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Nintendo Wii still in the lead of console sales

The videogame sector had a blowout month in December thanks to a strong slate of popular titles and the continued strength of the Nintendo Co. Wii, which remained in short supply through the holidays. Sales of videogame software in the U.S. jumped 36% during the month compared to last year, according to data from NPD Group released late Thursday. That came in ahead of most analysts’ estimates. Sales of game hardware grew 17% as consumers continued to snap up next-generation consoles from Nintendo, Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp. The Nintendo Wii ruled the day, coming in with sales of 1.35 million units for the month compared with 1.26 million units for the Xbox 360 and 797,600 units for the PlayStation 3. The PS3 has seen a huge boost in sales over the last two months thanks to a sharp price reduction for the console, which debuted on the market in late 2006 at the high price of $600.

The Wii finished the year as the top-selling console, with nearly 6.3 million units sold domestically. That compares to 4.6 million units for the Xbox 360 and nearly 2.6 million units for the PS3 for the year, according to NPD data. Among handheld devices, the Nintendo DS fared even better, with 8.5 million in sales for the year compared to 3.8 million for the Sony PSP. For game software, sales totaled more than $8.6 billion in the U.S. for the year, up 34% from the previous year. The most popular games in November remained at the top of the list for December. The top-selling game of the month was “Call of Duty 4″ from Activision Inc., which moved nearly 1.5 million units. Activision also had the No. 3 title for the month with “Guitar Hero III” for the PlayStation 2, which moved 1.25 million units.

Source: WSJ 


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  1. jared
    January 19th, 2008 | 11:13

    i guess there’s more senior citizen’s enjoying it as much as kids and parents, it is a family console

  2. asdf
    January 19th, 2008 | 11:18

    Its not a big surprise really that wii had the lead. Since PS3 hasnt gotten games worth buying yet to make some even consider buying it yet. And Wii has gotten few worth while titles.

  3. asd
    January 19th, 2008 | 11:26

    these numbers show only the sales in the US :(
    US isnt everything…

  4. dekoder
    January 19th, 2008 | 11:43

    My Wii are collecting dust now, I got my Xbox360 now and is much more funnier.

  5. NPD
    January 19th, 2008 | 12:13

    LMFAO, you guys are wrong by a billion kilometers.

    Jan. 17th, 2008

    Xbox 360 Drives the Video Game Console Industry in 2007: NPD data released today confirms consumers spent more dollars on Xbox 360 in 2007, with more than $13.7 billion in total consumer spending. Xbox 360 won 2007 with $4.8 billion in total consumer spend compared to Wii with $3.5 billion and PlayStation 3 with $2.2 billion. This wraps up a historic year, with NPD reporting consumers have spent nearly 45 percent of total industry figures on Xbox 360.

    Here is a quick snapshot of what is driving revenue for Xbox 360, based on the latest reports from NPD and Microsoft data:

    * XBOX 360 WIDENS THE GAP OVER PS3 WITH CONSOLE SALES: According to NPD, Xbox 360 sold 1.3 million consoles in December alone, and has steadily widened the gap between Sony’s PlayStation 3 console sales. In December, NPD stated that Sony sold 798,000 PS3 hardware units. Since PS3’s launch in November 2006, Xbox 360 has outsold PS3 by nearly 2:1 on average, bringing a total U.S. Xbox 360 install base of 9.2 million consoles, compared to and installed base of 7.4 million Wii consoles and 3.3 million PS3 consoles.

