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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: Imagine that
By Mitch101 on 2/21/2007 4:53:29 PM , Rating: 2
The problem is its was pretty close between the Xbox 360 and PS3. Thats not good because it does show that some people are willing to spend $600.00 on the system. I have to believe price drops are coming to the XBOX 360 soon because if Sony had more PS3's out there I bet they could have outsold the 360 and if it does you know SONY will hype that 10 times more than its worth.

While many of us can find a PS3 I have been in stores that it has been sold out of. I would assume not everyone can find them to buy them.

Microsoft should drop the price already. If not for competing with the PS3 but because those Wii's are cranking.


RE: Imagine that
By RamarC on 2/21/2007 5:04:53 PM , Rating: 2
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I have to believe price drops are coming to the XBOX 360 soon because if Sony had more PS3's out there I bet they could have outsold the 360


What? You don't have stacks of PS3s in your local Best Buy? Ours had a pallet of XBox 360s (about 40) that dwindled from 40 to 10 in the course of a week. The pallet of PS3s sat there for over two weeks with maybe 10 being sold.


RE: Imagine that
By Mitch101 on 2/21/2007 5:34:19 PM , Rating: 3
No but several local stores have signs up saying sold out of PS3 but I can find them just shopping around. I would imagine some people dont try hard and if they go to those few stores they will think the PS3 is hard to find and is selling out. Not every consumer goes to the store next door to find a sozen of them sitting there.


RE: Imagine that
By BladeVenom on 2/21/2007 5:37:37 PM , Rating: 2
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While many of us can find a PS3 I have been in stores that it has been sold out of. I would assume not everyone can find them to buy them.

While some stores that don't carry much inventory may occasionally run out, they are not hard to find. Anyone who really wants one will easily find it someplace else. The problem is no else wants one at least they don't want it for $600.


RE: Imagine that
By ViperROhb34 on 2/22/2007 6:23:22 PM , Rating: 2
The problem is its was pretty close between the Xbox 360 and PS3. Thats not good because it does show that some people are willing to spend $600.00 on the system.

I really dont agree witht his line of thought.. Being that PS3 has only been out for 4 months.. This is the time when PS3 should be selling its best based on its NEW, A Novelty Item.. Sort of like Wii.. So.. when an item is new like this it should be in high demand. When 360 was 6 months old it was still selling for 1200 on Ebay !

360 is selling at its 'normal' rate now .. and only holidays will you see a jump.. PS3 sales will likely slow a bit more in the coming months as most "Good" game for the PS3 will also be coming out on 360 ..

Wii is just going to sell well because this generation Nintendo has decent Dev support ( they didnt the last two consoles ) and it has something in common with PS2.. its price is afforable for the MASSES !!


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