Nintendo 23% of GameStop's non-used business

Fewer companies accounting for increasing amount of specialty retailer's new product purchases; the "Big Three," EA, and Activision now make up 75 percent of chain's business.

To fill its stores with new gaming software, hardware, and accessories, GameStop does business with roughly 75 companies worldwide. That number of business partners has remained steady for years, but the company has seen a dramatic shift in how much business it does with which partners.

GameStop has done its part in keeping Nintendo's coffers full in recent years.

In its annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today, GameStop broke down some of the numbers on its vendor relationships, revealing that a single company, Nintendo, was responsible for 23 percent of the retailer's new product purchases for its fiscal 2009 (the year ended January 31, 2010). That's down from a peak of 25 percent the previous fiscal year.

Additionally, the top five companies GameStop buys from--Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, and Activision, in that order--combined to account for 75 percent of its new product purchases during its fiscal 2009. Sony claimed 17 percent of the company's business for the year, with Microsoft and EA each grabbing 12 percent. Activision accounted for 11 percent of GameStop's product purchases, reaching double-digit percentages with the retailer for the first time.

The top 10 companies GameStop does business with accounted for roughly 85 percent of its new product purchases in fiscal 2009. That's up from 80 percent in fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2007. In fiscal 2006, the retail chain's top 10 business partners combined for only 65 percent of its new product purchases, with Microsoft taking the single largest share with 14 percent.

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thps48
thps48

It's also rather odd since it's cheaper than **** to sell on eBay or Amazon. I've seen the prices and it has resulted in 75% of the things I curse God for. Xp

decoy1978
decoy1978

What this report doesn't tell you is that Nintendo has the fastest rate of going to the USED bin out of all the 3 systems. Both GS and Nintendo made a lot of money off each other. GS buys new games from Nintendo only for users to sell it back to GS. GS makes A LOT of money off used games.

ayumi_miyazaki
ayumi_miyazaki

On a positive note I will say to The people who actually question whether Nintendo is the most profitable 1st party company in console history is either very young or a blind fanboy (be it PC MS or Sony) or both. Either way, they need to lean their history before posting. Look on Wikipedia or there might even be a fan made video on GT about the history of Nintendo and there trends. Nintendo has never cared about market share or getting their console out early. They are only concerned with their bottom line. Count company profit from the day Sony and MS game divisions were formed and compare them from the same time period to this date with Nintendo and it would take a idiot to count Nintendo out of the future. Nintendo has had like only one bad quarter in the last ten years. Research How many times Sony and MS divisions have been in the red. " PLEASE! Nintendo resurrected gaming. better check their history. Nintendo saved the industry. You might not like it but they are the freaking Disney of video gaming. They are to gaming what Ford is to auto industry; didn't need a bailout.

Quezakolt
Quezakolt

that is actually kind of sad, altough not surprising.

malverick
malverick

I agree that for some games, you can't beat the layout of the XBOX or PS3 joypads, whereby the WiiMote's layout can be awkard. But I think the WiiMote is the best controller for FPS, as you simply point at the targets onscreen with the remote and press the trigger button, rather than using the right-hand thumb stick on the 360/PS3 controller to move a cross around ( or whatever the gun site cursor thingy's called). Games like Metroid Prime, The Conduit and Modern Warfare have shown that FPS work very well on the Wii. And I do think developers can create games, like Dead Space, Mass Effect, Gears of War, etc on the Wii...obviously just with downgraded graphics. A game that has me engrossed is a good game...a game that has me staying up late at night to just finish a mission / plot line is a great game...and it's not because the game has HD graphics. Slagging a game off because it's not HD is like not watching a film because it's shot in black and white. Resident Evil 4 on the Wii is one of the best games on the Wii, and anyone who hasn't played it should...and then tell me that the Wii can't do hardcore...

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

That sounds a lot like the mexican economy and we all know how that turned out, this doesn't sound good.

Cowboy-Bebop
Cowboy-Bebop

Activision and EA. No surprise there since the bleed the living crap out of their franchises. At least other companies put out something new every once and awhile.

ghoklebutter
ghoklebutter

Oh, Nintendo. Must you not bring back top quality consoles like the SNES and the GBASP?

Inconnux
Inconnux

all the wii haters whine when it comes to the actual numbers... they whine that there are no good games, yet if you actually look at the games there are many great games. The next favorite topic to whine about is that it is a 'gimmick' yet both Sony and Microsoft disagree and are releasing their own versions... but these neoluddites will continue to whine because they love their noobsticks. Face it, Nintendo has completely dominated this generation because it is FUN. Fancy graphics never replace real fun.

HyruleanLink
HyruleanLink

I believe it! I have noticed how many kids and parents buy games new which are for Nintendo products.

krytorii
krytorii

I own a wii and a ps3, and tbh theres more games I want on the ps3 than wii, but thats personal preferences. I play my ps3 alot more than my wii. My favourite games on the wii are mario galaxy, twilight princess and metroid prime 3 and smash bros. I dont reli play the others (unless I have several friends/relatives around). I wont say the wii has no "hardcore" games, but I will say that I cant find as many games that are, in my personal opinions and tastes, good as i can find on the ps3. Plus I dont like the wiimote too much, once I stop using it as a pointer or something I find it slightly annoying to use (look at the "2" button, is it just me or is it hard to reach?)

lamprey263
lamprey263

Well,surely Nintendo published game sales have to be significant as people only buy Nintendo published games when it comes to their Wiis.

