Nintendo Wii US sales 3x PS3, Xbox 360
Grand Theft Auto IV not shifting hardware
Nintendo's Wii has once again outsold the combined total of PlayStation 3s and the Xbox 360s purchased in the US last month.
So show the latest figures from local market watcher NPD. Its numbers reveal that some 675,000 Wiis were bought in May, compared to just 208,700 PS3s and 186,600 Xbox 360s.
US Console Sales 2008
The Wii total was down slightly on the previous couple of months. In March, it hit a peak of 721,000 units, well below the Christmas surge - in December, Nintendo sold 1,350,000 Wiis, but nonetheless well up on its average across the rest of 2007.
Wii Fit has clearly done it work. Interestingly, in the US at least, the debut of Grand Theft Auto IV led to no similar sales surge for either the PS3 or the 360. The Microsoft console hit a post-Christmas peak of 262,000 units in March, while the PS3 rose to 280,800 in February, but neither marks a significant jump over previous or succeeding months.
The game's selling well: 871,300 Xbox 360 units in the US in May and a further 442,900 of the PS3 version. Wii Fit managed 687,700 units and Mario Kart 787,700, according to NPD. Some 4.2m copies of GTA IV have been sold in the States, making it the most popular game of the year by far.
Re: PS3 doing well.
If I remember rightly (this was many years ago), in a meeting with Sony people, they were very proud of the fact that the original Playstation targeted outside of the "console" demographic, and had brought gaming to a far wider audience than just the console gamers of old.
The Wii is fantastic. Cross-platform titles such as Guitar Hero port fine to the Wii (even if the graphics are a bit duller), PES08 has the best control system of any football game to date (people who don't realise this just haven't played it for long enough to see the advanced controls), Wii Fit is great fun, and it will burn calories (it's fantastic even just for the snowboarding minigame), Mario Kart is fantastic too (it's the best version by far, and even the next-gen fanbois must admit that Mario Kart is one of the best games to come out of console land).
@ a couple of posters
@Sooty - "the wiifit will have targeted a group of people who would never normally get a console"
Or for that matter, would normally never get any exercise.
@Busted - "To dismiss the Wii as a novelty that soon wears off proves you don't own one."
Err, but there's where you're wrong. For just one example (of many) look at Adam Pocock's post, who owns one but also admits that it is a bit of a novelty and only gets turned on occasionally. In fact most people I know who also own a Wii feel the same way. I don't personally know anyone who has had one more than 6 months that still plays it on a regular basis, although I'm sure some people do. Whereas most 360/PS3 owners will give their consoles a regular dust-off regardless, either for watching DVD's or Blu-rays as well as gaming.
I'm not arguing about Nintendo being smart, as they got it exactly right. They marketed something which is almost irresistable from a novelty perspective, and then again with the Wii Fit. But to argue that it's not a novelty in any sense shows a bit of naivety.
GTA4 - Not a game worth buying a console for !
The fact that GTA 4 was pretty average probably had something to do with the fact that it didnt effect console game sales that much. Everyone bought the game under the hype it was going to be vastly superior to the last game. IMO the game is exactly the same and the only change is slightly better graphics and online play. A big disapointment !