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"Karate's back, (expletive)!" The UFC 2009: Undisputed was truly the undisputed champion in May video game sales, nearly doubling its closest competitor.  (Source: SportsIlustrated.com)
The recession has hurt video game sales considerably

Video gamers are tightening their belts and cutting back on their purchases, and that's bad news for video game manufacturers.  NPD, a leading market research firm, released its estimates for May video game sales and most trends were pointing downward. 

Overall total earnings were at their lowest since May 2007, with less than $1B USD pulled in on console sales and games.  Total revenue equaled $863.3M USD, a drop of 23 percent from last May.

In the handheld console arena, the Nintendo DSi was a sole bright spot, continuing strong sales with 633.5K units.  The PSP sold 100.4K units.  In the home console market, the Wii continued to be on top with 289.5K units, despite seeing its year to year unit shipments drop in half. Analysts speculate that the sharp drop is due to the fact that Nintendo still hasn't cut its $250 price.  Nintendo did, however, celebrate reaching 20 million units sold in the U.S.  

Microsoft came in second with 175K units, a drop of five percent year to year.  Sony, meanwhile, shipped 131K, a thirty-seven percent drop.  However, it also shipped 117K PlayStation 2s.  The PlayStation 2 has been on the market for since 2000, but remains a strong seller.  Overall, it is the best-selling console in history, with over 136 million units shipped worldwide.

The top videogame of the month was UFC 2009: Undisputed by THQ.  Cashing in on the growing popularity of mixed martial arts, the game moved over 679,000 units, nearly twice its closest competitor.  Nintendo software did relatively well, taking six of the top ten spots, with Wii Fit (w/ balance board) coming in at the number 2 spot.

While the recession clearly has hurt video game sales, each of the manufacturers can see silver linings to the clouds.  Nintendo can celebrate its continued lead, stronger software sales, and its hot DSi handheld.  Sony can take comfort in the continued sales movement of the elderly PS2, which helps make up for the PS3's sales shortcomings.  And Microsoft can be pleased that it took the number 1 game sales spot and continues to post decent console sales.



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Wii= the new baby sitter
By kickn67 on 6/12/09, Rating: 0
RE: Wii= the new baby sitter
By icanhascpu on 6/12/2009 9:05:22 PM , Rating: 2
Do you have any references to back this inane suggestion up?

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Didnt think so. The Wii console has been knows to be a family orianted machine, while the other two are much less so and armed more at 1 player or online multiplayer. So it looks like you have the wrong console to be aiming this kind of silly crap at. I dont remember my Saturday morning cartoons getting me off my ass to get interactive. Unless you were one of those hyperactive kids that though he was the 5th ninja turtle


Money
By scrapsma54 on 6/12/09, Rating: -1
RE: Money
By icanhascpu on 6/12/2009 4:28:28 PM , Rating: 5
When an idiot tries to be clever, we get the above.


RE: Money
By smackababy on 6/12/2009 4:43:00 PM , Rating: 2
I don't even know what he is trying to say or be funny about.


RE: Money
By jpeyton on 6/12/09, Rating: 0
RE: Money
By scrapsma54 on 6/12/09, Rating: -1
RE: Money
By Wierdo on 6/12/2009 5:23:33 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like the dying gasps of the joystick fondling crowd :p


RE: Money
By scrapsma54 on 6/12/2009 5:23:22 PM , Rating: 4
Not really. I prefer something that doesn't look like crap on my 1080p tv.


RE: Money
By pwnsweet on 6/12/2009 8:34:45 PM , Rating: 1
The reason it looks bad on your LCD is because of the nature of the LCD/Plasma technology. The problem with is with the TV, not the Wii. Woah quick! rate me down!

Before you do that though, try this. Hook up your Wii to a CRT 1080i HDTV with component cables and set the output on your Wii to 480p. You'll notice it looks way better than it does when hooked up to a 1080p LCD screen despite the fact that in both cases the Wii's output resolution is 480p. This is because LCD/Plasma HDTV's are inherently bad when it comes to upscaling SD content.


