two slots in the chart, Sony can at least console itself with the third and fourth positions, taken by the PS2 and the PSP, respectively. They sold 222,000 and 214,000 units. The upcoming September PSP redesign may help Sony's numbers then.
Microsoft's 170,000 Xbox 360 shipments left it in fifth place, one up on the PS3. Nintendo's GameBoy Advance, shifting 87,000 units, took the rear.
IOur IT group just been to lunch at a Black forest restarant, to round off the week - they were advertising "neue Wii".
Imagine our disappointment as techies to find they were refering to the local 2007 vintage.
Worse still, it would have been only half-fermented, and they didn't have any in yet.
we'll see in next year or two years
it will be interesting when the 360 and ps3 come down to the same price of wii or cheaper, people would be stupid to buy wii over a ps3 or 360 it they are around £150-£200. though i do like wii, but to me its only a party console nothing more yet. though meteriod could change that.
Wii = dirt cheap toy for kids and the family, and it's pretty awsome for that, plus it's brand name so the kind of thing parents will buy kids, it was always going to win a numbers war.
360 = Came out first, reasonably priced, but does it have endurance? A few "good" games (I say good, not my cup of tea to be honest - it does have Idolmaster and DOA4 however you can only get one over here and the other will never be regonalised, and if it is they'll replace all the j-pop with pop and it wont be worth playing). Also has the advantage of being a media centre.
PS3 = Over engineered with no games yet, and darn expensive. However we have to remember something about this old dog, the west isn't its real market, they have some truely beutiful games being released in Japan that will probably never see the light of day over here (one by leaf and aquaplus that is just delicious.) I think in the long run it'll have endurance, and as much as you all like to declare "victors" in the console "war" number of base units shipped is only one metric. The second more important metric is games shipped.
Now when do you think the last Japanese Dreamcast game was made and released? Hmmm any takers? Well it was 2005, however they did relaunch it in a modest fashion.
Infact this month in another mag, Japanese releases *grabs another mag* there are 13 Nintendo DS games, 18 360 games (my god one is de capo O.O) 12 ps3 games 2 psp games (one is snowT_T) and 22 ps2 games and a gundam game on the Wii
Now those are by no means the only games being released just the number of games that one mag has on it's release list (and no it's not a sony mag it's a bishounen mag.) What I'm getting at is that the real money is made in the long unglamerous tail of games sales. And Japan has a very long tail indeed continuing many years after a console stops it's production run. Mainly becouse then you're allowed to release more dodgy games on the console as the companies get a bit more relaxed about the rules.
Nintendo, bless its cottons, doesn't have much of a tail (except where the gameboy is conscerned), but we will see, it's all about games kids, who can move the most, having the most machines helps but it sure isn't the whole kit and kabudle. It's about howmuch money you can exploit out of those machines.
It's not the hardware...
It's the games.
Wii's games have massive market appeal, and Nintendo has always been very good with quality control/content (some NES titles were poor, mostly film tie-ins, and that will probably continue if the Pirates of the Caribbean game I bought in the hope of Wii-mote driven swashbuckling is any example).
Likewise I now consider Bioshock to be a good reason to get a 360, though I prefer the PS3 as a bit of hardware - my Elite is intrusively loud.
If you look at the marketshare of the main consoles; gameplay is what is driving them. Wii, 360 and PS3, roughly in that order, and this reflects the quality of the gaming experience available and the breadth of the market appeal for the various games. PS2 had the market with Singstar and EyeToy, but the PS3 has been slow to maintain this momentum. Singstar PS3? Still not out.
PS2 was also a bit of a sleeper; had it been launched without the PS1's success and 3DO's demise, it may well have failed. PlayStation's post '95 dominance and the relatively flat gameplay experience allowed the developers time to get up to speed with the hardware - Xbox introduced competition and 360 was quite a jump in power, but developers seem to have been able to work well with it - PS3 doesn't have the luxury of being viewed as an evolutionary step, or a lack of serious competition, and the frequent reports of developer woes combine with a lack of visible titles in the shops to make the PS3 a choice for hardware/technology enthusiasts, and not casual gamers.
Ok who is Williams and why is he so pissed of at the "hardcore gamers".
2nd, Nintendo has always been about simple and clean fun. If you want realism and high def go with MS or Sony.
This whole argument is pointless, its like economy car owners laughing at truck owners because trucks use a lot of gas. A truck does what a truck does well and an economy car does what it does well. End of story.