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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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By Barkuti on 7/24/2007 10:28:17 PM , Rating: 2
Nintendo is stealing the show this generation. Sorry for all Sony/MS zealot fanboys, that's the truth just observe & accept. Nintendo has always been #1 with regards to innovation, but also too protectionists and finicky, something that has held back their market share since old NES times; cartridges on N64? PSX was taking the market by storm, PS2 came early and continued the trend with upwards compatibility and their well stablished agreements with software companies. Gamecube? People was too busy with PS2. They did it again evolving the controller, but that was not enough for a machine just meant for gaming which coulnd't play DVDs (using minis). Sales were sluggish and so the software catalog which couldn't compete with PS2 even despite Nintendo's great games & efforts to put Mario in every kind of gaming genre.

Nintendo's competition has always taken/copied their innovations ideas, thus evolving in the process. N64 got sticks? So did PSX's pads (2x). Ergonomically speaking, XBOX 360's gamepads feel very similar to GameCube's ones (only difference in main buttons they just stuck to good old SNES/PSX layout which isn't bad)... Too bad big N has been slow to learn from the competition, until now.

Now that they've truly realized the fact that profits are a product of units sold per margins, they made the thing. Took the next step in controller evolution, making a much more appealing experience for everyone with their intuitive input devices; that's opening markets. Hardware? Take it easy. Just enhance GC's hardware a bit and keep the power consumption low, making a cool looking, small & lightweight machine, easy to carry to neighbour and friend's houses for multiplayer parties, that's where the meat is.
And this also means the machine is inexpensive to produce, so they are making the best sale profits from the beginning instead of losing money as it has been typically. Screw it into your head, hardware power isn't that important for the majority of people and for all of you who think it is, all I can say is get a life. No pun intended. I for one was one of those people spending loads of cash in watercooled rigs and uber graphics cards some years ago... to hell with it; I really never got close to the kind of fun I could get out of my N64 playing Perfect Dark/Smash Bros/Mario Tennis/Kart/Party etc. with all controller connectors filled.

HD capability? Couldn't care less also. I'm still enjoying those old 240 line 60 Hz (progressive on good old 15.75 KHz horizontal scan baby) arcade games from the past. Get a good old CRT arcade monitor, it will blow the quality of most cheap and not so cheap modern LCD's and plasmas for gaming, you can even get 768 line ("whatever"x768 res, 50 KHz horiz. scan) capable units.

Well enough talk. Bottom line, it's all about what you want and how you want to play it.
Buy the machine that has the games you want to play. That's it. For me, it's the multiplayer fun with close friends, food, beer, pot ;) or whatever.

Regards,
Salvador




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