Nintendo: PS3 rules Europe, Xbox tops US
Nintendo told investors last night that Sony's PlayStation 3 is leading the race in European console adoption, with the number of units snapped up exceeding sales of its own 3DS handheld, as well as those of Microsoft's Xbox 360.
The company's data, revealed at a Ninty investor conference this week, shows Sony sold between 50,000 and 100,000 units for each week in 2012. The 3DS lags behind with between 30,000 and 50,000 units, while Xbox 360 rocks up in third, despite leading the way at one point earlier this year.
Microsoft's machine has averaged less than 50,000 units since February.
Source: Nintendo. Data Source: Mediacreate
The Japanese market is a different story, with the 3DS dominating the popularity chart.
Over there it sells between 65,000 and 120,000 units a week, while the PS3 amassed just 70,000 at its peak. The Xbox 360 console is unpopular to say the least, barely registering on the graph.
Source: Nintendo. Data Source: NPD
In the US, of course, the tables are turned, and the Xbox 360 leads the pack with between 65,000 and 100,000 weekly unit sales. The PS3 sits in second peaking at 90,000, and the 3DS is playing catchup with between 40,000 and 70,000 sales.
The Japanese firm has high hopes that its forthcoming Wii U console will boost the company's fortunes and take total units of Wii consoles sold beyond the 10m mark for the fiscal year ahead.
Nintendo top dog Satoru Iwata also revealed that those expecting Wii U launch dates and pricing at E3 2012 will be left disappointed, as the company has no plans to reveal such information yet. ®
however in UK
The UK market is more closely aligned with USA than Europe with Xbox leading the field. Seems to be a native english language cultural thing IMO.
PS3 and Xbox 360 each have their strengths IMO, amused by the fact fanboyism is still apparently live and well on this forum. There again I enjoyed using the Wii and Wii Fit for a couple of years.
"It seems like a no brainer to get a PS3 these days"
When some of us made a promise to ourselves never to buy Sony kit ever again, we meant it.
Re: I'm confused
Nah, mate, not everything on the Wii sucks.
No More Heroes 1 & 2, Red Steel 1 & 2, Blazing Angels, the Shaun White games (World Stage, Road Trip & Skateboarding), Need For Speed: The Run, House Of The Dead: Overkill, Ghost Squad, Madworld....
That's 12 games off the top of my head which are all excellent rather than the kiddie fare you imagine. And not a Nintendo property amongst 'em.
I would imagine the same can be said of the PS3 or XBox 360. If you wanted to pick a fight with the Wii, you'd be better off arguing that it doesn't get anywhere near as many decent indie games on the store, though I think the range of games available on the virtual console goes some way to make up for that.
All platforms have good and sucky games. If you're going to be a mug and not look for the pearls, well, don't be surprised if you end up elbow-deep in pigshit.
Re: Not surprised really
XBL usually has more retards on it too. I think that's because it is paid for. You get kids thinking they're entitled to do what they want because they're paying for it.
Actually, despite the use of the word "retard" here, I think this is a good point - I have both the 360 and the PS3, and no longer subscribe to Live Gold because of this point. If I want to play online, that's what I want to do, I don't want to spend my time hearing racist, mysoginistic, homophobic kids mouthing off constantly.
Re: Nice to see the PS3...
I'm not sure why you're getting down voted because you're absolutely right.
The xbox has had a whole year lead over both Nintendo and Sony. Nintendo has by passed them ages ago and Sony has caught up despite all the problems and the higher price point.
A quick check for non-fanboy sources put them at:
PS3: 62 million (as of December 31, 2011) (64 million as of April according to Metro)
360: 67.2 million (as of April 19, 2012)
This is why I'm pretty sure someone at Microsoft pays a lot for good press. If you never listened to anyone but opinion of gaming sites or magazines you'd swear the xbox was kicking ass. It's not. It's not doing poorly but it's not doing great either especially given that it's been out the longest.
It's not popular at all really outside of north america. All anyone has to do it take north america away from Microsoft and they're non-existent.