UK numbers company Chart Track has confirmed that the Xbox One which was released on November 22nd has outstripped the Wii U’s overall lifetime sales in the United Kingdom. The news comes after the company announced that the PlayStation 4 had already outsold Wii U’s life to date figures when it was released on Friday, November 29th. Xbox One sales are now up to the 170,000 mark and Wii U sales in the UK are still around the 150,000 mark after a year on sale.
DFC Intelligence is releasing a new forecast on December 3rd in which they predict that the Wii U will reach global lifetime sales of 25 million units, only a quarter of what the Wii has sold, which passed 100 million units worldwide as of this year. These numbers would put the system closer in lifetime sales to the Gamecube, which sold 22 million units during its lifetime. In response to questions about whether it was a right move for Nintendo to release three big holiday titles in the midst of next-gen system launches, analyst David Cole had this to say:
“I think Nintendo is carving out a different audience. I think that being said it is the right strategy. The audience they are going after is not the ones that Sony and Microsoft are going after. Right now they need to go after Nintendo fans first. They should have done that last year but better late than never. So in answer to your question it is the right approach but really Nintendo now is just trying to do as well as the GameCube so they have a base to sell first party software.”
Independent analyst Billy Pidgeon agreed and added some two cents of his own.
“For the bottom line, console launches drive hardware, software and accessories purchases not only for the new hardware but for older hardware as well. Value added bundling, price cuts and highly anticipated new software for older hardware can boost sales of older systems during a fourth quarter retail period with one or more new console launches. Xbox 360 made big gains in hardware and software in 2006 as Wii and PS3 launched, and PS2 made hardware gains and maintained relatively high attach rates in 2005-2006, particularly during Q4 when Xbox 360, Wii and PS3 launches were underway.”
One thing that will be interesting to observe this upcoming year is how the PS4 and the Xbox One do after the holidays. This is the first generation where game consoles are launching into a recession, and as gaming hardware and software become harder to afford, will it significantly affect the gaming market? Do you think that Nintendo is taking the right strategy with the Wii U, or is too little too late? With a very solid 2014 lineup, this holiday season may be just what the system needs to regain some of their momentum.
Nintendo 3DS marked its sixth consecutive month as the country’s best-selling video game hardware system, with more than 452,000 units sold, thanks in part to the launch of Nintendo 2DS and sales of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Sales of Nintendo 3DS hardware in October doubled last month’s tally, and marked the most units any portable video game system or home console has sold in a single month in 2013.
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y were the No. 1 and No. 2 top-selling titles last month, with more than 1.7 million units combined, making October the biggest month for Nintendo 3DS software all year. Total Nintendo 3DS first-party software sales hit more than 2 million units sold, the highest tally since the report for December 2011, which included sales of hit games Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.
Best-selling software in October:
- Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
- Pokémon X (3DS)
- Pokémon Y (3DS)
- Battlefield 4 (360, PS3, PC)
- Batman: Arkham Origins (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
- Assassin’s Creed IV, Black Flag (360, PS3, Wii U)
- NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PC)
- Skylanders: Swap Force (Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS)
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, PC)
- WWE 2K14 (360, PS3)
It now appears as though the Nintendo 3DS has sold more units than Nintendo’s legendary Nintendo 64 which launched in 1996. However, although the Nintendo 3DS has shifted more hardware than the Nintendo 64, the Nintendo 3DS hasn’t sold as much software, as the console has moved twice the amount of software sales. The next milestone for the Nintendo 3DS is to outsell the SNES shipments at 49.1 million.
- 3DS Hardware Shipments to Retailers as of September 30th, 2013:
- 34,980,000 units
- N64 Hardware Shipments to Retailers as of September 30th, 2013:
- 32,930,000 units
- 3DS Software Shipments to Retailers as of September 30th, 2013:
- 122,420,000 units
- N64 Software Shipments to Retailers as of September 30th, 2013:
- 224,970,000 units
Activision Publishing announced today that the company sold more than $1 billion of Call of Duty: Ghosts into retail stores worldwide as of day one.
