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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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motion controller
By exdeath on 7/24/2007 1:20:31 PM , Rating: 1
As soon as the novelty of motion control wears off, what does the Wii have going for it besides Metroid and Zelda just like the Gamecube?

Just buy Wiimotes and a Bluetooth dongle for your PC and go to town and skip the Wii altogether.

I'm sure they make Spongebob and Dora the Explorer for PC, not sure about Pokemon though.

Only reason I have a Wii is Zelda and Metroid and the fact that it consolidates my console collection since it also plays my Gamecube library, also consisting of Zelda and Metroid titles, and Resident Evil.

RE: motion controller
By encryptkeeper on 7/24/2007 3:33:25 PM , Rating: 3
Just buy Wiimotes and a Bluetooth dongle for your PC and go to town and skip the Wii altogether.

I'm sure they make Spongebob and Dora the Explorer for PC, not sure about Pokemon though.

You know, the next time you have a thought, you should just try to prevent yourself from expressing it. Seeing as how this is a tech website, you really need to know that the Wiimotes won't just work with something because it has bluetooth on it. I can't answer a goddamn call on my cell phone with my Wii controller just because they both have bluetooth. Is this making ANY sense?

RE: motion controller
By exdeath on 7/24/2007 4:26:02 PM , Rating: 2
And you really need to know that people have been using Wiimotes on the PC for a while now, the only thing lacking is the pointer functionality, but I imagine that around the corner or already here due to wireless third party sensor bars (ie: battery powered IR emitters like the Nyco that you can sit on top of your PC monitor without a special Wii connector)

Google GlovePIE and get back to me with your thoughts.

RE: motion controller
By encryptkeeper on 7/25/2007 11:57:16 AM , Rating: 2
GlovePIE...looks interesting, I'd never heard of it before.

Still, the motion control is the "novelty" of the Wii as you call it. There are still other features the Wii has that don't include motion control.

What ignorant people like you should recognize is the "novelty" of the PS3 or the Xbox 360 is the fact that they have pretty graphics. If you take those away, then you have the PS2, or the original XBox. Many people out there are starting to realize that the 360 and PS3's graphical power wears thin, and they want better gameplay, which the Wii can offer.

Nintendo decided to reduce the cost of the machine and make it only slightly more powerful while creating a new control scheme: therefore making a new audience and a whole new breed of possible games.

RE: motion controller
By ET on 7/24/2007 5:37:49 PM , Rating: 2
Why are you assuming that it's just a matter of novelty, and that it'd wear off? From my POV, it's the first ever reasonable controller system for a console. I'd never buy an Xbox 360 or a PS3 because the controllers are incredibly uncomfortable to use. My guess is that a lot of people who buy the Wii think this way.

I can see a lot of very nice stuff that can be done with this controller (and future ones, like what comes with Wii Fit), and hasn't been done yet. Given time, I think that'd make the Wii even more attractive over the other consoles, which have to rehase the same old control schemes.

As for having this on a PC, it's a lot less necessary. I'd continue to play games on my PC. The controls are better than what's available on the standard consoles, and there are more interesting games. That still leaves the Wii in a very good position. It looks good and takes little space in the living room, and I can play it with my wife.

RE: motion controller
By exdeath on 7/24/2007 5:57:18 PM , Rating: 2
It's a novelty because thats really the only thing the system has going for it. Really, take away the controllers and what do you have left? Absolutely nothing that the Gamecube couldn't have offered.

Other than exclusive first party Nintendo titles, cross platform games will almost always be better on the other platforms. We only say 'graphics don't make a good game' when the game sucks and has good graphics... but when the game play is good and is a given, the graphics are suddenly sorely missing. See how much fun it is sniping things with the bow in Zelda in a upscaled 480p glittery eyesore. True the graphics won't make the game but how much better would Zelda be in 1080p? When you put the controller down and say "wow that was an awesome game and I love the Wii... BUT and a big BUT, I wish it was 1080p". I know I did.

The big killer for the Wii IMO will be game titles because it looks like they just took all the $5 clearance Pokemon, Dora the Explorer, Spongebob, Powerpuff Girls, and Scooby Doo games off the dying Gamecube rack and put $49.99 Wii stickers on the cases. Outside of exclusive first party titles and a few games that are nothing but demonstrations of the controller, I just don't see much else.

Seriously, when you are done with Metroid and Zelda, and the motion control thing has become routine and no longer new and exciting, what else is left? Metroid Prime 4 hopefully. I just don't see people still getting excited playing Pong with their Wiimotes inside another year.

I'm not overly fond of the PS3 or 360 either. Dead Rising is the only reason I own a 360 and that's because I've long been craving a 'Dawn of the Dead' type game and I would have gotten whatever system had it (even though I gave up holding out for a much desired co-op mode). But one game for the whole system is more than I can even say for the PS3.

RE: motion controller
By encryptkeeper on 7/25/2007 9:48:31 AM , Rating: 1
It's a novelty because thats really the only thing the system has going for it. Really, take away the controllers and what do you have left? Absolutely nothing that the Gamecube couldn't have offered.

Well shit, since we're arguing, why don't level the playing field. Take away the graphics of the PS3 or the 360 and what do you have? Absolutely nothing that the PS2 or original XBox couldn't have offered!

BTW the Wii does have internal memory and all the Wii channels. It has wireless capabilities built in, and the ability to download classic game content, and view pictures and send and receive emails. Sure, that may pale to the main draw of the Wii which is the new games that can be created because of the new controller. But the same is true of ALL the consoles!

RE: motion controller
By exdeath on 7/26/2007 10:47:38 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah but the PS3 and 360 don't use a gimicky control scheme to try to hide the fact that they suck, and have nothing but rehashes of last gen titles (JFC how many versions of Madden could you possible need?). You know they suck. The Wii has everyone distracted with the motion control stuff so they don't know it sucks and that they are just playing pong on a Gamecube.


Oh and it really pissed me off that the sword in Zelda didn't swing the same direction that you swung the Wiimote; it just played a random canned animation when it detected movement on the controller period. So it ended up being like one of those boxing arcade games where you are supposed to be boxing like you're in the game, but instead you just stand there waving your fingers in front of the sensor to throw a punch; You're not swinging a sword, you're just shaking the controller furiously hoping it will swing on screen. Some innovation there. Guess they had to do something with all their warehouse of Gamecube and Powerglove parts.

Gaming hasn't been all that great since the SNES, the greatest game console ever made.

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