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Nintendo leading software sales, beats Microsoft

Nintendo leading software sales, beats Microsoft

Nintendo is currently leading software sales according to the latest figures.

It seems almost every other week there's some new sales figures announced and a new company is announced as the winner of the console wars. This week is no different.

According to iSuppli, an analyst group which checks software sales, there are some semi-interesting new figures out. iSuppli (via Gamasutra) has now added up all the software sales revenue figures for this quarter.

Nintendo is the clear winner according to iSuppli. It beat out the nearest competitor by about $200 million, bagging a cool $1.2 billion in revenue. Sony apparently fell into second place, with Microsoft trailing in third place, oddly.

iSuppli speculated on the reason behind Sony's inability to seize first place, attributing it to drooping PlayStation 2 game sales and a lack of handheld platforms. Microsoft has been noted for a high software-attach rate, but is still struggling to make an impact in some markets, such as Japan.

Nintendo meanwhile received praises for its diversity and success in both casual and hardcore markets across home and handheld platforms. Lets face it - the Wii and DS are practically printing money at the moment thanks to fantastic games like The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass.

Which platforms do you own and what's your favourite game of this year? Let us know in the forums.

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sub routine 31st October 2007, 14:27 Quote
Yeah, I think the price per unit and the fact that NIntendo are pushing fun ideas rather than a cask which is going to be the next gen master. I mean the hd-dvd blu-ray face off is sooooo cynical.
will. 31st October 2007, 14:47 Quote
Hang on a second... Now that Sony is the underdog...

/switches teams

Everyone that is buying a wii is a retard. PS3 R00000lZorS!!! Xbox 360 is ok I suppose, but the PS3 IS teH bA\/\//\/\3!
Firehed 31st October 2007, 14:51 Quote
I'm quite surprised by this news, given that there are no good games for the Wii and I don't see the handhelds being that strong of an influence on sales numbers.
will. 31st October 2007, 14:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Firehed
I'm quite surprised by this news, given that there are no good games for the Wii and I don't see the handhelds being that strong of an influence on sales numbers.

Metroid Prime 3 is good, Twilight Princess is good, Super Paper Mario is good. Super Mario Galaxy looks shaweeeet! But other than that, yea, I do see your point. The DS is still selling like hotcakes though.
Zephyr 31st October 2007, 15:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by Firehed
I'm quite surprised by this news, given that there are no good games for the Wii and I don't see the handhelds being that strong of an influence on sales numbers.

This years BAFTA's disagree with you. It may be the first time a console-bundled game has won such a majority of awards. Also, while most of the heavy titles are still ports from other consoles (Resident Evil 4, Zelda: Twilight Princess, Prince of Persia: Rival Swords, etc.), the changes in gameplay are enough to give the game a fresh feel.

As far as handhelds not being that strong of an influence, Mr. Iwata and his numerous awards and successes would like a word with you.
will. 31st October 2007, 15:24 Quote
You're forgetting that BAFTA's are a joke. Not even a funny joke.
DrFreeze 31st October 2007, 15:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Firehed
I'm quite surprised by this news, given that there are no good games for the Wii and I don't see the handhelds being that strong of an influence on sales numbers.

*tap tap* Excuse me sir? Miss Aran and here armcannon would like a word with you.

joking aside, the Wii does have a relatively small amount of traditionally interesting games, untill i picked up metroid last week, i hadnt touched my wii for a month or so. Metroid is totally ace though, and once i get through that ill probably pick up super paper mario, or perhaps GH3

the sweet stuff for every nintendo console is always the first/second party software, and nintendo has some ace stuff comming up
sub routine 31st October 2007, 16:41 Quote
Gameboy has always been a silent dominator in computer markets there was a time when it and Pokemon carried nintendo for a bit, the gamecude kind of died a death and didn`t come to much. I remember buying a platinum one ofor zelda then pretty much nothing else :s

Handhelds are far more accessible to a younger market due to pricing and personal disposable wealth of their families (i.e. LOADS of pocket money and birthday monies).
They entertain on journies and their famillies will probably feel better about glibly buying a game that is slightly cheaper than current Next-gen titles, other factors that may help are the fact it comes in a small pack and doesn`t involve sitting infront of the tele. Who knows?