“Call of Duty is by far the largest console franchise of this generation,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “More people have played Call of Duty this year than ever before, logging four billion hours of gameplay. And in the last 12 months, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, including its digital content, generated more revenues than any other console game ever has in a single year. Although it is too early to assess sell-through for Call of Duty: Ghosts, it’s launching at a time when the franchise has never been more popular.”
Millions of people are already playing Call of Duty: Ghosts online. Since its release yesterday, Call of Duty: Ghosts has moved to the #1 spot as the most played game on Xbox Live, according to Microsoft. Additionally, Activision confirmed that on the Xbox 360 videogames and entertainment system from Microsoft, average player sessions for Ghosts have been longer than either Black Ops II or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, during the same time period.
Call of Duty: Ghosts launched at 15,000 midnight openings around the world. Fans around the world shared their excitement in social media, with Call of Duty-related terms trending an astounding 20 times globally on Twitter in the last 24 hours.
“Ghosts is an amazing game which ushers in the next generation of Call of Duty. The team at Infinity Ward has delivered yet another epic thrill ride in the campaign, and what I think is our best multiplayer game yet,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “This is the must have launch title for the next generation of consoles, and we expect Call of Duty: Ghosts to be the most successful launch title for the Xbox One and PS4 by a wide margin. In fact, according to GameStop, Call of Duty: Ghosts is their most pre-reserved next gen title.”
Nintendo 2DS sales in the United Kingdom have shot up by sixty four percent week-on-week. This means that Nintendo’s latest handheld comfortably became the best-selling console last week without including the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo 3DS XL. The console was originally meant to retail for £110 , but last week a number of major retailers including Amazon and Tesco cut the machine to under £100 to coincide with the school half-term.
Nintendo has announced today that the StreetPass Mii Plaza downloadable content made 1.1 billion yen for the Kyoto based company at the end of September and sales continue to come flooding in. Obviously the majority of sales were from Japan where the StreetPass functionality is a big hit. In fact, a whooping seventy-five percent of sales were from Japan.
One of the high points in our digital business for this fiscal year is the new add-on content for “StreetPass Mii Plaza,” which is a built-in application for Nintendo 3DS and has been enjoyed by many consumers.
This application originally had two games, “Puzzle Swap” and “Find Mii,” which consumers enjoyed by using “StreetPass.” In addition, we have made available four more games as add-on content including “Mii Force,” “Flower Town,” “Warrior’s Way” and “Monster Manor.” Many people have already downloaded these games and the sales surpassed 1.1 billion yen at the end of September and have steadily grown since then.
Currently, 75 percent of the sales of these games have been in Japan, where StreetPass is the most popular in the world. However, we are aware that an increasing number of people have been using “StreetPass Relay Points” launched in August and that, after the release of “Pokémon X/Pokémon Y,” more people have started to carry their Nintendo 3DS with them to experience StreetPass. We expect steady sales over a long period by increasing the ratio of users overseas.
Nintendo announced that the immensely popular Animal Crossing: New Leaf has shifted 2.49 million copies worldwide from April through September, which brings the game’s lifetime total to 6.35 million copies sold. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for the Nintendo 3DS has also proved popular as the game sold 1.91 million worldwide to bring its total to 3.13 million. Japanese exclusive Tomodachi Collection sold 1.63 million copies and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D sales totaled 1.37 million and 1.19 million, respectively.
EA has confirmed that both the Wii U and the Wii combined only account for a meagre 1.3 per cent of EA’s software revenues in the last financial quarter. EA stated in their latest financial report that $695 million was earned from combined sales of console, mobile and PC software. The company says that only $9 million came from Wii and Wii U software. EA has already pretty much abandoned Wii U due to poor sales for games in its franchises.
- Handhelds (Nintendo and Sony combined) account for 14 per cent of all EA mobile sales.
- Nintendo handhelds account for 6 per cent of mobile sales, while Sony handhelds account for 8 per cent.
- Despite its emphasis on mobile gaming, EA’s home console game sales still account for $309 million compared to $75 million mobile sales (though production costs are typically much lower on mobile titles, meaning the potential for profit is higher).
- PC software earns EA more money than any other format, accounting for 39.4% of all software sales