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Nintendo shows everyone their Pokemons

The sales numbers released by research firm NPD Group for May once again illustrate Nintendo’s current strength in the market. Both the Nintendo DS and Wii lead all of its competitors in terms of software and hardware sales.

The Nintendo DS garnered the most sales with 423,000 units, and the Wii followed at 338,000.

Sony took third and fourth, with the PSP selling 221,000 and the undying PlayStation 2 at 188,000. The PlayStation 3, which only managed to outsell the Game Boy Advance by a thousand units, moved 82,000.

The Xbox 360 sat behind the PlayStation 2 at 155,000 units sold.

Nintendo also ruled the software charts, with the four of the upper half of the top ten going to Pokemon Diamond, Mario Party 8, Pokemon Pearl and Wii Play. Guitar Hero II and Spider-Man 3 were top sellers on the PS2 and Xbox 360 platforms. The remainder of the top selling games belonged exclusively to the Xbox 360, those being Forza Motorsport 2 and Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars.

Overall, the console gaming industry posted a strong month with $815.5 million in total sales, up 49 percent from the same period in 2006.

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By NotAok on 6/18/2007 8:55:30 AM , Rating: 3
What's even more amazing here is the fact that the PS2 is still beating the 360... Come on, seriously, who the hell is buying a ps2?!?! These things still seem to be flying of store shelves for some reason. It's not like they recently dropped in price either, they've been cheap for quite some time... Blows my mind!

RE: wow
By MajorPaver on 6/18/2007 9:14:43 AM , Rating: 3
This one is easy: Johnny wants a console. Johnny's mom goes to the store and sees that, wow, this one is only $99 ! Johnny's buddies also seem to have tons of games for this one...and didn't Blockbuster have a bunch to rent? Oh yeah, it did.

Console sold.

The majority of consoles are *still* bought by parents for their children and sub-$100 is a nice figure.

RE: wow
By NotAok on 6/18/2007 9:35:33 AM , Rating: 5
...I don't like Johnny

RE: wow
By colonelclaw on 6/18/2007 9:42:48 AM , Rating: 3
yup so true. for all the hype of MS and Sony, one factor remains absolute king above all else - price

Wii is cheap = everyone buys Wii

RE: wow
By aftlizard01 on 6/18/2007 2:16:03 PM , Rating: 5
Another scenario:
Johnny bought his PS2 in 2001 and it broke down so Johnny rather than spending 600 on a PS3 buys a new PS2.

RE: wow
By colonelclaw on 6/19/2007 5:51:04 AM , Rating: 2
exactly what my buddy's girlfriend did just last week. she was in the store umming and ahhing over what to buy, meanwhile me and my mate were shouting down the phone "buy a ps3!" but she still got herself one of those really rather nice mini ps2 things

price is king, so it would seem. and the interesting thing here is she's absolutely loaded, yet couldn't bring herself to buy something that just seemed too expensive for a games console

RE: wow
By Samus on 6/18/2007 5:01:46 PM , Rating: 3
im kind of surprised how well the xbox is selling for a $400 console... 155k/month is nothing to sneeze at.

RE: wow
By Miggle on 6/18/2007 11:30:39 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, I am planning on getting a PS2 myself soon. Probably a 22" LCD Monitor and TVbox along with that. Its a good time to get a PS2 since its cheap and I could buy 2nd hand games for really cheap. I'll get tired of it in a year or 2 maybe. By then newer versions of X360 and PS3 should be on the way.

i guess its time to collect the dough :P
By KiDDGuY on 6/18/07, Rating: 0
RE: i guess its time to collect the dough :P
By Rookierookie on 6/18/2007 7:59:10 AM , Rating: 2
Can't you see the truth? The PS3 isn't beating the Wii because the shops are all out of stock! :p

By KiDDGuY on 6/18/2007 8:02:53 AM , Rating: 2
lemme try and imagine ..., *tries to imagine* ... *poof* ...
Omg , wow look at em go (NOT!) :D

RE: i guess its time to collect the dough :P
By JohofNovi on 6/18/07, Rating: -1
By degziebob on 6/18/2007 10:17:38 AM , Rating: 3
Wow! You obviously don't get the :D & :P ... It's called sarcasm !! We know they are in stock everywhere.. doh!

