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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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microsoft's stance?
By GodsAnnoyance on 2/21/2007 4:54:26 PM , Rating: 2
so is this good or bad news for microsoft?

i would think it's good news that even after more than a year on the market, they're still able to outsell the ps3. and i think they've said from the beginning that they weren't trying to compete with the wii. it'll be interesting to see what happens if/when microsoft releases their supposed refreshed black xbox w/ hdmi and bigger hd or sony drops the price on the ps3...

RE: microsoft's stance?
By robertgu on 2/21/2007 7:27:42 PM , Rating: 2
I was also wondering if this bad news for Xbox.

To me I'm surprised to see that a 1 yr console is able to outsell the PS3 that's still in its "launch euphoria" and is able to keep within 100k units of another console that's in it's "launch euphoria"; the Wii console, which is selling for less.

I would have expected the Jan. sells numbers to be: Wii sales being much much larger than PS3 which would be decently larger than Xbox.

Considering that many hit titles are coming out later this year for Xbox (Halo, Forza, etc.) and many developers that used to be Playstation exclusives now developing for the Xbox; it would seem that the future is indeed bright for the Xbox.

To me, makershare percentages will settle out close to ~40% Xbox ~35% Wii ~25% PS3 within the next year or so.

RE: microsoft's stance?
By mircea on 2/23/2007 4:10:30 AM , Rating: 2
I think this is really great news for Xbox if this continues just 4 months like it is for 2 reasons:

1. Wii is distroying the hopes of PS3 becoming No.1 so most developers will go mostly multiplatform, to get the customers Wii and Xbox has even though they were going for more PS3 at first riding the wave of PS2.
2. Resulting from developers making PS3 less appealing with little or no exclusive games, and because the price warr will always be in favor of the Xbox360, many people that thought od holding out for better games on PS3 will switch to Xbox360.

Actually this is what I think happened with the PS3 launch. Since it was creamed by Wii and had a tag price just a bit too high for most, those people that wanted only one console (but high powered graphics) or just 2 consoles (one high power and the Wii) and waited on PS3 decided that it's not worth it and got the Xbox360.

Also michael1980 stated that sites like DT are killing the PS3 momentum. I would like to point out that Sony killed it way before on E3 when they announced the price. It just about killed 60-70% of the momentum. Then they added the missing features on the controller to include the motion sensor, and the cut out of real technology out of the 20GB HDD not just a size shrink.

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