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The Wii off to a great start for 2007

Nintendo’s Wii continues to sell at a fast pace, outselling the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 during January. Market research firm NPD Group reports that consumers bought 436,000 Wii, while Xbox 360 sold 294,000 units, followed by PlayStation 3 with 244,000.


Nintendo is crediting much of its success to the broad appeal of Wii compared to machines from Microsoft and Sony. “I do think that we're selling to additional and different customers,” said Perrin Kaplan, VP marketing for Nintendo. “We've had an incredibly healthy start and we think there's going to be a pretty long tail on this product.”


Each console experienced a drop in sales when compared with figures from December 2006. The Wii saw the least decline when compared to its previous month at 604,200, while Xbox 360 saw the biggest decline from its 1.1 million units sold. PlayStation 3 also fell from its 490,700 sold during December.

The PlayStation 2 continues to be a strong seller, likely because of its price point, with 299,000 units—but down from the amazing 1.4 million during the holiday month. The Nintendo DS also loosened its grip, selling 239,000 during January—a steep drop from the 1.6 million during the gift-giving season. PSP also fell to 211,000 from 953,200.

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RE: Location?
By therealnickdanger on 2/21/2007 4:25:24 PM , Rating: 1
I believe NPD only does North America... but I've been wrong before. I don't think this surge will last though. Reports out of Japan are that Wii is having a pretty intense cooling off period right now. Some analysts assume "the novelty is wearing off", but I think it's just that Nintendo gamers just want Nintendo games, and we won't be seeing another major release for a while...

RE: Location?
By ChronoReverse on 2/21/2007 5:24:04 PM , Rating: 3
If by "cooling off" and "novelty wearing off" you mean "outselling every other console except the DS Lite combined" then yes, you are very correct.

RE: Location?
By artemicion on 2/21/2007 5:48:49 PM , Rating: 2
That's actually what I'm afraid of. I picked up my Wii last week, and it is really fun. But I felt Zelda's use of the Wii controller was kind of contrived. At first, the novelty was kind of cool, but after 10 hours I would kind of prefer the tighter controls of a gamepad.

I mean, Wii Sports defintely feels great on the Wii controller, but I feel like the genre of games that works with the Wii-mote and nunchuk is pretty small, no doubt some fanboy is going to rebut me on this, but that's just my personal feeling. I mean, hey, I dropped $250 on this system, of course I hope it's successful.

Realistically, I would predict that the way it'll boil down is the Wii will be popular for party-type games and other fun gimmicky games, while the 360, and possibly (hopefully really - I liked Sony) the PS3, will be the console for the traditional console games. 360 is putting out some fantastic FPS games. And it's priced somewhat competitively with the Wii, and it definitely has some strengths that the Wii doesn't have, so there's no doubt in my mind that it's a great console. Really, the PS3 is all I'm worried about - hopefully we'll see Sony get their act together somehow.

RE: Location?
By RandomFool on 2/21/2007 6:03:51 PM , Rating: 2
I've noticed that some games are using the motion controls just because it's there. But I'm confident once developers get used to the system there will be tons of games that work really well with the wiimote/nunchuck. It's just a matter of getting around the standard controller setup and thinking differently. I never thought a FPS could be fun on a console until halo came out and while the controls were a bit funky sometimes it worked really well.

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