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.