It still puts the handheld market in a strong position globally.
benjamyn 31st October 2007, 18:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by sub routine
Gameboy has always been a silent dominator in computer markets there was a time when it and Pokemon carried nintendo for a bit, the gamecude kind of died a death and didn`t come to much. I remember buying a platinum one ofor zelda then pretty much nothing else :s

Handhelds are far more accessible to a younger market due to pricing and personal disposable wealth of their families (i.e. LOADS of pocket money and birthday monies).
They entertain on journies and their famillies will probably feel better about glibly buying a game that is slightly cheaper than current Next-gen titles, other factors that may help are the fact it comes in a small pack and doesn`t involve sitting infront of the tele. Who knows?

It still puts the handheld market in a strong position globally.

Only in UK, Gamecube didn't die/fade out so much in USA and Japan, I really wish I lived in USA becuase I've recently started picking up American Gamecube games and they are still sold regularly over there in the likes of toysrus, walmart etc!
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I don't see the handhelds being that strong of an influence on sales numbers.

Woah! You couldn't be more wrong. It's the main source of software sales for Nintendo

Nintendo DS games that have sold one million copies or more.
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* Nintendogs (15.77 million)
* Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (12.17 million)
* New Super Mario Bros. (11.5 million)
* Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! (9.66 million)
* Mario Kart DS (8.53 million)
* Animal Crossing: Wild World (8.01 million)
* Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day! (7.53 million)
* Super Mario 64 DS (4.97 million)
* Big Brain Academy (3.73 million)
* Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team (3.08 million)
* English Training: Have Fun Improving Your Skills! (2.86 million)
* Yoshi's Island DS (2.47 million)
* Pokémon Ranger (2.16 million)
* WarioWare: Touched! (2.15 million)
* Tetris DS (2.05 million)
* Kirby: Squeak Squad (1.6 million)
* Common Sense Training (1.55 million)
* Mario Hoops 3-on-3 (1.5 million)
* Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker (1.47 million in Japan)
* Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (1.39 million)
* Final Fantasy III (1.39 million approximately, 1.06 million in Japan, 330,000 in US)
* The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (1.35 million)
* Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (1.24 million)
* Super Princess Peach (1.15 million)
* Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop (1.12 million in Japan)[
* Diddy Kong Racing DS (1.04 million)
* Love and Berry Collection (1 million)

Total Nintendo DS games sold as of September 30, 2007: 259.48 million[52]

DS is unstoppable, console and software sales alike!

Wii has sold around 6.5 million software titles. Xbox 360 has sold over 20 million, I don't know about PS3 but it only has 2 games selling over a million. I don't think I need to say what they are.

Source: Wiki


Also there are good games on Wii just not that many yet (Same with PS3)
These include:
Resident evil 4
Zelda Twilight princess
Metroid prime 3
super mario strikers
super paper mario
Wario ware smooth moves (bit short though)

And out this month is: resident evil umbrella chronicles, super mario galaxy, mario and sonic at the olympics (hopefully will be good)

Plenty of good Virtual console games too and gamecube backwards compatibility :)

I'll admit Wii games quality don't come close to the xbox 360s though
Havok154 31st October 2007, 22:07 Quote
This is not really surprising at all. MS may have the highest attach rate of the next gen consoles, but that's all they have. Sony has 2 consoles and a portable and Nintendo has a very popular console and a portable that may actually have sold more units than there are people in the world. Plus, the DS just has so many good games.
RotoSequence 1st November 2007, 07:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Havok154
This is not really surprising at all. MS may have the highest attach rate of the next gen consoles, but that's all they have. Sony has 2 consoles and a portable and Nintendo has a very popular console and a portable that may actually have sold more units than there are people in the world. Plus, the DS just has so many good games.

Even going as far back as the gray brick that is the original Game Boy, I wouldn't go so far as to make that claim about aggregate hand-held Nintendo console sales.
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