Wow. The Wii and the PS2 are outselling the PS3 in AMERICA? Holy crap, this isnt good for Sony.Originally Posted by monsters and critics
San Francisco - After years of languishing behind Sony and Microsoft, Japanese game-maker Nintendo has re-emerged as the top dog after its Wii video game console sold 436,000 units in January in the US, according to statistics Wednesday from research firm NPD.
The strong sales figures showed that the innovative Wii easily outsold its competitors. Microsoft's Xbox 360 sold 294,000 units and Sony's Playstation 3 sold 244,000 units. Sony's PS2, a seven-year-old games console, outsold the PS3 with nearly 300,000 units in January.
The figures appeared to vindicate Nintendo's revolutionary approach which emphasized fun games aimed at casual players who could control the action using an innovative motion-detection remote control unit. In contrast Microsoft and Sony both offer higher powered and more expensive machines that feature better graphics quality and are far more expensive. Both companies also positioned their consoles as the centrepiece of a digital entertainment system.
'I do think that we're selling to additional and different customers' compared with the competition, said Perrin Kaplan, vice president of marketing at Nintendo of America, cited in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 'We've had an incredibly healthy start and we think there's going to be a pretty long tail on this product.'
The Financial Times reported meanwhile that sales momentum for the Wii, which was launched last November, is so strong that many analysts believe it will be successful in drawing entire families into video gaming.
Yoshiyuki Kino****a, an analyst at Merrill Lynch, now predicts that by 2011, one-third of all Japanese households and 30 per cent of all US households will own a Wii, the report said.
The sales figures represented bad news for Sony, which badly needs to establish the PS3 as the dominant market leader in order to shore up the shaky consumer electronics company, analysts said.
'This is clear evidence that Sony needs to get the PS3's act together, because it is in poor shape right now,' Hiroshi Kamide of KBC Securities told the newspaper.