    * GAMES DRIVE INDUSTRY GROWTH: Xbox 360 robust games portfolio spans across the highest-ranked AAA titles to the largest collection of “Everyone” and “Teen” rated games. According to NPD, of the top 20 best-selling titles in 2007 for this generation, 11 were on Xbox 360; while only seven were sold on the Wii and two sold on the PS3.

    o NPD reported that this holiday’s leading multiplatform blockbusters continue to sell better on Xbox 360:
    + “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare” for Xbox 360 was the leading game last month with 1.5 million copies sold, outselling the PS3 version nearly 3:1.
    + “Assassin’s Creed” for Xbox 360 was the fourth best selling title, having sold 894,000 units. It outsold the PS3 version more than 2:1.
    + “Guitar Hero III” outsold the PS3 nearly 2:1, having sold 625,000 copies.
    + “Rockband” continues to rock the charts, selling 463,000 units for the Xbox 360 platform, compared to 174,000 units for the PS3
    o To date, 33 third party games on Xbox 360 hit the top 10 list across all consoles compared to five third party games on PS3, and four on Wii. These results confirm that third party partners create better games and reap more sales on Xbox 360 than any other platform.
    o In its fourth month on the market, Halo 3 continued its strong performance and was the sixth best selling title in December, selling another 742,000. In 2007, NPD projects that Halo 3 has sold 4.8 million units in the U.S. since its launch in September.
    o Xbox 360 continues to lead in number of games sold per console, setting another record with an attach rate of 7.0 games per console.

    * XBOX LIVE SETS NEW HEIGHTS: Xbox LIVE’s network is 10 million members strong and growing, achieving membership goals six months ahead of schedule. Only on Xbox LIVE can members experience the largest catalog of on-demand, high-definition content in the U.S., including movies and television shows from our most recent partners: Disney-ABC Television Group and MGM Studios.

    We’re not slowing down in 2008. The next versions of powerhouse franchises like “Grand Theft Auto,” “Resident Evil” and sports games like “Madden”, “FIFA”, and “Pro Evolution Soccer” open up a new arena for game play on Xbox 360. This year we will make great strides toward improving our brand appeal to consumers interested in more physical game play. With titles like “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock,” “Rock Band” and “Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action” we’re creating interactive experiences on Xbox 360 for the entire family.

  6. Dean
    January 19th, 2008 | 12:15

    You are very correct… i wonder where martin got his values.

  7. matt
    January 19th, 2008 | 12:39

    While the figures in number five might be accurate its does seem to be a Microsoft press release so i would take it with a grain of salt.

  8. zoids
    January 19th, 2008 | 12:40

    i heard martin say console sales not over all sales but i could be wrong

  9. NPD
    January 19th, 2008 | 12:41

    LMFAO @7! Actually these are the “REAL” NPD numbers. This info is posted on Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox, forums. You must be an N-Fanboy to take the NPD numbers with a grain of salt.

  10. Anathema
    January 19th, 2008 | 12:45

    These consoles are one of the reason whys theres been a decline in Album and Singles sales and decline in Cinema ticket sales.

    But we (downloaders) will continue to get the flak for every loss of income in the market today.

  11. Ruud
    January 19th, 2008 | 12:48

    You guys are wrong, the NPD numbers show game sales where the article is referring to the actual console sales. Martin is making no claims about who is selling most games.
    X is probably making the money while N is working on expanding consumer base.

  12. bob
    January 19th, 2008 | 13:30

    this headline is false… xbox360 leads console sales.the Wii is currently outselling ps3 and x360 but it does NOT lead in console sales.

  13. xtazy
    January 19th, 2008 | 13:40

    i remember saying to myself that the wii would nvr catch on… i said it was a gimik… thru sales alone i don’t think u can say its the most popular… yeah on sales… but on satisfaction? probably another story

  14. d_yen
    January 19th, 2008 | 13:55

    I own a Wii and think it is very good value.

    I also own a PS3 and its been gathering dust for 6 months

    The games for PS3 are too short! Atleast Wii offers a good mixture of good old platform stuff and good interactive games!

    This will all change with Grand Theft Auto i think! :D

  15. mupet0000
    January 19th, 2008 | 14:37

    im waiting for the ps3 to be hacked, i already have one though.

  16. Outsidemywindow
    January 19th, 2008 | 14:56

    No one has a PS3 collecting dust. People who say they do are lying.

