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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 Netscorer on 7/24/2007 12:23:39 PM , Rating: 1
In my mind, 'the next gen' gaming console has to satisfy at least these three technical criteria:
- fully support HDTV resolution
- fully support Online gaming for all 'next-gen' releases
- provide full range of Home Media Center functionality

So far, only Xbox 360 (with HD-DVD addon) fully justifies 'next gen' moniker. Sony will be there soon as they will roll out full Online gaming support in the next months. Wii, however, will never be able to satisfy all three criteria (they actually currently do not astisfy any of these criteia), thus Wii is not a 'next gen' in my mind.


RE: What are the totals?
By colonelclaw on 7/24/2007 12:49:03 PM , Rating: 2
for me the Wii is the most next gen of all the current consoles - what nintendo came up with with regards to contoller interface and aiming the product at a whole new audience seals it for me.

next gen shouldnt just be about power, it should be about the thinking behind the product


RE: What are the totals?
By encryptkeeper on 7/24/2007 3:08:57 PM , Rating: 2
Netscorer on July 24, 2007 at 12:23 PM

In my mind, 'the next gen' gaming console has to satisfy at least these three technical criteria:
- fully support HDTV resolution
- fully support Online gaming for all 'next-gen' releases
- provide full range of Home Media Center functionality

So far, only Xbox 360 (with HD-DVD addon) fully justifies 'next gen' moniker. Sony will be there soon as they will roll out full Online gaming support in the next months. Wii, however, will never be able to satisfy all three criteria (they actually currently do not astisfy any of these criteia), thus Wii is not a 'next gen' in my mind.


Thank you, I'm glad there are some people who put thoughts into their posts. While I respectfully disagree that these are the only things that necessitate true 'next gen' I have to admit I'd definitely like more online games for the Wii. Wii Sports would have been great to have online, but I have a feeling they're going to do a Wii Sports 2, with more sports, better graphics and online gameplay. 1080p or 720p doesn't really bug me that much, I still have a tube TV. How many households have an HD set? 10-15%? Media center capability is something that absolutely does not interest me because I have no use for it.

At the same time, people are realizing the next evolution in video games is how you interact with them, not just how pretty they look.


RE: What are the totals?
By omnicronx on 7/24/2007 3:39:38 PM , Rating: 2
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How many households have an HD set? 10-15%


Depends where you live, 10-15% in the U.S right now maybe, but in Canada that number is dramatically increasing, i would say it is closer to 25-30% of Canadians own at least one HD-Ready tv in their household.

Also keep in mind the 2009 analogue shutoff for television stations in the U.S starts, and only digital OTA HD signals will be available, at that time i would expect the number of households with HD-TVS to increase exponentially from there on in.


RE: What are the totals?
By Netscorer on 7/24/2007 9:08:06 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you for your post. I agree that everyone can have their own idea of the 'next gen'. For me, the three above plus a great line up of the current games were enough to justify buying Xbox 360. PS3 is close behind but does not have many good games and so I will probably reevaluate them in 6-9 months.
I played Wii for 4 weeks and got quickly annoyed with the controls. They are great novelty act and the originals (Wii Sports and Zelda) work with them like a charm, but same controls become awkward and frustrating once you try playing third-party games. Lack of HDTV support(I have a 56" 1080P beauty sitting in my living room) and no online gaming were a killing blow for me.


RE: What are the totals?
By SmokeRngs on 7/24/2007 6:17:48 PM , Rating: 3
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In my mind, 'the next gen' gaming console has to satisfy at least these three technical criteria:
- fully support HDTV resolution
- fully support Online gaming for all 'next-gen' releases
- provide full range of Home Media Center functionality


Very interesting.

There has never been a next gen console before the Xbox360? Everything has been the same since the first ever console made according to your definition.

This is why you cannot use any specific "feature" to ever define what is or is not "next-gen". A definition like this must be generalized. Your definition is completely personal opinion.

None of the current three new consoles are next-gen. They have all been released. Therefore, they are the current generation of consoles.


