254,000 Wiis, 312,000 PS3s sold in Sept. - Analyst

NPD figures reveal sales of Nintendo's console plummeted 45% due to "gamer fatigue," says Wedbush; Sony's platform drops 37% compared to brisk 2009 post-price-drop sales.

As part of its new reporting format, NPD omitted hardware sales figures from its September US game sales report yesterday. Microsoft had no such compunction, however, proclaiming loudly that the Xbox 360 was the top console for the month, selling 484,000 units.

New models and the PlayStation Move launch helped the PS3 beat the Wii in September.

As part of an investors' note today, Wedbush analysts Michael Pachter and Edward Woo revealed monthly sales for the PlayStation 3 and Wii. The former sold 312,000 units during the month, beating expectations, but was still down 37 percent year-over-year because of brisk post-price-drop sales in September 2009. Pachter pegged the better-than-expected sales on the release of the new 160GB model and the launch of PlayStation Move motion-sensing system.

The Wii, however, fared far worse, being beat by both the 360 and the PS3. "The Wii continues to struggle due to gamer fatigue and a lack of high-profile releases," summarized Wedbush's report. "The era of standard definition gaming is rapidly coming to an end, and Nintendo may have missed the opportunity to revitalize its large installed base of consumers by offering them an HD version of the Wii before Sony and Microsoft encroach with motion control schemes of their own."

Multiple analysts are predicting dark days ahead for the Wii.

Pacific Crest Securities' Evan Wilson also believes the Wii's best days are behind it. In his note, he said that, "September's data is another reminder that the Wii is well past its peak in the United States. It is also clear that the peak it set was high enough that it will present a nearly impossible comparison for the gaming industry for the foreseeable future. And, now Nintendo's partners are walking away from it. By our calculation, 26 percent fewer Wii games have been published this year. This does not mean that the Wii is finished selling units, but it does mean that this time, it wasn't different, and we are once again on the tail of a cycle."

The Wedbush report also predicted iPod Touch and iPhone sales will be "cannibalizing" the handheld market until the launch of the Nintendo 3DS next March, when he expects the Mario Factory's fortunes to rebound.

On the software front, Wedbush reported both Wii and DS software sales sank 38 percent in September, the former because of the inclusion of Wii Sports Resort and Wii Sports with every new Wii purchase. The report also called out year-to-date declines in Wii software sales (down 24 percent by $385 million-plus) and DS software sales (down 10 percent by $90 million).

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Xentus
Xentus

@JixHedgehog that and they don't break as often. (unlike the 360) Overall, this was a foreseeable outcome. Sell well for a few years and then everyone has your product, driving sales down. Sell poorly for a few years, drop the price tag, jump on a bandwagon, and sales will go up. Sell moderately with a consistent product failure rate, give reasons to buy another one, and sales will remain steady.

JixHedgehog
JixHedgehog

That's a load of crap, the Wii isn't selling because .. erm, everyone already has one? (1 in 3 households?)

xlr_big-coop
xlr_big-coop

i dont find any of this relevant, so what if the ps3 is outselling the wii. do we get anything out of it? this is just like sports, "yeah! we won the match, but be sure to be back next season because we need your money!" i do have a wii, but the only problem i see with it is that ninty is to damn protective, most of their games are too pink ,cuddly, and annoying, like mario kart wii

Oni_Taedo
Oni_Taedo

@RawhideSphinx Fallout 3 and RDR could be ported to the Wii, neither of them are really all that graphically demanding, nor that big. The others either suck (MW2), or are owned by Sony or Microsoft. @Mariofan15. Now, I LOVE my Wii, I would rather sit there and play SMG2 and TP than half the stuff on the PS3, but you sir, are an idiot fanboy. Mario and Zelda, are great, but you know what? So is Infamous, Ratchet and Clank, Heavy Rain and MANY other PS3 exclusives. The 360 on the other hand.... meh.