  17. Dean
    January 19th, 2008 | 15:41

    @18 let me disappoint you, my friends PS3 is really gathering dusts. He’s always here with us for the fun/love of x360.

  18. jared
    January 19th, 2008 | 15:45

    360 for life! (til it dies) then getting another one, i was a sony fan since ps1 era, then got the ps2, loved it, now xbox360 is a lot more fun than i anticipated, and wont be turning back

  19. The One
    January 19th, 2008 | 15:59

    I just got a HDTV and guess which system I bought. A ps3 .. why…blueray player.. Its the best value out there. And I did some searching..There are a few real good games for it to. I also like the fact I can stream my divx file from my PC to it. Plus you can install linux on it. How cool is that? For $399 its not to bad of a value plus you can get up to six blueray movies with it for free and free shipping if you buy from amazon. To good of a deal to pass up if you have a HDTV. Plus PS3 outputs in 1080p and upconverts you regular DVD’s to that resolution too. I am just having to much fun. A wii what? Sure if yuo like to just game maybe..But if you like to do so much more a PS3 is a great deal!

  20. Blu-Ray is God
    January 19th, 2008 | 16:20

    @5 : I think that you are a bit confused my friend.The numbers you posted are those of games per console sold and the numbers of console sales theselves.

    The 360 is indeed at the top for the number of games sold but the Wii is 1st when it come to the # of the console sold.

    Try again

  21. hiyou2000
    January 19th, 2008 | 16:22

    360 will win the war.

    simply put, let’s say you own both 360 and Wii, and there’s a game available for both consoles, which one would you pick?

    360 ofc, for better graphism.

    Look at the game selling numbers too, Halo 3 and CoD 4(360) were the best selling games this year.

    On the contrary note, look at Wii gamemarket, beside Nintendo games, is there a single console exclusive hit from 3rd party? None.

  22. Blu-Ray is God
    January 19th, 2008 | 16:23

    @15 : Your PS3 won’t be collecting any dust from 2008 and beyond.The lineup for this year is fantastic and the PS3 will get a major boost.

    I agree that 2007 was a bit short for games but this is about to change drastically.

  23. jmd
    January 19th, 2008 | 16:38

    #25 is probably right. I prefer the 360′s hardware and price.. but I have held off buying either because I am a huge Final Fantasy fan and I will most likely end up buying the PS3 for FF13/versus.

  24. TheFilmBuff
    January 19th, 2008 | 16:42

    I personally have a Wii and love it, I own 20 games not including Wii sports or Wii Play and about 15 virtual console games. I’ve been thinking about getting a 360 for awhile because of the extensive game library but can’t justify the purchase right now. I’d also run into a problem if I were to buy a 360 because unfortunatly i don’t have enough open component inputs open and don’t have HDMI due to it’s a older 1080p 56″ Widescreen Mitsubishi and also wouldn’t be able to run it through my surround sound because the Surround sound receiver is in a cabinet on the other side of the room… The PS3 imho is a waste of money sure it has blu-ray and plays games… but you have to wait to get to the PS3 menu to even start the blu-ray movie which on a standalone blu-ray player isn’t an issue… and as for the games i really haven’t seen any games that are specifically for the PS3 that justify buying it… the other problem with the PS3 is that you either have to keep your old ps2 to get backwards compatibility or dish out an extra 100 dollars for something that should be standard regardless of the price. Thats just my 2 cents…

  25. JimmyStewart
    January 19th, 2008 | 17:06

    I’ve got all three… and I’ve got to say, I don’t really see the Wii as a “console”. In our house we basically use ours when company comes over. When we want to play games we always fire up the 360, and for a few games the PS3.
    We just honestly never use the Wii… part of it definitely is how it looks but also it’s that in principal it’s a novelty item. It’s great when we’ve got family and friends over and we’ve all been drinking, but when we’re playing solo it just feels like a gimmick. The vast majority of the games are very similar with little depth. Only a few Wii games really stand out.
    To be honest the Wii is the only console I really regret buying.

