Wii tops new console launches

Nintendo's upstart platform sells 1.1 million in 2006, versus 687,300 PS3s; both surpass the 607,000 Xbox 360s sold in 2005; 1.1 million 360s sold in December.

With the release of NPD Funworld's 2006 numbers today, one big question was answered. Namely, the figures revealed which of the three formerly next-generation consoles sold the most at launch.

To those following the industry, the winner should come as no surprise. From its release on November 19 until December 31, over 1.1 million "new-gen" Wiis were sold in the US. That was nearly double the approximately 687,300 PlayStation 3s sold following its November 17 launch until the end of the year. By comparison, the just over 607,000 Xbox 360s were sold in 2005 following its November 22 launch.

During December 2006, the 360 sold over 1.1 million units, no doubt benefiting from scant supplies of the PS3 and the popularity of Gears of War. As of the end of 2006, Microsoft's console had sold just over 4.5 million units in the US, and over 10.4 million worldwide.

But before the Nintendo faithful begin writing epitaphs for Sony and Microsoft, NPD Senior Marketing Manager David Riley said the only thing holding back the 360 and PS3 was production capacity. "Comparing the three consoles is like apples and oranges," he told GameSpot. "It was all about availability. Microsoft and Sony were moving them as fast as they could put them out. [But] Nintendo was on the ball."

Riley also thought the PS3's high price--$499 for the 20GB model, $599 for the 60GB--wasn't as large a factor as many have made it out to be. "I think price plays a role there, but remember during the holiday season people have deep pockets," he said. "Kids know what they want, and if they tell mom to go buy a PS3 and she comes home with a Wii, they won't be happy."

Fundamentally, though, Riley thinks that there are no losers in the next-gen console war--only winners. "I know plenty of gamers who own multiple platforms. That's why I despise the term console wars," he said. "I have all three, and I buy the software I want for each one."

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all i know is i have $400 in bestbuy giftcards and I am trying to hold out and get a wii... but since christmas i started off with $750... so hopefully BB can get some Wii's in stock so i dont end up blowing all of my giftcards....

Good for Nintendo. Cheap sells though. Along with the cheap price and the extrapolation type controller, you knew the Wii's launch would be a winner. The PS3 and the 360 are targeted more to hardcore gamers.

"I think price plays a role there, but remember during the holiday season people have deep pockets," he said. "Kids know what they want, and if they tell mom to go buy a PS3 and she comes home with a Wii, they won't be happy."

Deep pockets or not, any kid of mine pulls a stunt likes that gets a boot up their ass and a pup tent outside. Is there no gratitude these days or is everything for granted?

Overseer said,

Deep pockets or not, any kid of mine pulls a stunt likes that gets a boot up their ass and a pup tent outside. Is there no gratitude these days or is everything for granted? :angry:

Both.

At the end of the day, Nintendo are showing what happens when you do everything right and not rely on reputation, or brand name alone.

Nintendo make a profit on every sale, have sold x2 as much as the other 2, and had enough supply to meet a reasonable amount of demand. You have to hand it to them, the company that have argueably got it wrong for the last 10 years have certainly got it right at last.

and btw i have a 360 and am happy with it just am happy for nint for being clever

From its release on November 19 until December 31, over 1.1 million "new-gen" Wiis were sold in the US
During December 2006, the 360 sold over 1.1 million units


Nintendo make a profit on every sale, have sold x2 as much as the other 2,


not too good at your math huh ?

HawkMan said,


not too good at your math huh ? :p


I think he meant during the launch period of each console, as that's the comparison at the beginning of the article.

I expect if i was an NPD Senior Marketing Manager i would probably own all 3 consoles as well!

I mean come on - that arguement is like saying Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen don't need to compete "coz i own fookin loads of money and bought one of each!"

Yeah, we had quite a few PS3s just sitting on our shelves... But we can't keep Wiis in stock.

It's an excellent system, and it definitely deserves it.

That was nearly double the approximately 687,300 PlayStation 3s sold following its November 17 launch until the end of the year.
"It was all about availability. Microsoft and Sony were moving them as fast as they could put them out. [But] Nintendo was on the ball."

Hmm, really, it was about availability .. then what about the fact that sony bragged about over 1 millions units sold(shipped), in effect there was 400 thousand more units available than what was sold for the PS3, that doesn't indicate lack of supply to me. unless sony lied... But this is the one place I blieve them, since they reported units shipped to retailers as sales to look good instead of reporting the NPD that wasn't out yet.

Funnily though, the Wii sold more units to customers than the PS3 shipped to retailers :)


and wether the Riley guy hates the term console wars or not, most people aren't like him and can't afford 3 expensive console systems, much less games for all of them.

I admit i didn't read the entire article here, but lets be a little fair. As far as i know, the Nintendo Wii had a lot more available at launch compared to the Xbox 360 and the Sony PS3. Correct?


Note: I bought a Wii on release day. I don't own an Xbox or PS3.

Also note that there were reports of PS3 units sitting on the store shelves before the end of 2006 means that the demand might not have been as high as for the Wii. I don't know what the stock situation for the 360 was like the week after Christmas in 2005, so I can't compare. I personally saw at least one PS3 in a store shelf just before New Year's but have yet to see a Wii in stock anywhere.

Maybe but the same is true for Nintendo. Who knows how many more they would have sold if they would have had more consoles available as well? I wanted a Wii and I _still_ can't get them anywhere here (Madrid).