RE: i guess its time to collect the dough :P
By encryptkeeper on 6/18/2007 10:30:49 AM , Rating: 1
In fact, Sony's CEO has been quoted as saying they will have a price cut.

I'd like to know when he said that. He said they are "studying, refining the PS3 price" (Howard Stringer) . If past indications are a sign of anything, Stringer will come back out and say that the price of the PS3 is just fine as it is. In reality, dropping the price now is an act of pure desperation, as there's no way there are significant drops in cost to build PS3s. It hasn't even been out for a year, and it took at least that for the PS2 and Xbox to go from 299 to 199 didn't it?

RE: i guess its time to collect the dough :P
By JohofNovi on 6/18/2007 11:10:44 AM , Rating: 2
He said and I quote, "Nintendo has been a successful enterprise and a very good business model compared with ours..." The interviewer says, "Because it's cheaper?" and Stringer replies, "Yes, because it's cheaper." When asked how much Sony can afford to lower the PS3's price Stringer replied, "That's what we're studying at the moment; that's what we're trying to refine." This was during an interview on Thursday with the Financial Times. He also said there was "no question" consumers wanted the price to be lower. There is a video of the actual interview and a transcript. You can mince words all you want. During the interview it was quite clear there will be a price cut, it just hasn't been finalized on how much of a cut. We will know by Christmas.

Here is the url to the article.

RE: i guess its time to collect the dough :P
By Lonyo on 6/18/2007 11:43:43 AM , Rating: 2
MS are coming pretty close to the Wii in terms of price in the UK.
I saw a 360 Premium for £210, vs £180 for the Wii, albeit the 360 was on offer, but it's not the first time they have been on offer. 360 Core systems have been as low as £150.
If MS have a price drop on the 360 then in the UK they will present IMO a very serious price challenge to Nintendo, and quite close in the US too.

And then there's the PS3 which sits at £400....

By encryptkeeper on 6/18/2007 2:45:10 PM , Rating: 2
What you're forgetting is that Nintendo could respond with an equally damaging price drop. They make money off the Wii as it is, and with prices as they are, they sell like crazy. Imagine if the price was even lower! They're smart enough to drop the price based on comparison with what their competitors are doing (i.e., to prevent people from saying, 'Sony dropped their prices why can't Nintendo'). You might want to remember that.

By shraz on 6/18/2007 3:29:10 PM , Rating: 2
I've seen a few PS3. Toys r Us and Best Buy seems to have 1 or 2 in stock. Wii, never.

Price over Features
By mdogs444 on 6/18/2007 10:02:15 AM , Rating: 2
This just goes to show that in todays market, the average consumer is more worried about price, than features.

I am not a fanboy of any system, and to be honest, I do not even own a console system anymore. I did however have a 360 and enjoyed it. But I just dont have the time for games like I used to....

So with that being said, an unbiased opinion would be that the buyers are cost driven. With everthing, including gasoline & housing, as expensive as they are, people do need to spend less on things that are not "need based" items.

If you can buy a system for $100-$150, which has games for less than $50, its bound to be a more popular choice right now than a system which costs $400-600 with expensive games & accessories.

I think its probably comprable to the overclocking PC's market. Alot of lot like top end parts, overclocking, badass video cards, etc, and our systems (custom built) can cost us more than $2,000. But the average consumer probably spends $600-800 on a Dell/HP system because of price.

All the systems are great for certain uses, and age groups, as well as income classes. However, with cheap options on the market, I think we'll continue to see this as a trend.

RE: Price over Features
By Vezinas Ghost on 6/18/2007 10:18:02 AM , Rating: 5
The average consumer is more concerned with getting the most bang for the buck. The most enjoyment for their money. My kids are 4 and 8, and we have had a lot more fun (as a family especially) with the Wii, then we could possibly have with the PS3. My 4 year old daughter would have a very had time playing any traditional console systems, but she had no problem figuring out the very intuative Wii controler. And that was the point, to get customers outside of the 13 - 25 year old male market.

RE: Price over Features
By Tbonus on 6/18/2007 3:23:59 PM , Rating: 2
This is exactlly what I am talking about. The value of the system is of course going to be the number one thing in the mind of parents, mainly for one reson no one has even taken in to consideration. That is that the cost of gas has made a big differance in the family budget. When you from $200 a month $400 or, maybe even higher depending on where you live, drive little Johnny and Susie around in your gas hungry SUV or Mini-van then price is going to be the first look at.
Another thing to take into consideration on this note is the ablity of the whole family being able to spend quilty time together without having to DRIVE to spend even more money that you don't have on something that you my not have wanted to do anyway. When you consider the Nintindo business model it looks as though they put the family ahead of profit, and the consumer has rewarded them.
Vezinas Ghost is a prime example of what I am saying.