  26. Outsidemywindow
    January 19th, 2008 | 17:18

    Blu ray disks play as soon as you put it in the PS3(unless you change it in system settings). Once again people talking, without knowing what they are talking about.

  27. GDesigner
    January 19th, 2008 | 18:51

    So much misinformation out there…

    Numbers skew A LOT when you look at titles like COD4 that are available on both the 360 and PS3 or titles like Madden 2008 that are availble on all three next-gen systems. I don’t really cinsider the Wii a “next-gen” system since the graphics are still 480p, but I digress. The 360 had better than a year’s headstart on the PS3 and Wii. The graphics were a huge improvement over all three consoles: XBOX, PS2, and Gamecube. The difference in graphics between the PS3 and 360, so far, is negligible. In fact, some games that were originally designed for the 360 and ported out to the PS3 actually look better on the 360 even though the PS3 is more powerful, all things considered. So, there’s no real push for a 360 owner to get a PS3 unless they just HAVE to have certain PS3 exclusive titles.

    That said, if a game that is released for both platforms comes out, one would EXPECT the 360 version of the game to win in sales! More people own a 360 than a PS3. That isn’t disputed. I would expect GH:III to sell more copies on the 360 than the PS3. I would expect COD4 to sell more copies on the 360 than the PS3. These bloated game sales numbers can be deceptive when extrapolating raw sales to determine long-term system viability.

    A better evaluator would be percentage change for console sales or even percentage titles purchased vs consoles sold. The 360 had a huge library of games when the PS3 came out of the gate. The PS3 offered much cheaper console options than the PS3 did initially. But I actually thought the internal BD player on the PS3 was a brilliant move. Sure, it made the system more expensive early on, but it’s the reason why BD seems poised to win, and, as mentioned, it’ll mean a huge boost in sales for the PS3 console once that news hits the truly mainstream. Just let the PS3 narrow the time gap, and we’ll see what happens.

    My money is on Microsoft releasing a new console in a year or two after the PS3 starts mopping it up. Game developers are just starting to take advantage of the PS3′s architecture, and the ability to put 25-50GB of data on a game disc vs the 360′s 9GB raises the PS3′s ceiling considerably. Bottomline, the 360 has essentially maxed out its capabilities. I believe the PS3 will begin to pull away soon.

    Regarding the Wii, it seems to have really hung on. I thought it was going to be a fad system, but I think it is helped by its low price. I imagine most people don’t own a Wii exclusively. Myself, I have a PS3 and a Wii. The gf bought me a Wii for my bday, and I bought the PS3 less than a month later. I just don’t want to HAVE to use motion controls whenever I play a game. Then again, there are some games like bowling, baseball, golf, etc that I would NEVER play on a console if not for the Wii’s innovative controls. That said, I imagine many if not most Wii owners own another console made possible by the Wii’s relatively low price.

    Really, no console is going anywhere. The popular thinking used to be that the market couldn’t support two consoles. Then the PS1 proved that wrong. Next, we were told that the market couldn’t support three consoles. The XBOX proved that wrong…even though the Gamecube jeopardized Nintendo’s future. I see no reason why the PS3 will be “hocked”, and the Wii appears to be selling A LOT of units. When MS releases an internal BD console, I’ll probably buy that.

  28. random
    January 19th, 2008 | 18:54

    Its pointless arguing about which player is better because the cheap $100 HD-DVD players are much better than the one you can get for the X360.
    Also theres no point in using US sales figures only and worldwide the Wii has already outsold the 360.


  29. MoSigma
    January 19th, 2008 | 19:18

    I have a Wii. And that is the most greatest comment out of all of what has previously been written here. I’ve only owned two consoles (NES and PS1) and a hand held (Gamegear). Once I went strictly PC for ALL of my entertainment, I never looked at consoles again.

