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Nintendominates video game hardware sales for June

The sales numbers released by research firm NPD Group for June continue to highlight Nintendo’s current strength in the market. Both the Nintendo DS and Wii lead all of its competitors in terms of software and hardware sales.

The Nintendo DS collected even more sales than during May, moving an amazing 561,900 units. The Wii followed closely behind with 381,800, also slightly up from the previous month.

Nintendo’s near-obsolete Game Boy Advance sold a surprising 109,400 consoles, despite there being no new software released for the handheld.

Sony took sat next in the ladder, with the PSP selling 290,100 and the undying PlayStation 2 at 270,700 units. The PlayStation 3, which was once again the lowest-selling, current-market console, only managed to sell 98,500 units.

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sold 198,400 units, also up from May’s figures.

Overall, video game hardware sales were up 34 percent for the month as compared to the same period last year – accumulating $398.6 million.

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RE: What are the totals?
By michal1980 on 7/24/2007 10:40:06 AM , Rating: -1
the wii is not worlds ahead of a gamecube.

its an overclocked game cube.

what is a next-gen console? I'll define it for you.

A console is next-gen when its graphics are much better then the previous gen console.

lets see, nintendo--snes, yup you can see the better graphics.
snes to n64, yup you can see it.

n64 to g.c., yup theres a difference.

g.c. to wii, hmmm, wait, their almost IDENTICAL.

and while the ps3 gets ripped for not having live, whats the wii online?

RE: What are the totals?
By artemicion on 7/24/2007 11:23:49 AM , Rating: 2
geez, some people live and die by the transistor count in their consoles . . .

But I do appreciate how on one hand you want people to think you're a super-sophisticated gamer that needs games with "depth" and "meat my games" while simultaneously making the definitive aspect of a next-gen console its graphics.

Sheesh, some people are so close-minded about how the video-game market is going to evolve, insisting each generation must have more graphical horsepower in order to be considered a legitimate successor. Yes, that's one way to build a new console, Sony and MS thought so. Nintendo thought outside the box and decided to concentrate on innovative gameplay instead.

Discounting the Wii's approach to next-gen is like saying "dur, gameboy sucks because the graphics are worse than a console" - without considering the fact that it's PORTABLE.

Even if the approach isn't to your taste (I, from my life/workstyle, have no need for a portable gaming system), it doesn't mean that there is something inherently "wrong" with the system.

RE: What are the totals?
By michal1980 on 7/24/07, Rating: -1
RE: What are the totals?
By artemicion on 7/24/2007 4:03:39 PM , Rating: 2
name a title that the gamecube could not run?

Wii Sports.

Pretty sure that game would be less fun on a Gamecube. But judging by your pretentiousness, I'm guessing you didn't enjoy the game so much, and are going to retort with a snarky "the graphics would be the same on a Gamecube."

Yeah well, you're right, but without the Wii-mote the experience wouldn't be the same. Frankly, there are dozens of games/consoles out there I don't care for. Like I said previously, I've never felt the need for a gameboy because I don't need to be gaming 24/7 and I can wait 'till I get home to fire my console up. But I don't bash the Gameboy as a "one-trick pony", or regard it as less of a "game console" just because I don't appreciate its strengths.

I mean, whatever, if you care so much about the "next-gen" label, you can go petition to Websters to have it defined precisely the way you want it to, but I'm just gonna tell you now that there's a lot of people out there who are much more open-minded about just exactly what it means to be "next-gen".

RE: What are the totals?
By OblivionMage on 7/24/2007 8:10:40 PM , Rating: 2
You just said that wii sports would be less fun on gamecube, but nothing about it not being able to run on gamecube, so why did you quote him?

RE: What are the totals?
By artemicion on 7/24/2007 9:02:47 PM , Rating: 2
Because it doesn't really "run" on the gamecube if you're losing out on the main gameplay draw.

It's like claiming that Gears of War will "run" on my VCR because I can record gameplay footage of it on a tape and play it back.

It isn't exactly "running" if you're not getting the full gameplay experience, now is it?

