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Even though sales of such video game systems as Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3/2 as well as handheld Nintendo DS and Sony PlayStation Portable dropped in April, video game business in general remained on the very high level thanks to extremely popular titles like Grand Theft Auto 4 (GTA4) as well as exceptionally strong sales of Nintendo Wii console and its software, recent figures from NPD show.

Video Game Market on the Rise

“The industry continues to set a blistering sales pace, and now shows a year-to-date increase of 31% over last year’s record-setting revenues. This is the first month in many that we’ve seen a decrease in portable hardware and software sales, but it’s important to remember that this year, the Easter holiday fell in March as compared to April in 2007. April 2007 and March 2008 saw sizable games in portable in part due to the holiday timing,” said Anita Frazier, an analyst from NPD, in a statement.

The entire game market – which, includes both hardware and software – accounted for $1.23 billion in April, or 47% higher than in April, 2007. Gamers acquired over 1.2 million of non-portable game consoles and 607.5 thousand of handheld game systems for $426.2 million, up 26% from the same period last year, but down from March ‘08. Software sales totaled $654.7 million, up 68% year over year, whereas sales of video game accessories increased 39% to $154 million.

Wii Outsells All the Other Game Consoles

With 714.2 thousand video game systems sold in April, Nintendo Wii outsells all the other non-portable game consoles available today – Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 2 and Sony PlayStation 3 – combined.

“As retail supplies become more plentiful we’re seeing continued sales strength of Wii hardware. With a couple of blockbuster games already in the market this year, and with Wii Fit and Rock Band still to come in the next two months, the pipeline of content to continue to drive hardware acquisition looks very good,” Ms. Frazier said.


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Neither Microsoft, nor Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., can blame supply constraints for relatively low sales results of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360: both consoles dropped to below 50 thousand units sold through a week in April, which is rather an indicator that both consoles are overprice.

Sales of Microsoft Xbox 360 have not dropped below 200 thousand level following price-slash in August ’07, but with 188 thousand units sold-through in April, it becomes clear that the platform is losing popularity among consumers. Sony PlayStation 3 also became more popular after the price-cut in October and due to holiday season, however, even despite of Grand Theft Auto 4 and Grand Tourismo 5 Prologue releases the PlayStation 3 did not manage to beat even the Xbox 360. Sales of the PS2 also declined last month.

“It was surprising not to see bigger hardware sales for the Xbox 360 and the PS3 given the release of GTA IV. However, since the game was only in the market for 5 days during this reporting period, that sales lift could very well be evident in May data,” Ms. Frazier assumed.

It is interesting to note that sales of handheld game consoles also declined in April. According to NPD, end-users bought 414.8 thousand of Nintendo DS and 192.7 thousand of PlayStation Portable, which is significantly less compared to March, when Nintendo sold 698 thousand DSes, while Sony supplied 297 thousand of PSPs.

Grand Theft Auto 4 – Fastest Selling Title in History

“GTA IV captured two of the three top game spots, realizing an attach rate of 20% to the combined Xbox 360 and PS3 install bases. With only 5 days at retail during the reporting month, GTA IV is one of the fastest-selling titles in video games history,” the analyst from NPD said.

However, not only Take-Two’s highly-anticipated block-buster title was a huge winner in April in the U.S. Content from Nintendo and for Wii dominated the Top 10, which means that casual gamers, who acquired Wii, do buy game titles in massive quantities, something, which will not remain unnoticed by game developers.

“In a classic example of counter-programming, Mario Kart for the Wii captured the second-highest game sales for the month. It’s unusual for three games to exceed the 1-million mark in a non-holiday month which just goes to prove that great content can succeed regardless of when it is launched,” claimed Ms. Frazier.

The NPD analysts further predicted the rise of software sales for video game consoles.

“At this point in the console transition we’d expect to see a greater portion of total industry sales to come from console software sales and in fact console software sales were up 121% accounting for 44% of total industry revenues,” Ms. Frazier explained.