LinkLuigi
LinkLuigi

And to add, it isn't just the Hardware that's in decline. It's their Software as well. Many people own the Wii...but aren't playing it as they should, so to speak. Simply because they don't have as many hard hitting titles out. They have many, and like someone said, the games that are actually high quality are AMAZING, if not few. I love my Wii, but Nintendo needs to be bought out of their comfort zone. They sold me Motion controls, now they need to keep me.

LinkLuigi
LinkLuigi

Honestly now, the Wii is not decining because "everyone who wants one, has one". It doesn't work like that. Analysist are not idiots, and they had obviously considered that fact. Even Nintendo themsevles said that their sales are in decline, not "doing poorly", however, "in decline". Those are two totally different things. The wii is not struggling...but it isn't King of the Hill anymore. Personally, I'm glad. I absolutley love my Wii, I don't regret buying it, and want nothing more than for them to suceed. However, I feel they have gotten too comfortable on top. A little competition is a good thing, and will force them to make quality games. I go to my local game supplier, I see nothing but shovelware. Of course, there are plenty of good games as well, Zelda, Mario, Metroid, Krby, DK, No More Heroes, Red Steel 2, etc. But still much shovel. I love all three systems, but I gotta say, Nintendo has gotten a tad too content. Hell, a few of the really good games aren't even left-hand friendly like Red Steel 2, (though that is Ubisoft's fault), and Skyward Sword. For a system all about using an unconventional, extremely hands-on approach, this seems stupid.

al_win
al_win

@Tevi........ go f'**k yourself..... oh and do us all a favor and jump off a cliff... if you are saying Wii is for wiitards than almost all of the people who live in the US are wiitards... @mariofan15 come on PS3 and XBOX360 have badass games as well

al_win
al_win

@Xentus agreed. Though Nintendo could make up a new original character but Mario is still awesome

Xentus
Xentus

I believe the more likely reason the Wii is seeing decreased sales is due to its success. With more people owning a Wii, there are less people that will buy one. My thoughts.

DensetsuShounen
DensetsuShounen

tl;dr Only reason PS3 is reappearing on the scene is because of jailbreaking.

Kou-Nurasaka
Kou-Nurasaka

Its the way things work. Nintendo can;t stay on top of t6he market forever, netiher can Sony or Microsoft. Things go in cycles, its the nature of all business. On a positive note: yay for the downfall of social and casual gaming!

Ratchet_Fan8
Ratchet_Fan8

So much for SMG2 ....(still a nice game to play) i got my Move on Thursday,along with Heavy Rain.Impressed !

OrcsP2
OrcsP2

wii is doing bad for a reason, there arnt any games to compete with the other consoles. besides, decades and decades of mario this, zelda that, they make the same thing over and over, only in different scenarios eg mario sunshine, mario galaxies, mario tennis. wii is dying because they lack new games (or characters/mascots) i honestly wonder how many mario games are out there.....at least 20 which is plain SAD

Vegna871
Vegna871

The Wii is much like the PSP. There aren't a whole lot of good games for it but the ones that are good are AMAZING. That said, the PS3 and 360 both have more good games, and they all look a lot better than anything on the Wii, so I'm glad to see they're pulling ahead. Especially since (according to the game companies) this console generation still has a couple years left in it.

RawhideSphinx
RawhideSphinx

What do Fallout 3, GTA 4, Oblivion, Modern Warefare 2, Red dead redemption, Uncharted 1 and 2, Bioshock 1 and 2, Gears of war 1 and 2, God of war 3, Dead Space and Mass effect 1 and 2 have in common? answer:they are not on the wii and could never be. wow thats a good list, plenty more too.

Proman84
Proman84

Blu-Ray and HD support is probably one of the main factors why.