RE: What are the totals?
By Kim Leo on 7/25/07, Rating: 0
RE: What are the totals?
By omnicronx on 7/24/2007 3:27:05 PM , Rating: 2
geez, some people live and die by the transistor count in their consoles . . .

and some people are in denial about what next gen is..(mainly wii owners, what a surprise!!)
sorry to tell you but the term 'next gen' has been used long before this generation of consoles, when HDTV's were first introduced as 'NEXT GENERATION WITH MUCH BETTER VIDEO QUALITY'

so i do not see what it is so hard to consider that the wii not being HD is not really 'Next Gen'

As previously stated, the wii is an overclocked gamecube, same cpu, same graphics core just increased clock speed, and of course a nice new case and all new controller technology.

So yes it is a totally different way to play, but next gen, i think not. Do not get me wrong i have own a wii, and i love it do death, but in the end clock to clock, its maybe on par with the original xbox and i do not go around to all my friends bragging about my next generation wii console.

then again, the whole next gen fad is just a marketing ploy to get you to buy that nice new fancy tv, and or console ;)

RE: What are the totals?
By artemicion on 7/24/2007 3:58:08 PM , Rating: 5
You know - I was gonna patent my Virtual Reality Gaming Machine that, instead of projecting images on a television, would directly send them to your brain to create the most realistic gaming experience known to man. It also comes with a body suit that simulates tactile feeling in game, as well as special nose plugs that simulate smell.

But it doesn't do 1080p.


RE: What are the totals?
By omnicronx on 7/24/2007 4:02:54 PM , Rating: 2
haha best sarcastic answer ever!!
hes totally making fun of me but i must laugh!

RE: What are the totals?
By artemicion on 7/24/2007 4:08:13 PM , Rating: 2
Off-topic, but you know, appreciating the the point-of-view, humor, sarcasm, whatever, of an opponent in a debate is probably one of the most difficult things to do in life. Particularly in an internet forum where internet culture seems to promote stubborn, close-minded, flaming, fan-boy-ism.

Good for you.

RE: What are the totals?
By encryptkeeper on 7/24/2007 11:24:04 AM , Rating: 3
what is a next-gen console? I'll define it for you.

A console is next-gen when its graphics are much better then the previous gen console.

Really? So that's it. No new control schemes, no new ways to interact with the game, no way to download classic content gamers will probably always want to play?

What happens after the next generation of consoles? In 5 more years, consoles will probably be pushed to the limit of realism as far as graphics go. Crysis looks incredible, some screenshots look indistinguishable from some digital picture taken out in the wild. After that, will there be no next generation of consoles? According to you, yes, the videogame industry will have NO new generations of consoles in 10 years. What will they do next? Probably some sort of new interactivity, VR maybe. That's what Nintendo decided to focus on. New interactivity for games for this new generation. Plus more overall power than the Cube. There just haven't been many developers to take advantage of it yet.

RE: What are the totals?
By Hawkido on 7/24/2007 1:36:37 PM , Rating: 1
While I agree with you the Wii is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to write home about as for as it's graphics. They really did NOTHING but bump the GC up a notch or two.

But Nintendo didn't really want to. What they wanted to do, and did quite well (not perfect but this is the first real run of this interface method) was revolutionize the interface of games. They made gaming an athletic activity (Yes, you can cheat and bowl sitting down, but most like to actually perform the action as it is easier and more natural feeling) My wife and I are actually sore after a drunken night playing the neighbor's Wii.

It does seem the Wii caters to more the party crowd (Come over and bring some beer, we have the Wii!) So most of their games will be group activity based. Which is great. I will get a Wii just for the Fun party factor. However I agree my gaming needs are far more indepth. I need a game with some substance. Some "meat on them" as you said. Zelda games have always been a favorite, as have some of the mario games. But i like the main line Final Fantasy games, So it will be Wii and PS3 for me. Xbox360 doesn't have the games I like to play. So, as such, I will be a Blu-Ray movie supporter (more than likely) once i get a PS3.

RE: What are the totals?
By elpresidente2075 on 7/25/2007 1:33:49 AM , Rating: 1
what is a next-gen console? I'll define it for you.

I'll help you by breaking it down into parts:

Next: Successor, what comes after current.

Gen: Short for generation, in the case of electronics, one hardware revision

Things that qualify as next gen in the current console market: Nothing.

Things that qualified as such until the end of last year: Wii and PS3.

Things commonly referred to as next-gen: Wii, Xbox360, PS3 (in order of importance :P)

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