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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: Well
By Tsuwamono on 2/21/2007 6:53:37 PM , Rating: 3
They had a whole skid of PS3s and 360s at Bestbuy aswell as a whole end counter of Wiis.. you can find them.. believe me

RE: Well
By InsaneScientist on 2/21/2007 8:08:50 PM , Rating: 2
The real question is: were there any Wiis there a couple of days after you saw them?

I want one of the things, but everytime I look (anywhere) they're sold out. And I go look anytime I'm even near a store that has the things (or is supposed to, anyway...).

I'm not saying that they're impossible to find, and presumably some places are easier than others, but they're still difficult to come by for most people.

RE: Well
By NoSoftwarePatents on 2/21/2007 9:42:44 PM , Rating: 2
A coworker of mine who lives near Alameda, California (near San Francisco) went to visit his sister in Reno, Nevada and got one by visiting a local store up there...

RE: Well
By MrSmurf on 2/21/2007 10:59:37 PM , Rating: 1
Where do you live? You can make a profit buying them and selling them here. They sell out as soon as they come in.

RE: Well
By jskirwin on 2/22/2007 11:02:01 AM , Rating: 3
What? You don't have stacks of PS3s in your local Best Buy?

No, we don't. In fact my area (near Philly) is dry of nearly everything. PS3. Wii. Xbox 360. The only thing that you can still find is the odd PS2 or original Xbox.

This only goes to show you that you can't assume the conditions in your area are the same elsewhere.

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