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Console Sales: Microsoft looking good, Nintendon’t


Believe it or not, people often ask me which gaming console is looking good (yes, for the purposes of this argument I am discounting PC’s) or which one I recommend they buy. I usually answer this by asking them “Well, that depends, what do you want it to do?”

You would be amazed at the amount of people who just stare at me blankly and then say something along the lines of “What do you mean?” (For future reference, I mean, what games do you like, do you want a Blu-ray player, is it for your kids, do you play online and how much do you want to spend).

But really, when comparing the sales of the three major gaming console companies (for those playing at home that's Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony) there is a much simpler answer which can be seen.

Namely: Microsoft is doing well, Sony is on a graceful decline and Nintendo is looking more screwed by the minute.

The proof? Let’s look at some figures.


  • Earlier this year stated they were over 55 million units sold for the Xbox 360
  • Sales in Q1 2011 were up 30% from Q1 2010
  • Over 10 million Kinects sold since they were launched last year
  • Probably sold a lot of computer software, not really relevant but I figured you’d want to see all their income avenues


  • Between April and June of this year, PS3 sold 1.8 million units compared to 2.4 million units at the same time last year
  • 50 million units sold as of June this year
  • Playstation 2 is STILL selling, longest running console of all time by a LARGE margin, 1.4 million units down from 1.6 million last year
  • PSP sales are up (wtf, did I miss a reason to buy one of these?) to 1.8 million compared to 1.2 million last year.


  • DS sales are at 1.4 million this quarter, compared to 3.1 million this time last year
  • Wii sales are at 1.5 million, down from 3 million
  • 3DS (which you would hope would be going pretty hard) hasn’t even sold a million units in the 6 months since it’s release, only 710,000 units sold

As you can see, Nintendo is really dropping the ball. I mean, sure I expected DS and Wii sales to go down and that wouldn’t really be an issue (considering the sheer amount of sales they are still doing) if the 3DS was looking promising or, you know, good in any way. I’ve been saying it about Nintendo for awhile and it only gets truer as time goes on, they are one of the most ingenius and innovative companies out there but they just don’t handle their systems well. Maybe if they released a few more games people wouldn’t feel the need to switch consoles, and wouldn’t be as reluctant to pick up a 3DS.

It seems Nintendo learnt nothing from the GameCube crisis of 2001-2005, where they basically bled money on a system that very few people were interested in. What saved them from going the way of Sega? The Wii. What can save them from their current financial woes? Well (they hope) the Nintendo Wii U.

Where do we go from here? Well I’m basically just waiting for someone to come in and say “PC IS BETTAR NEWAY!!!!111”.

Until then, I guess I’ll prop my feet up with this door stop. Oh wait, that’s my Wii. I haven’t used it in so long that I forgot it had any other purpose…

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