    But then it happended. I was intrigued by the hype of PS3, 360 and Wii. I did my own homegrown research from a totally unbiased level. Before I settled on a console, I pretty much hated them all.

    But the one that won my heart, body and soul was the Wii. It won me over and now I have one. And I am the more happier from having gotten one. The PS3 and 360 have some points that are much stronger than Wii and I would be the last to try to form an argument in defense of the Wii against them. But for overall pure enjoyment and satisfaction for the casual gamer or for the down to earth family with children, the Wii is my choice time and time again… hands down.

  30. demon
    January 19th, 2008 | 20:18

    No way Xbox360 is leading in console sales over the wii. You cannot find wii’s anywhere in the states and if you do they dont sit on the shelves very long. Every reseller I ever spoke to (gamestop, best buy, and circuit city) claim that the wii’s are the best sellers bar none.

  31. Respect-My-Authority
    January 19th, 2008 | 20:33

    @ 5

    If that was an NPD press release then read this following paragraph taken from it.

    “Only on Xbox LIVE can members experience the largest catalog of on-demand, high-definition content in the U.S., including movies and television shows from our most recent partners: Disney-ABC Television Group and MGM Studios.”

    If it’s an NPD press release, then why would it say, and I quote, “moviews and television shows from OUR most recent…”

    Why would NPD use the word “OUR” if they are talking about Xbox 360. They would have put “shows from THEIR most…”

    That alone makes me feel like this release is in fact from Microsoft.

  32. Respect-My-Authority
    January 19th, 2008 | 20:44

    @33 MoSigma (aka, Guy With a Wii)

    I totally agree with your comment. And the best console is different to everyone. It depends highly on what YOU want, and what suits YOUR needs. I would definitely recommend a Wii to a household with younger kids, to a household that is more likely to play a game if it’s somewhat physical. I’ve heard that driving games are better on PS3, and shooter games are better on 360. If that’s the case, then pick one of the two that is better capable of playing the games you enjoy. I myself have an Xbox 360, but I’m not going to praise it. It works for me, and it does what I want it to do, and I’m satisfied with it. Does that mean it’s better than the PS3, and Wii? No. They all have their strong points, and you should pick your system based on what kinds of games you would like, or if you want to be more physical while you play your games, or maybe if you want to be able to play blu-ray movies, or HD movies. However, I enjoy games like Halo, Rainbow Six, Gears of War, etc, so I feel the Xbox 360 is the best choice for me. I do enjoy racing games now and then, but not enough that it would have me buying a PS3 instead. Shooters are my personal favorite, so I feel I should stick with the 360 for now. I definitely want to check out the Wii though, and possibly the PS3 when it gets a few more games.

  33. NPD
    January 19th, 2008 | 21:40

    @35, stop being a fanboy jerkoff. Your wrong. NPD released those facts phuckface.

  34. zoids
    January 19th, 2008 | 22:32

    i have a wii and 360 now i must say the 360 kicks arse when it comes to full on gaming hands down but for a bloody super good happy fun time with friends and family the wii is amazing super mario galaxy is the bomb and raving rabids lots of fun

  35. matt
    January 20th, 2008 | 00:26


    Im sure the stats are right, but the way its worded givest he impression that xbox is deficating all over the competition (i like the Xbox). I just dont think what seems to be something taken from a Microsoft shareholders brochure is an unbiased view of the situation. To quote your article “latest reports from NPD and Microsoft data”. Like several people pointed out the article fails to mention that the x box has been out a full year longer after quoting total sales. A bit of referencing wouldnt go astray.

  36. JackOfNoTrade MasterOfNothing
    January 20th, 2008 | 05:48

    Well Wii is really affordable than the other competing consoles,and the gameplay is not that far from PS and XBOX.

    Guys, anyone knew a yaStorage or Flyupload or any “FAST” upload site of Canvas 2006 DVDRip XviD-VoMiT? Please…

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