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Nintendo claims 52% of video game revenue in January 2009

According to the latest sales figures, video game console hardware sales fell significantly in January compared to December. Although all consoles saw a decline, Nintendo continued to lead the industry by outselling all of their competitors with the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo DS.

The Nintendo Wii led the way with 679,200 units sold. The Nintendo DS was second with 510,800 units sold and the Xbox 360 was third with 309,000 units sold. Sony’s PlayStation 3 failed to make the top three with 203,200 units sold. Sony’s other hardware products placed fifth and sixth respectively with the PlayStation Portable selling 172,300 units and the PlayStation 2 selling 101,200 units

Complimenting Nintendo’s hardware sales success, first party Nintendo games topped the software sales charts as well. First place went to the Nintendo Wii Fit with 777,000 units sold. Wii Play placed second with 415,000 units sold and Mario Kart Wii was third with 292,000 units sold.

Gamasutra’s Matt Matthews thoroughly analyzed the January numbers declaring Nintendo platforms made up 52% of all industry sales which is up from 33% when compared to the same time last year. He stated Sony platforms appear to be languishing or declining while the Xbox360 continues to sell well.

Compared to January 2008, there are no longer 3 three robust competitors with a comparable piece of the video game market with Nintendo outselling both Microsoft and Sony combined.

For Sony, Matthews' analysis indicates there are troubling times ahead due to declining sales of all of Sony’s hardware offerings. The PlayStation 3 was down 25% year-on-year in January 2009 down from 67,000 systems sold per week to 51,000 systems sold per week. The PlayStation 2 and the PlayStation Portable also saw declining sales rates of 62% and 25%, respectively.

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Are you really surprized?
By hameed on 2/16/2009 9:40:16 AM , Rating: 1
The cheapest console sold many more units while the most expensive sold the least.

RE: Are you really surprized?
By PrinceGaz on 2/16/2009 9:58:25 AM , Rating: 4
Isn't the X-Box 360 now cheaper than the Wii?

RE: Are you really surprized?
By PogoThePrez on 2/16/2009 10:41:36 AM , Rating: 1
The arcade version is cheaper by 50 bucks. You would think Nintendo would drop the Wii to 200 due to all of its success.

RE: Are you really surprized?
By PrinceGaz on 2/16/2009 12:24:18 PM , Rating: 3
It would be nice if Nintendo did drop the price of the Wii, but there isn't really much incentive for them to do so given how well it is selling at US$250.

RE: Are you really surprized?
By Josh Henly on 2/16/2009 12:25:14 PM , Rating: 3
Why in the world would Nintendo drop the Wii's price 20% (or any amount, for that matter) when it's already clobbering the competition at the current price? Nintendo is a for-profit business -- not a charity.

RE: Are you really surprized?
By quiksilvr on 2/16/2009 7:08:51 PM , Rating: 2
They would if people stop buying it, which they won't, because casual gaming owns hardcore gaming.

RE: Are you really surprized?
By afkrotch on 2/17/2009 2:49:03 AM , Rating: 1
Cept the fact that the Xbox 360 would have higher profits than Nintendo, but they had to get out of the red first.

Both Microsoft and Sony are gonna be making more money off their consoles, as they do more than gaming. Play a game, get bored, then rent a video on their internet services.

RE: Are you really surprized?
By Alexstarfire on 2/17/2009 5:19:04 AM , Rating: 2
Ummmm, I don't think Microsoft or Sony sell videos online. AFAIK both devices are just used to stream Netflix and other movies that you have stored on your HDD. I don't see how MS or Sony stand to make a sale let alone profit off of that. MS has potential to make money elsewhere since they force people to pay to use their online services, Sony doesn't.

I don't see how they could ever make more money that Nintendo since Nintendo has been making nothing but profit the entire time. Hardware only gets cheaper, usually, and now they are dominating software sales, for now.

RE: Are you really surprized?
By xti on 2/17/2009 2:17:44 PM , Rating: 2
thought wii was the most profitable per unit of the big 3?

RE: Are you really surprized?
By karielash on 2/27/2009 12:21:40 PM , Rating: 2
It is.

Worldwide figures? No.
By psychobriggsy on 2/16/2009 8:45:53 AM , Rating: 2
You could mention that these are North America only figures, and that any conclusions derived from them aren't applicable worldwide.

Sony need to pull their fingers out of their arses when it comes to selling the PS3 in the US though, where it is underperforming. Especially as it isn't underperforming in other territories worldwide, yet all the online reports come from the US, and just talk about US sales, but put an image forward of worldwide failure when talking about US figures.

RE: Worldwide figures? No.
By Hiawa23 on 2/16/2009 9:28:05 AM , Rating: 2
not sure why he needs to state that these are N American numbers, cause it's a given when we see these numbers at the beginning of each month it kind of goes without saying that these are N American numbers. One thing is for sure no matter what excuses some want to make, things aren't looking good for Sony. The PS2 is the past, PSP is doing okay, but the PS3 is supposed to be Sony's future. It was supposed to destroy the comp, especially when HD DVD died & one can't help but to scrath their head as to what is going on in their camp. Sony claims they can't afford to drop the price & take larger losses per console, but they are going to have to do something.

RE: Worldwide figures? No.
By neothe0ne on 2/16/2009 6:15:14 PM , Rating: 2
At certain gaming communities your post would be considered "damage control". The fact that these are only North American figures does not change the fact that the PS3 is performing similarily to the Xbox 360 (aka underperforming) when counting all territories together and that the Wii is performing best (and obviously in the lead when counting worldwide sales).

RE: Worldwide figures? No.
By cmdrdredd on 2/16/2009 10:07:12 PM , Rating: 2
Lets take game sales? No ok that's because the Wii is low in that category...

RE: Worldwide figures? No.
By Alexstarfire on 2/17/2009 5:21:07 AM , Rating: 2
Well, without worldwide software sales figures that's hard to say, but according to the NA sales figures I would say otherwise. Not to mention it's been said many times that the attach rate for the Wii isn't nearly as bad as many people make it out to be. Of course, if you have proof otherwise I'd love to see it.

By TheHarvester on 2/16/2009 11:34:32 AM , Rating: 2
Does anyone else find it interesting that the PS2 is still selling a third as many consoles as the PS3? I wonder if Sony had stuck with its initial backwards compatibility and took the PS2 off the market if it would have done better in this generation of consoles. I thought their plan was to phase it out after a while, but it seems clear to me that while Xbox and Nintendo definitely made sure it was their -new- consoles that were selling, Sony did not. I wonder what their margin is on a PS2 versus the PS3...?

RE: PS2?
By griffynz on 2/16/2009 9:44:34 PM , Rating: 2
Sony’s PlayStation 3 failed to make the top three with 203,200 units sold....the PlayStation 2 selling 101,200 units

203,200 vs. 101,200 is more like 1/2

RE: PS2?
By afkrotch on 2/17/2009 2:57:00 AM , Rating: 2
Sony has always kept their last generation console on the market years after it's been replaced. I'd say the PS2 will still be on store shelves for another 3-4 years.

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