Way2fonky
Way2fonky

Near the end of its lifecycle, the GameCube would outell the PS2 in some months because everyone already had a PS2. This news doesn't surprise me one bit.

frazzle00
frazzle00

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Brilliant_R
Brilliant_R

Wow... huge LOL to anyone thinking that Sony has had any opportunity to outdo Nintendo at this point. The only reason this is happening is because EVERYBODY OWNS A WII CONSOLE ALREADY. Nintendo hasn't "lowered their quality" or whatever (in fact, 2010 is probably one of Wii's best years software-wise), and Sony hasn't "outsmarted them", unless implementing their own version of motion control counts as that (which it doesn't). I'm not just saying this because I'm a Nintendo fan and supporter. Whether you like it or not, as powerful as the PS3/X360 are, the Wii has already left a deep mark as the seventh-generation console to come out on top of the competition.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

HD is important. Glad to see the PS3 outselling it.

Tevi
Tevi

wii is for wiitards

Tevi
Tevi

im glad wii is doing so poorly ha ha

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

most indefinitely, this is a big gain for Sony.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

I only know people that HAD a Wii. Nobody that HAS a Wii. I still kinda want one, but I might do like I did with the Gamecube and wait till it's basically a bargain bin console. Or skip it entirely if the Wii successor is backwards compatible and, most importantly: HD capable.

Son_Jazrin
Son_Jazrin

Bout damn time, only took them FOUR YEARS!! Now how much longer before they start turning a profit I wonder?

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

Best video game news I've heard in quite some time

liwlimuz
liwlimuz

@ Grovilis, yeah sure, because you know about console designing and stuff. I mean it's pretty damn out of order, coming in here and saying that the Wii, has less effort put in to it than the X360 or the PS3.

Grovilis
Grovilis

It's rather dumb that the console with the least amount of work put into it *cough*Wii*cough* outsold its big brothers in the first place.

10679
10679

@Ex-DarkBlade "Reading skill is one of the most important skill in America, and you fail to understand a thing I tried to say in all my comments." Really . Obviously that failed when you guys allowed George bush junior to be the president of the united states lol :P

10679
10679

@Ex-DarkBlade Theres no rule in the amount of times you can reply back.If you don't want to reply back than ignore this post. Its simple as that. The problem that i had with sony fanboys like yourself is the fact how you pass your opinion as the true fact. Just because ea console has alot of exclusives doesn't mean that its going to be its year. Quantity is nothing compared to quality. Now the quality of the ps3 2001 exclusive is purely subjective as it differs with each person. For example i think the list mediocre while you may think its bloody awesome. "Microsoft doesn't represents America, the people do. Microsoft is the worst company, because many of it's tech. have flaws." Really. What about apple with their ipod collections which includes the phones. I think they are just bad as microsoft. They release multiple version of the same product with slight enhancement because they know people are suckers for their product. Take iphone 3 and 3s or even 4. There is only a slight difference each product and yet people keeping buying each and every one of them. Don't get me wrong iphone 4 was flawed as well with signal problem and apple didn't really accept it as their flaw.

XanderZane
XanderZane

@xtremeflem2day said: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- @XanderZane lmfao i can't believe you actually just said that. Everyone knows the ps3 hardware crushes what the xbox 360 can ever offer. It doesn't even have true 1080p unlike the PS3. Even if when you look up close to objects in gears of war, the graphics suffer from pixalation. ***************************************************************************** Come back from fantasyland. The XBox 360 is just as powerful as the PS3. Gears 2 looks just as good as KZ2. Rage will look just as good as UC2 once it's released. You fanboys make me laugh. Almost all the multiplats play and look better on the 360. The PC is almost 2 times as powerful as the PS3 & XBox 360. These systems are like 5 yrs old now, so that's kind of expected.

MarioMan127
MarioMan127

Honestly, saying that the Wii has no good third-party games is quite unreasonable at this point. The PS2 has over 2100 games, and the Wii has over 1060 games. Both consoles have a ton of bad games, but both consoles have alot of good games. And if you ask me, the first AND third party support on the PS360 has been failing..... as always. =P

DontEatCream
DontEatCream

I respond to this news with a resounding "meh". None of this is surprising to anyone who keeps up with the gaming scene in general.