RE: What are the totals?
By Netscorer on 7/24/2007 8:58:26 PM , Rating: 2
I don't get you. What's not specific about the criteria I named?
Do I have to spell out HDTV resolution to you? Were there any consoles in the market before Xbox 360 and later PS3 that support it? Have you played real HDTV game on a big screen before lashing out here?
Or how about full support for online gaming. Microsoft created a great service that provides a backbone for all game publishing houses to deploy their games for online playing. Again, no console manufacturer till now has put such thought in online gaming support.
And Home Media Center is IMO becoming most crucial feature. Again, Microsoft, for the most part, seems to make it just right. And Sony will be there very very soon and can actually eclipse Xbox 360 due to the inclusion of the Blue-Ray player.
As for the 'next gen' moniker, I feel it is justified because there are two generations of consoles on the market at the same time. PS2 represents the old gen and PS3 and Xbox 360 - new, or 'next' one.
Wii is somewhere in between. They have a great idea for innovative controllers but too few games that take full advantage of them. And their lack of HDTV, online and Media center functionality will make them an afterthought once initial admiration with novelty will fade.


RE: What are the totals?
By SmokeRngs on 7/25/2007 10:45:22 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I don't get you. What's not specific about the criteria I named?


Please re-read my post. I said your criteria is too specific and that is where the problem is. Also, your criteria read like a feature list of the Xbox360 and PS3 which points to having "decided" your criteria for "next gen" after the consoles were released.

As someone else mentioned, next gen actually means nothing more than the next iteration of the console. Xbox->Xbox360, PS2->PS3 and Gamecube->Wii all show examples of successive generations of consoles. Your personal opinion of what you want as a feature has nothing to do with determining what constitutes next gen.

quote:
Do I have to spell out HDTV resolution to you? Were there any consoles in the market before Xbox 360 and later PS3 that support it? Have you played real HDTV game on a big screen before lashing out here?


HD is old news for myself and many others which probably includes you. Technically speaking, I would not be surprised if anything over the resolution of DVD would be considered HD. The defined HD resolutions for TV displays are nothing more than the standards for HD concerning TV screens. Gaming on the computer has been in HD resolution territory for many years now. I also don't care for a big screen TV anyway. Due to dot pitch and other similar things, big screen TVs look terrible unless viewed from a long distance in my opinion.

Consoles making use of HD resolutions, while groundbreaking for consoles, isn't that big of a deal to me. If you would re-read my post, you would understand that the point I tried to make is that according to your definition of next gen console, there was never a previous next gen console. Your definition states that the PS2 was never a next gen console nor was the SuperNES, or the N64 or the Gamecube or any other console that was a successor to a previous console. Technically, being a successive console should not even be a criteria. The original Xbox was a next gen console. Even though it was the first one for Microsoft, it was still released roughly around the time the PS2 was released (if I remember correctly) and therefore, was part of that generation. The generation a console is has more to do with the time of the release than anything.

quote:
Or how about full support for online gaming.


Truthfully, how many people actually care about this? I'll even take percentages. The majority of people don't really care about online gaming that much, especially on a console. There are exceptions concerning certain games, but those games cater more towards the audience which likes online play.

I'm not saying there is anything wrong with online play. On certain games it's very important to me. In the future I expect online play will be more important with more people interested in it or as older generations are pushed aside by younger generations.

quote:
And Home Media Center is IMO becoming most crucial feature.


Again, this is just your opinion. I don't have a problem with your opinion but do not try to make your opinion a requirement. The majority of people are content to keep their multimedia uses in the hands of a disc or tape player and don't show any signs of changing soon. I'm not saying people will not move to a media center machine eventually, but the demand really isn't out there right now. I also think more people would prefer a standalone unit to do this rather than a gaming machine. That is just my opinion, though.

quote:
And their lack of HDTV, online and Media center functionality will make them an afterthought once initial admiration with novelty will fade.


When is the novelty going to fade? The Wii has been selling out just about everywhere for 8 months and does not currently show signs of slowing down. How many months must a console lead in sales and for the most part sell out before it's no longer considered a novelty?


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