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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 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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?


"Game reviewers fought each other to write the most glowing coverage possible for the powerhouse Sony, MS systems. Reviewers flipped coins to see who would review the Nintendo Wii. The losers got stuck with the job." -- Andy Marken

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