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

@Liwlimuz I know about the power glove. I mention in my previous comments before. If you was to read them you would CLEARLY see that I stated out of Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony was the first out of those big 3 companies to showcase motion controls. So me being wrong no I'm not wrong people just don't know how to read all my comments before posting. I'm stating facts while people on here wanna do the Sony copied Wii without any information of what they are talking about. Move been in the works supposedly since 2001 probably before they had a actual demo showcase of it in 2004. So can someone please explain to me how Move copied the wii when it uses different technology, and Sony actually has proof that it has been working on its own motion controls since 2001 ?

Poodger
Poodger

This isn't surprising, seeing as everyone and their mother (literally) already owns a Wii. One would expect the number sold to go down.

liwlimuz
liwlimuz

@ Colonel-Snake Not trynna be funny, but i've read some of your comments, and you have no idea how wrong you are. Saying that SONY, was the first to test motion controls is completely wrong, because if you back to the days of the glorious NES, i'm sure you remember a thing called " The Power Glove", sure it wasn't great but it was, "motion control". Now i'm not a fanboy, i'm just stating.

hardeman
hardeman

just look at how many wiis have sold compared to the ps3, sony has nothing to celebrate about

CrusaderX7
CrusaderX7

With the new Xbox 360 Slim people have finally started realizing that Xbox 360 is generally superior for gaming.

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

@Mariofan15 You have no idea of what you are talking about. For the future please when you post make sure you know your facts before you come on the article thread spewing lies.

Mariofan15
Mariofan15

Great. The awful PS 3 actually out sold the Wii. That system is a piece of junk. All it's about is graphics not to mention those moron's SONY copied the motion controls from the Wii. Lol. What a dumbass company.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@10679, I don't think you even understand anything I tried to say in my last comment to you at all. I said nothing about console preferences. I didn't said anything about you saying that PS3 has to no games, most Xbox 360 fanboys say that, and many other trash, didn't point at you. I am no PS3 fanboy, but I do sound like one, really not a fanboy. I was not bad mouthing Xbox 360, I don't hate the system, and don't have anything against the system. I know Xbox Live is good, I never said it was it nothing against PSN. I said 2011 was PS3, because of amazing exclusives, and the other good stuff. I am American, you think I am not aware of Bill of Rights, and the 26 Amendments, low lame. When Freedom of Speech goes off the border, then Freedom of Speech is not ok. People all over the world have Freedom of Speech, not just us Americans. If you think that people with American companies' product have only Freedom of Speech, then you are terrible wrong. Microsoft doesn't represents America, the people do. Microsoft is the worst company, because many of it's tech. have flaws. Reading skill is one of the most important skill in America, and you fail to understand a thing I tried to say in all my comments. Want a example? I said not to comment me back. I'll say it again don't comment back. I just want to say 2011 is PS3's year, you Xbox 360 fanboys made a big deal out of it.

NoremaC-_-
NoremaC-_-

@Colonal-Snake wow you know your stuff now this whole wii rip thing should stop

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

PlayStation Move was successful: 1.5 million in Europe. Caused a spike in sales and might do so in the next few months. 360 has Kinect and its launching with 17 games. That's a big selection to be a gimmick/ Wii has nothing new but it has modest sales. All depends on the holiday season and it might be forced to follow the Gamecube path. A $100 Wii. No never but games and accessories could become cheaper

mbashour
mbashour

@BetardxFoosier i meant 360 sold most first (since it was out a year earlier). then wii dominated for a few years. but now in the late-game ps3 sales are picking up. ps3 may not overtake total wii sales probably, but will overtake the rate of sales.

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

LOL Gamer fatigue... That's so funny... It reminds me of how I feel when I have to get up and find the controller.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Proper ENGLISH is now a requirement to post an opinion. I'm tired of reading broken sentences and trying to piece together mish-mosh to hopefully get a general idea of what you're saying. If you can't speak english properly or aren't of age to have learned it yet, much less write it, don't bother. I'm not trying to be mean but some posts just look like an ape just slapped around a keyboard for a while.