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I still dont see why the Wii sells so well other then price. There is a total of 5 games thats worth dam on the system and go figure their first party nintendo games.Its no secret the the Wii has the worse games of all 3 consoles.I use mine more for the old school downloads and backwards play for GC games.There is nothing else worth to get on it.
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It is clear that Nintendo Wii has good graphics. It just depends on what games you buy. You should buy Madden NFL 07 , Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 , Need For Speed Carbon , Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam , Prince of Persia Rival Swords , The Sims 2: Castaway , Tonony Hawk's Proving Ground , Transformer: The Game , Marvel Ultimate Alliance , Rampage: The Total Destruction , All of the Metroid games , TMNT , SSX Blur , and a whole lot more. You Just haven't tried enough of the games yet.
0 0 [Posted by: MRS. Nintendo  | Date: 08/11/09 12:26:14 PM]
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"I still dont see why the Wii sells so well other then price.
I use mine more for the old school downloads and backwards play for GC games.There is nothing else worth to get on it."


You don't see why the Wii sells so well??
Try to understand yourself first and than you can see why the Wii sells so well.
You bought one..undertand that.

That's why despite the Wii being the most debunked console on the internet still sells as number 1.

One of it's biggest supporters financialy seem to be it's biggest critics (or should I say former PS1 and PS2 fanbois that are still too poor to buy a PS3 and have a hard time to cope with reality as their fav system suddenly slipped to No 3 in the market).

That's Irony for ya.
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Look at comment number for and try those games before you bad mouth The Nintendo Wii and/or The Nintendo Company.
0 0 [Posted by: MRS. Nintendo  | Date: 08/11/09 12:28:27 PM]
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ugh the grafix of Wii and DS make me feel lyk pukin. MARK MY WORDS PS3 WILL BE THE WINNER THIS TYM...
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If you would read comment number four answer by Mrs. Nintendo and buy those games you will see what you said is wrong and those graphics on those games are hot as hell. And you MARK MY WORDS AND REMEMBER THEM THE NINTENDO WII , NINTENDO DS , AND THE NINTENDO COMPANY WILL BE NUMBER 1 THIS AND WILL BE THE NUMBER 1 GAME COMPANY OF ALL TIMES. XBOX WILL COME IN AS NUMBER 2 GAME COMPANY THIS TIME AND NUMBER 1 GAME COMPANY OF ALL TIMES.
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I think all of the game system companys have some horrible graphics. Some of Nintendo's grand Theft Auto games graphics are awesome , some are alright , some are ok , and some are awful. Some of Playstation's games has horrible graphics too their games called Buzz Quiz World , Hot Shot Golf , LittleBigPlanet ( Little Big Planet) , LittleBigPlanet , Little Big Planet , PixelJunk Monster Deluxe , Petz Dogz Family , Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs , Hannah montana Rock out the show ,G - Force , Unbound Saga , Cid The Dummy , Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings , Up , Potapan 2 , Hammerin Hero , Scrabble , Umihara Kawase , Dungeon Maker 2: The Hidden War , Ratchet and Clank , Ben Ten: Alien Force , Buzz Master Quiz , Pipe Mania , Crash Mind Over Mutant , Monster Jam , Secret Agent Clank , Hell Boy: Science of Evil , Lego Batman , N+ , Cake Mania: Baker's Challenge , Code Lyoko: Quest of Infinity , Hot Shots , Hot Shots Golf Open Tee 2 , Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Movies , R - Tpye Command , Chameleon , SNK Arcade Classics Volume 1 , Echochrome , Bomberman Land , wipEout Pulse , Pure wipEout , wipEout Pure , Chess Master: The Art of Learning , Potapan , Puzzle Guzzle , Blokus Portable: Steamboat Championship , flOw , Rainbow Islands Evolution , Ape Quest , Atari Classics Evolved , LUXOR Pharoah's Challenge , MX Vs. ATV Untamed , Beats , Crash of the Titans , Napolean Dynamite , Ben 10: Protector of Earth , Sega Rally Revo , Thrillville: Off the Rails , Hot Pixel , Spelling Challenges and more , Super Collapse , Super Collapse 1, Super Collapse 2 , Super Collapse 3, Worms Open Warefare , Worms Open Warfare 2 , Worms Open Warfare 3 , Yu-Gi-Oh GX Tag Forces , and whole lot more of Playstations games graphics are horrible. Playstation has a whole lot more horrible graphics then Nintendo does. Some of Xbox game graphics are horrible too.
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