RE: Money
By kake on 6/13/2009 12:26:14 PM , Rating: 2
That's ridiculous. Because I'm a cheap bastard, I have the computer outputted at 1024x768 through an s-video cable to our Panasonic 1080p plasma and the upscaling it does is amazing. Standard sized text is readable (funky, but readable), hulu is entirely watchable (slightly fuzzy, but it's free so who's complaining), and everything I bt looks considerably better than SD television (which is the same resolution ironically).

So no, new televisions do a good job of upscaling (especially Panasonic Vieras in my experience). Side by side, I'll take the image upscaled on our plasma over our 32" Sony tube.


RE: Money
By Finnkc on 6/15/2009 10:47:08 AM , Rating: 2
Panasonic's Plasmas have the best SD upscale I have seen in any HD pannel. I own one myself and after doing months of research on Plasma vs LCD, Brand X vs Brand Y ... Panasonic was the name I kept comnig up with for the price and image quality.

He is correct however most manufactures have garbage upscale and a Wii will look better on a CRT then a HD

... but if you have a Panasonic Viera then you know not of what he speaks. :)


RE: Money
By omnicronx on 6/15/2009 11:29:16 AM , Rating: 2
While your Viera probably does a far better job of upscaling to higher resolutions, the OP's point still stands. Go find someone with an older EDTV plasma or LCD and hook up the Wii and you will notice how good it looks on such an old TV with a lower resolution. This is because zero scaling is going on, the wii is outputting at 480p (if you have component cables) matching the display.

P.S Chances that your computer is outputting more than 480i is very small, as that is the limit for digitally sourced SVIDEO output in almost any implementation (for NTSC at least). Svideo cables in general just don't have the bandwidth. Video bandwidth of Svideo is only around 4.5MHZ and has NTSC timing constraints, VGA is 80MZ+ and is not constrained by NTSC/PAL timing at all. What you are probably looking at is scaled video 1024x768 to 640x480, which is why text is probably very blurry and colours are bleeding.

Don't be deceived by the larger output resolution. let your TV do the scaling, although you may not have the same real estate, the picture will look better if you can output at 480i scaling 1:1 instead of 1024x768 scaled to 480 scaling 1.6:1 (which every TV will do differently, usually causing overscan issues which will actually give you less than 480 lines.)


RE: Money
By kake on 6/15/2009 9:34:04 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I didn't explain it very in my post. I know the output of the card to s-video is 480i. I've tried it several ways, 480, 600, and 768 on the computer, and for no explainable reason, 1024x768 gives a much better image than 640x480. I though the same thing as you when I set it up originally, but at the lower resolutions, the image is slightly pixelated.

And no, the text is quite sharp (actually readable), and the colors are impressively separated. At one point I experimented with using component out from the computer, but the difference wasn't enough to make it worthwhile to run more cables under my house. And this is out of a Geforce 6600 and through a 25' cable.


RE: Money
By brightstar on 6/14/2009 10:22:29 AM , Rating: 2
That Is the biggest load of bullsh*t about Plasma TV's I've ever heard. I've had my Wii hooked up to my Plasma TV and It looked fantastic. Honestly, don't know where you kids get this crap?! Must be a WorstBuy employee. Go peddle your Ignorant crap somewhere else.


RE: Money
By icanhascpu on 6/12/2009 9:00:37 PM , Rating: 2
Then stop standing infront of it.


RE: Money
By TomZ on 6/12/2009 5:31:57 PM , Rating: 5
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The Wii is just a fad.
LOL, it's quite a "fad" that has them #1 in sales and with 20 million units sold so far...with no end in sight.

Techies can balk at the technical specifications of the Wii, but there is no question that the product has been a phenomenal success.


RE: Money
By JasonMick (blog) on 6/12/2009 5:48:03 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Techies can balk at the technical specifications of the Wii, but there is no question that the product has been a phenomenal success.


I'll say, especially considering they've been making a profit since day 1 and have invariably grown the profit margin, while keeping the price the exact same.

From a market penetration standpoint the Wii has been the clear winner of this generation. However, from a pure money standpoint (total profit) its even better -- its on pace to go down in history as the most profitable console.

Love the Wii or hate it personally, you have to admit it was business brilliance for Nintendo.


RE: Money
By TA152H on 6/12/09, Rating: 0
RE: Money
By crazyblackman on 6/12/09, Rating: 0
RE: Money
By geekfool on 6/12/2009 8:18:28 PM , Rating: 5
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I say that because dropping 50% of your sales year to year is not a good pace at all, and in fact, it's quite poor.


