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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: sales figures...
By Tilmitt on 2/22/2007 8:03:06 AM , Rating: -1
The difference is all the detail. The magnitude of an upgrade that the PS3 and Xbox 360 are over their predescessors is massive. The Wii is only marginally faster. Nintendo couldn't cut it in the power race, so they banked on a stupid gimmick tied to overpriced crap hardware. And you bought it in droves.

I wouldn't care what you chose to play, except that if the Wii continues to be a success, Sony and Microsoft may release crippled gimmick consoles next generation aswell. The Wii is destroying gaming, why can't you see it.

I want beautiful graphics and beatiful gameplay. The Wii cannot give me both. The PS3 can.

RE: sales figures...
By javiergf on 2/22/2007 1:22:25 PM , Rating: 2
Let's just forget for a Second that both PS3 and XBox 360 have mulicore CPUs and that their Graphics card and memory are much more advanced than the wii. Let's forget all the numbers. Just look at the best game for the Wii, "Zelda" and look at the exact same game on Gamecube. The look exactly the same 80%. Now look at "gears of war" and compare that game to the best Wii game. I personally think that $250 for an upgraded gamecube with a fancy remote is a rip off, more than the 400 bucks of the xbox 360 or the $600 of the PS3.

RE: sales figures...
By ViperROhb34 on 2/22/2007 8:36:24 PM , Rating: 2
Let's not forget when you forget all the talk about the cell processor that it is not any good with the PS3's slow bandwidth video card.

The 360 has a small amount of expensive memory built on-die GPU that makes a world of difference. Thats why in certain games like Tony Hawk Project and Call Of Duty 3 Xbox 360 has a smoother frame rate in really intense graphical areas.

Im glad that most of the world is not buying into the PS3 hype machine. PS2 truely as better then its competitors at launch.. Xbox was launched 2yrs later and more powerful then PS2, but didnt have the developer support that 360 is currently enjoying !

Developer support is where it all is in the end. Look at Wii this time .. It has plenty of games that Nintendo could've never enjoyed last Gen because of Developer support.
And that in itself might be a major downfall of Ps3 this time is lack of killer exclusives that PS2 had.

Sure PS3 will exclusives still.. but many of them will be the who gives a crap about the release of this game kind of exclusives.

RE: sales figures...
By mircea on 2/23/2007 3:49:10 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't care what you chose to play, except that if the Wii continues to be a success, Sony and Microsoft may release crippled gimmick consoles next generation aswell. The Wii is destroying gaming, why can't you see it.

Have you ever played a flash game??? Do you play handheld games??? Have you played on any console since their existance?? Why?? Their graphics could never compete with a computer's graphics. After at most 1 year any console is absolete in graphics, this gen they were beaten before coming out. If you make statments like the one above, you absolutly cannot own a console based on that.

So having fun on lower graphics is a distruction of videogaming?? Does that not apply to PS2 which had the worst graphics of it's generation, yet become the most succesful console ever, and even sell out really well when new generation consoles are out??

You say that the amount of graphics resolution is a bigger change than a change in the way you interface with the game??? I beg to differ.

By the way I don't own any consoles at the time (none of the new ones to be found in Romania and have sold my earlier systems cuz I had them in the states NTSC vs. PAL), but I owned both Nintendo's and Sony's consoles.

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