People love cheap crap
By SavagePotato on 6/18/2007 11:11:07 AM , Rating: 2
People will buy anything as long as it's cheap. Something I have learned watching computer sales at work. I remember maybe 3 or 4 customers at most in the last two years that bought a computer based on quality or the components it had.

99% of the time the first question is, what is the least amount of money I can spend.

Not that the WII is crap, but the consumer is the lowest common denominator.

RE: People love cheap crap
By Vezinas Ghost on 6/18/2007 11:42:39 AM , Rating: 2
Unless a user in doing some hardcore gaming, then "cheap crap" is really about all that most home PC users need. It's the software that concerns then, not weather the mother board is an MSI, or off brand. Doesn't matter if the video and sound are integrated, or top of the line cards.

There is no reason for people to overspend, on something they will never take full advantage of.

RE: People love cheap crap
By SavagePotato on 6/19/2007 10:32:16 AM , Rating: 2
I've lost count of how many times people have come in with their $599 HP integrated everything pile of junk with a copy of a game in their hand asking why this crap game we sold them won't run on their amazing computer.

I remember one, this poor guy bought a fairly expensive one at that, onboard video etc, no slots for upgrade at all. Mind you this was a brand brand new machined and the guy still payed like $1200. So he walks in with a copy of Oblivon and it was hard not to laugh outright seeing that in his hand. I tell you I was realy realy glad he didn't buy that heap at our place.

Point is there's nothing good about living in a bubble of computer ignorance. If you know for a fact you are never going to do anything but send email and look at porn, then absolutely buy a Dell $499 special by all means.

All is not well in Redmond,
By bkm32 on 6/18/07, Rating: 0
By OblivionMage on 6/18/2007 8:49:44 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft has seen a large increase in their overall profits recently [too lazy for link :(] so its not like they are in trouble financially.
The Xbox 360 loses money on each console sold still, and is speculated to start making money with the release of Halo 3 (I know I might get one for that). So yeah, it doesn't really matter that they are behind in monthly sales... And no reason for them to drop the price when they are already not making money on the consoles, just the accessories. Plus they said that they will drop the prices in the future.

So yeah, I am bored and this is just a badly written response :P

RE: All is not well in Redmond,
By bkm32 on 6/19/2007 12:05:39 PM , Rating: 2
It's amazing how non-cheerleading, MS posts get rated down.

Yeah, I wasn't cheering MS for a job well done; I was criticizing their poor advances in prosecuting this latest battle of the console wars.

The X360 clearly offers the best gaming experience when you include accessories, games (way better content than the Wii or PS3), Online features, DLC, and arcade-style offerings.

I have a Wii, and it's not for serious gamers. There are too few killer apps available, unless you're into Pokemon and DS ports. I'm not. Mario Party 8, Wii Play, and Wii Sports are fun for awhile, but the only compelling content is Zelda. And what's with all the crappy VC downloads? Where's SMB3, Street Fighter 2, Metroid, Metal Gear? Sonic 2 just became available. Are you kidding me? These should have been VC launch titles. Lame!

Anyway, I play my XBOX1 more than anything. Therefore, I know the X360 has more to offer. So, MS needs to start offering it at a lower price.

And you MS fanboys, learn to appreciate criticism; otherwise, you'll never leave your mother's garage/basement and/or kiss a girl.

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Keep em commin
By KiDDGuY on 6/19/2007 5:58:35 AM , Rating: 3
i dont need to comment .., DT does it agen :P

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan

lol :D

By vision33r on 6/18/2007 2:04:59 PM , Rating: 2
Large majority of this country is heartland states. Big families, blue collar or small business. How can you ask these kind of family to afford a $400+ game console?

No wonder the PS2, Wii, Gamecube are still selling big. You can tell these folks aren't internet savvy too.

Or else people would bought Sega Dreamcast for $30 that has better gaming for the buck than the above.

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By friedrice on 6/19/2007 3:33:06 AM , Rating: 2
The girl in the icon next to the title of the article is pretty hot

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