That logic doesn't really pan out, because you're ignoring the total volume of sales. For instance, if I sell a billion units one year and 500 million the next, while you sell 100,000 units on year, and 300,000 the next, by your reasoning your product is doing better, because my sales rate decreased while yours increased. Nevermind the fact that for every one of your units, there are roughly 4,000 of mine. Or the fact that my sales rate, in absolute terms, is still about 1,500 times greater than yours. Even if my sales continued trending downwards at the same rate, and yours continued trending upwards, it would still take 5 years before your sales rate caught up with mine, and close to a decade before you had sold more units than me.

But realistically speaking, nothing is a straight line, and it looks like you're just trying to handpick a metric that supports your argument, while ignoring other, more valuable metrics that refute it. The Wii has sold more units than any current-generation console, and continues to sell at a faster rate than any other current-generation console, and I don't see how you can logically interpret that as a weakness.


RE: Money
By TA152H on 6/13/09, Rating: 0
RE: Money
By joemoedee on 6/13/2009 10:09:16 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I say that because dropping 50% of your sales year to year is not a good pace at all, and in fact, it's quite poor. Not that this necessarily has to happen every month, but that's the current pace.


You have two factors that play into this.

1. The economy is in the toilet. Unemployment rates are high, and the overall lookout in June 09 is much worse than it was in June 08. It's going to effect the sales of most anything.

2. This month we did not see any real big Wii releases. That effects any game console.

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So, I'd really be surprised if the Wii even came close to the PS2, especially at the rate sales are dropping.


Well, we can't project what the Wii will do 6, 7, 8 years after launch. Actually with the current economic environment, its hard to say what anything will project next year.

I will say that it does have two more formidable opponents in the PS3 and 360, versus what the PS2 had. Also, the Wii has the PS2 to contend with, as well. The pie can only be sliced oh so many ways.

However, I don't see the Wii losing its top seller status anytime soon. It has the casual gamer stronghold, plus the Nintendo franchises to keep the non-casual gamer involved.


RE: Money
By TA152H on 6/13/09, Rating: 0
RE: Money
By brightstar on 6/14/2009 10:33:11 AM , Rating: 2
I'd also add, that at the rate of sales the Wii will easily pass the PS2 for total sales, even If they bring a new console to market. While I agree, that there Is probably allot of Soccer Mom's buying the Wii, I also think It's a sort of second child hood for allot of adults that owned Nintendo 8 bit console.


RE: Money
By omnicronx on 6/15/2009 11:50:40 AM , Rating: 2
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I'd also add, that at the rate of sales the Wii will easily pass the PS2 for total sales, even If they bring a new console to market.
The PS2 has sold almost 140 million consoles, the chances that the original wii will remain on the market for 9 years is very small. So to say the wii will 'easily' overtake the PS2 obviously does not take into account how successful the PS2 actually was. It will take the wii 6+ years (from launch) just to reach the PS2s current numbers as they have only reached 50 million sales in 2 1/2 + years (which is amazingly impressive, but I think even my 6+ year is being optimistic, as I really doubt they will continue selling this fast, especially with the lack of price decrease). I also expect a new wii to be on the horizon within the next 2-3 years as well.

The will will most certainly sell the most consoles within a certain period of time (i.e they will have the best sales/year ratio) but don't be surprised if the PS2 keeps that top spot. Alas never say never, the wii has surprised us all once before, they could surely do it again, but don't underestimate the PS2, everyone had one, and it dominated console sales during its lifetime selling 7x more consoles than its nearest competitor and almost 4x more than all competitors combined. To put that into perspective, the amazing Wii does not even control half the market and does not have more than 2x the sales of its closest competitor.


RE: Money
By tviceman on 6/13/2009 10:14:23 AM , Rating: 2
I'm going to guess that you're being sarcastic.

I'm a PC gamer, but I've purchased 20+ titles on Wii's VC, plus another 10 wii specific games in the three years I've owned it (punch out and mario kart are FUN games).

It's gimmicky and definitely has plenty of shovelware surrounding it, but fad it is not.


RE: Money
By The0ne on 6/12/2009 8:18:40 PM , Rating: 2
Im still scratching my head :)


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