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Wii will stay on top, says Activision

Earlier this week, EA told the media and investors its belief that the Wii would stay on top and that PlayStation 3 would outstrip the Xbox 360 in western market sales throughout 2008.

Although Activision didn’t dispute its competitor’s prediction on the ongoing sales of the Wii, it did put the Xbox 360 ahead of the PlayStation 3 for the year in North America.

Activision revealed during to Q3 earning call that it expects the Wii to sell more than 6 million units, the Xbox 360 to sell 4 to 5 million units, the PS3 somewhere between 3-4 million and the PS2 trailing off at 2 to 3 million.

The games publisher also was pleased to announce record holiday sales, up 80 percent over the previous year with $1.48 billion in sales and $272.2 in profit. Big titles helping to drive Activision’s positive report are Guitar Hero III and Call of Duty 4.

Slated for 2008 will be more games that Activision hopes will bring it another record period. According to Variety, Guitar Hero 4 will hit in the fall, but not before two other spinoffs in spring. The publisher also has the rights to release an adaptation of the upcoming James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace.

With Activision the top publisher in the U.S. in 2007, the company’s next target is to unseat EA in Europe. "That's the low-hanging fruit for us," Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said. "We have No. 1 market share in the U.S. but not Europe, and there's no reason we see why ‘Guitar Hero' shouldn't be the No. 1 product in Europe as well."

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360 outsells PS3
By wolfpack1825 on 2/11/2008 1:56:31 PM , Rating: 1
I see the few sony fan boys are here. I have no desire whatsoever to purchase anything from Sony. Reason: I don't enjoy any Japanese games, the story's are weak or translated very badly. Have no desire JRPG's, and everything else I can get on my XBOX360. If it comes out of Japan I don't want it. My opinion

I like xbox live because it's a watchdog against idiots. The reason multiplayer is fun again, because I have choices. (So I would pay for that) I left the pc world because of rampant cheating. I play my 360 because it is just pure fun. I don't care about HD or Blue ray, because the future is streaming movies.

The Sony un monitored world brings me right back to why I don't play games on my pc. So your freedom gives you cheaters, modders and idiot's. So no I would never want to go to the darkside, accept to maybe turn my PS3 into a linux machine and that's about it.

Sony is a monoply just as bad as Microsoft, and in most cases much much much worse. I support America where most of you fan boys live!!!. You wonder why everything good leaves Amercia because you fan boys can't appreciate much.

The XBOX360 will outsell the PS3 because it is just better. So Activision is right, and EA is just trying to create sales that they have lost because there games are so very bad. Creativty from EA is dead, so move on to better game publishers.

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