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. From where I sit:

    1.9 mil x 250 = 475 million

    1.1 mil x 500 = 550 million

    hmmmm…. If I were looking to invest?

    The numbers for Wii are impressive, but not runaway great. I’m liking the fact that the underdog is winning, but there’s a way (although just a little ways) to go before I can say, hey! This is frackin’ amazin’!

  2. Each console has something that appeals to a specific segment of the market. There is really nothing about any of the three that dictates only a specific type of game can be made for it. Fun, casual games are NOT the sole realm of the Nintendo Wii and bloody violent games are not the sole realm of the 360 and PS3.

    The reason the Wii is selling so well is because a) it’s cheap, b) most people don’t have HD TVs yet, c) it’s NOT HD, d) it’s competitors are double the price, e) it has an innovative/gimmicky new controller.

    That’s it. It’s not because the Wii has games that are more fun and less violent. Wii has sports games, so does 360/PS3. Wii also has violent shooters (Red Steel, Call of Duty 3). The Wii is also not as long-term an investment as either the 360 or PS3 because it’s not HD, and isn’t very powerful. In 2-3 years, when more people have HDTVs, and either people are bored with the WiiMote, or Microsoft and Sony have added similar controllers to their platforms, in addition to dropping their prices, the Wii is going to have a really hard time keeping up. Nintendo better have a new HD console to offer in that timeframe, otherwise many Wii early adopters will start to upgrade to a 360 or PS3 as their demands increase and more of them buy HDTVs.

    Those of you with a Wii and an HDTV now, don’t even pretend that HD graphics aren’t important. You know very well deep down in the bottom of your heart you wish the Wii was pumping out nice 720p/1080i/1080p graphics that actually took advantage of your TV.

    Those of you with an SDTV, get a Wii, because playing a 360 or PS3 on a non-HDTV is a waste of money and would be like watching DVDs on a 14″ black and white TV.

  3. Oh, while I’m at it:

    16 mil Wiis (okay, stop chuckling) will earn 4 billion

    10 mil PS2s will bring in 5 billion.

    I don’t give 2 craps for MSs POS. They can drown in their sea of corn-fed crap. (But they’re number’s’ll be about the same as Sony’s anyway, no matter what I say).

    In the end, though, the winners of this round will be the Wii’s game developers.

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

    you’re judging entire console catalogs by their most popular titles….you just can’t do that. It’s like saying you prefer Paramount movies over Warner Brothers.

    If you don’t like FPSs, it’s fine with me. Play something else.
    I’ll probably buy a Wii sometime, but I shure won’t play any of those cheapo “party” games swarming the system. I don’t need to.

  5. “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.”

    Exactly right. The last game machine I hooked up to my TV was a Pong in 1978. I have no interest in frantically mashing sequences of buttons.

    But I bought a Wii, and I love it. I use it every day to play games, check the news, and surf the net on my widescreen TV. The thing is a marvel.

  6. I play with my Wii ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” /> all the time. Wario’s Smoothmoves is just plain nuts, but super fun. Raving Rabbids rocks, too. If only they’d bring out Mario Kart for the Wii…

  7. From where I sit:
    1.9 mil x 250 = 475 million
    1.1 mil x 500 = 550 million
    hmmmm…. If I were looking to invest?”

    ——-

    Wrong logic… did you take into account the amount of money each system loses per sale?

    Sony announced that it costs about $900 to make each PS3 so each one they sell they are losing on average $300 bucks…

    Nintendo on the other hand has said that they make a slight profit from each system sold.

    Who do you invest in now?

  8. 1.9 mil x 250 = 475 million

    1.1 mil x 500 = 550 million

    ok fine BUT

    each PS3 costs more to sony than they are asking for. I don’t remember how much but Sony loses money each time they sell a PS3, so they have to sell loads of games to get their head out of the water. Meanwhile, Nitendo is laughing its way to the bank with a profit for each Wii sold…

  9. Oh will people stop equating the Wii with being for kids please? I had a party at my house, of mainly people in their early 30s, mostly none gamers, and we set up the Wii for them to play. Guess what, it was the focal point of the whole party – everyone loved it.

    Wii is a truly inclusive gaming system, as it doesn’t involve mastering how to press one of 30 buttons on a controller like PS3 and Xbox. In fact the most popular game at our party (Wii Sports Tennis) doesn’t even require a single button press to play.

  10. Of course the PS3 is being outsold. The Wii is more than 50% cheaper.

    The PS3 is more than just a game console.

    Sony (Like Apple) is going for the living room market. It’s a movie player, game player, and will be more as they add features.

    Sony’s PS2 sold over 100,000,000 units. Sony knows what it’s doing. I’m sure they’d like PS3 sales be to a little more brisk than what they are, but there is a bigger picture that most analysts are missing.

  11. And the PS2 was only $199 not $600. Big difference. I’m not going to spend that kind of money on game system for myself and my 14 year old son who loves his PS2 said it was ridiculous that the PS3 cost so much and he wasn’t interested. He’d settle for and XBox 360 for the money, but is perfectly content with his PS2. It’s about to die on us and we’ll probably just buy a used one to replace it just so we can continue playing Guitar Here II.

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