NPD: Nintendo Wii tops Xbox, outsells Sony PS3 almost 2-to-1, now top-selling console

Overstock.com, Inc.“Sony’s new PlayStation 3 video game has gone from top dog to underdog in record time,” Mike Snider reports for USA Today.

“Despite the buildup and hype around its arrival in November, the PS3 has been outsold so far — at a rate of almost 2-to-1 — by the Nintendo Wii,” Snider reports. “In February, the Wii was the top-selling console video game system with an estimated 335,000 sold, outpacing the Microsoft Xbox 360 (228,000) and the PS3 (127,000), according to The NPD Group.”

“Nintendo’s $250 Wii, released the same week as the PS3 ($500-$600), has sold about 1.9 million so far, compared with 1.1 million PS3s,” Snider reports.

Snider reports, “Billy Pidgeon of IDC, in Framingham, Mass., expects the Wii to sell more than 16 million systems worldwide this year, compared with 10 million each for the PS3 and 360.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “iCrane” for the heads up.]

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55 Comments

  1. In this day and age, the regular consumer just wants to do more with less. Five to six-hundred dollars for a console is just too much. Sony will snatch up market share once it can produce a less expensive product (while still making a profit).

  2. The Wii is a lame gaming box for us adult types, but it’s a excellent electronic babysitter for the youngsters.

    The price is good too, it isn’t surprising it’s selling so well.

    Apparantly someone is paying attention to the market while Sony and Microsoft battle for the minds (and wallets) of adults in the living room.

    If you don’t already know, Sony and M$ expect their devices to replace the personal computer.

  3. I disagree with JadisOne. The Wii is more popular because it’s more fun. The regular consumer does care about price, but he cares more about game play. Nintendo did the smart thing by offering games that have, perhaps, obselete graphincs but are more fun to play.

    I know many people that have never owned a video game system that have purchased a Wii simply because it’s fun and easy. The PS3 only appeals to hard-core gamers, and that’s a small market.

  4. WiseGuy, I completely disagree.

    Sure, if your idea of adult entertainment is total immersion in mindless violence and gruesome death then the wii might not be your cup of tea. But the Wii has entirely changed gaming in our household into a joyous, family affair. EVERYONE plays the wii – including grandma and my kids aunts, who never before touched a console (and quickly bored of watching the kids kill each other or some epileptic boss. Buying a Wii (with 4 controllers) has been the best gaming investment ever for us!

  5. “The regular consumer does care about price, but he cares more about game play”

    I think the “regular consumer” doesn’t know what gameplay is. Remember, a LOT of these are going, as you say, to people who haven’t played games before OR the last game they played was Super Mario Brothers. Since there are few places where you can rent the system and games from (compared to places where you can buy them from), I’d reckon your regular consumer is looking at the price since they’ve only heard (or seen on a tv show) about the gameplay.

  6. As a 30 something adult, I have absolutely no interest in the Nintendo Wii. Likewise, I have no interest at all in the Xbox 360 either. I actually wouldn’t mind having a PS3, especially since it has a Blu-Ray drive, but only after the price comes down below $400. Once Sony starts cutting the price, I think we’ll see the PS3 rapidly catch up to the others in market share. It’s just too expensive for most people right now.

  7. Hard-core gamers, as I’ve said over and over again, are a kind of evolutionary regression, an outlier on the left side of the Bell curve. That they are a small part of the whole gaming universe is the one obvious fact that Sony and Microsoft can’t get past. Only Nintendo gets it, and to them, I say rock on. There are tons and tons of people who are bored with the mindless blood-and-guts FPS that constitutes the “mature” video game market. “Mature” video games are equivalent to “mature” movies or “mature” literature — trash.

  8. Sony and XBox-style games are far more “kiddie” than Nintendo games. I can’t imagine a game more immature than war games and games about death and darkness. OOO! Zombies! Monsters! Nazis!

    Nintendo games have the honesty to admit what they are.

    (I’ve been loving playing Gamecube games on my Wii. They’re so much more fun than PS2 games.)

  9. If it’s not “gameplay”, and if its not the whiz-bang graphics, then what is it that get’s consumer to one console versus another. I’ve got a couple of college age friends that play Xbox and Playstation but they own Gamecubes…? And they actually use them and love the games they play on them. When I ask them why they chose GC over something else all I get is a shoulder shrug. For cross-platform experienced player I think maybe its a realization based on actual experience that, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a perfectly good gaming experience, and while high-end graphics are always great, they do not, by themselves, determine how satisfying a gaming experience can be.

    From my own experience, and non-scientific survey, it comes down to money versus actual gaming experience.

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