Can Nintendo’s Wii end up number one in market share?

“Late last month, San Diego-based DFC Intelligence raised more than a few eyebrows when it said that Sony could very well end up last in the next-gen gaming race, behind competitors Microsoft and Nintendo. Today, the research firm released an industry briefing, and its song remains largely the same,” Tim Surette reports for GameSpot.

“DFC begins by saying that Sony is currently the ‘king of the video game market,’ but with the PlayStation 3, it is clear that Sony is ‘handing its competitors a golden opportunity.’ The firm believes that the premium PS3’s $600 price tag will put off potential consumers, hurting the overall gaming market and possibly putting Sony dead last in terms of installed user base,” Surette reports.

“‘By letting Sony and Microsoft split the hardcore teenage/twenty-something video game marketplace, the Wii could end up number one in market share for the next generation,’ said DFC,” Surette reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Not Apple-related, but may be interesting to some MDN readers. We’re going to follow the story of Nintendo’s Wii for pretty obvious reasons.

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37 Comments

  1. Told my brother to jump ship and get the next gen Nintendo instead of Sony. What Sony is doing is crazy and they will get a rude awakening.
    They really gambled with the Blu-Ray, may not pay off.
    Can’t wait to see how it plays out.

  2. “Can Nintendo’s Wii end up number one in market share?”

    Oui.

    (In honor of Ampar – may he enjoy his six months of severance and plan many devious ways to get back at his former boss)

    P.S. Sugar in the gas tank or a Coke on the paint job still work well.

  3. anyone who knows anything about gaming, knows Sony is going to fail, and Nintendo is going to KILL. it’s not even a question of ‘if’, we’re just waiting for it to be released (hopefully 11-6).

  4. Oh just you wait and see

    Right now the word is IBM is producing a lot of Cell processors with 6 functional cores instead of the 7 (of 8 total) Sony says it needs for the PS3.

    Even with 6 cores this is one hell of a gaming chip. (beats the PPC Quad and any dual Dual Core Xeon box Apple is rumored to unveil soon)

    There was one demo-ed with all full 8 cores going that was processing eight different video channels on huge plasma display all in High Def. A multi-media dream chip.

    Once a few early adopters have this PS3 in their homes, the craze will begin.

    Nits and M$ will look like a worn out hooker in comparision to Mrs. PS3 hotness.

  5. As some coporate execs have pointed out, the price of the Wii compared to the price of the 360 or the PS3, makes the next gen console wars not a question of which system will be you buy but which system will you buy in addition to the Wii? If you’re going to spend 400-600 for a system why not add on another 150-200 for the Wii with a radically new video game experience and a whole arcade of classics that you grew up with? In terms of units sold I think nintendo is going to be number one by a good margin but that doesn’t mean MS and Sony aren’t going to move hundreds of millions of their consoles too.

  6. Wii can dominate in sales thanks to its low price, exclusive titles and innovative controller. The PS3 and XBox 360 may split the high-end console gamer market but more of those people will have a Wii than the other high-end console.

    On another note, wouldn’t it be great if the Wii controller could be used with Macs? Imagine using it as a wireless mouse replacement for a Mac Mini connected to a television. I hope a shareware program will be able to do this soon after Wii gets released.

  7. I know for one I will buy a Wii for the same reason I bought a DS light. Nintendo makes fun games that can be played for a long time. Also Nintendo tends to make there products like Apple and last a long long time.
    Sony is going down with the PS3 and the doomed PSP. The UMD disks are not even going to be sold in stores anymore, how sad is that the only thing that it had going for it.

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