ayumi_miyazaki
ayumi_miyazaki

There's so many 1st party wii games that nintendo USA ignores. I know this a positive topic is about nintendo games being highly represented at gamestop stores. Its the highest selling system with the highest selling games this gen. But I'm getting angry because there's a lot great wii games but the public is in love with graphics over gameplay which leaves nintendo in a bad spot and reggie isn't helping things

ayumi_miyazaki
ayumi_miyazaki

@rgsniper1 I understand how you feel. I blame nintendo USA president for not bringing over nintendo's 1st party hardcore games. What's his problem. Is he trying to turn nintendo of america into a family only company. There's great games sitting on japanese selves that hasn't been brought to america yet. Prime example ( another code R- trace memory 2)

rgsniper1
rgsniper1

Ayumi - "I could go on and on wii haters but why? You'll never give nintendo a chance." - I've owned 3 so far including the first one I waited for in line during midnight launch. To say people wouldn't give the Wii a chance is kinda ironic seeings as the Wii is the top selling console. Someones got to be buying them you know, sadly a lot of people that are giving the Wii a chance like myself just are not happy with the game selection. Yes the Wii does fit in my household, but it's really for my 5 year old and me to play or when the in-laws come over for family time fun. And it doesn't say much for the Wii when one of the best arguments is to import a Japanese one as that's where the best games are. I'd rather not have to deal with imports to get a good gaming experience. I used to deal with them a lot all the way back to the beginning of console gaming and after a while the price and trouble just doesn't seem worth it.

zomglolcats
zomglolcats

Gamestop is a terrible place to buy games anyway. You can get NEW games for cheaper on amazon.com. Slashed prices with free shipping. I'll never buy from Gamestop.

guichan
guichan

well the industry has shrunk , yesterday there was an gaming fair here ( its really hard to happen ) so i think the industry has been changing a bit too in the US is easy to say that microsoft and sony , and most of western companys make more success than in japan so nothing really changed we still are taking the hits of a global crisis and passing through a changes moment , nothing really new but I didnt tought that it would take that long

ayumi_miyazaki
ayumi_miyazaki

Bottom line is there are plenty of good games on the wii for the harecore. I recomend people buy a import wii since reggie isn't bringing japan's best to america. That way you can experience the best nintendo has to offer on the system

ayumi_miyazaki
ayumi_miyazaki

More wii games that are worth getting in 2010 are 1)Gofer no Yabou: Episode II 2)Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake 3)EA Sports Active Personal Trainer Wii: 6-Shuukan Shuuchuu Kishime Program 4)Spore: Kimi wa Tsukuru Hero 5)Winning Post World 2010 6)Ivy the Kiwi? 7)Momotarou Dentetsu 16 (Minna no Susume Selection) 8)One Piece Unlimited Cruise: Episode 2 - Mezameru Yuusha (Minna no Susume Selection) 9)Andou Kensa X 10)Rooms: Fushigi na Ugoku Heya 11)SD Gundam: Gashapon Wars 12)Lost shadow 13)Flips twisted world 14)Punch out 15)Silent hill I could go on and on wii haters but why? You'll never give nintendo a chance.

glennvolio
glennvolio

*scratches head* I dunno, but this doesn't really sound like "news" to me. It could simply be that people would rather pay $30-$50 for a new Wii game than $50-$60 for a new 360/PS3 game. The economy sucks now, and something's gotta get cut somewhere. Plus many people I know buy games used or wait for them to drop in price. I don't think this article is another "OMG teh Wii is teh awesomezz!!1!" article, but rather another study on gamers' buying habits.

rgsniper1
rgsniper1

fon1988, thanks.. I looked at your list and can honestly see that we have differing opinions of what "hardcore" is. Beyond that they are not even all good games. Anyway, after seeing your list I have come to the realization that "ANY" system could produce a list of hardcore games by someone. Honestly though thanks for compiling the list for me. I have often thought that the system lacked hardcore games for me to buy, now I can run down your list and see that I pretty much have all that are worth buying which sadly isn't that many.

Bortson
Bortson

@tripwolf Did you ever play RE4 on the Wii? That "cheap gimmick" made one of the best games in a long time waaaaay better.

Bortson
Bortson

Now what would be interesting is the percentage of used games each of these companies comprise

ayumi_miyazaki
ayumi_miyazaki

@fon1988 How about this Wii game list (but bear in mind- your going to need to import a japanese wii because in japan this console has waaaay better games for the true hardcore gamer): 1. Twilight Princess 2. Super Mario Galaxy 3. Red Steel 2 4. Fatal frame 4 5. Mario Kart Wii 6. Super Smash Bros Brawl 7. Endless ocean 2 8. Battalion wars 9. Metroid Prime 3 10. Fire emblem 11. Arc rise fantasia 12. Muramasa 13. Another code R 14. Disaster day of crisis 15. Wario Land: Shake it 16. New Super Mario Bros Wii 17. Tales of graces 18. Monster hunter tri 19. Trauma team 20. No More Heroes 2 21. Excite Bots 22. Zangeki no reginleiv 23. Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom 24. Mario Strikers Charged 25. Bully: Scholarship Edition

enzyme36
enzyme36

cardkoda - your exclusive argument is weak... especailly when the Wii is packing some excellent exclusives.. you just cant find some of these experiences elsewhere most of the great games on the others are released for both the big boys... not saying they are not good games but they certainly arnt exclusive and as far as the whole gimmick thing goes... argument is stale especially when all systems are dying to have that "gimmick"

BulletsnOctane
BulletsnOctane

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Seiki_sands
Seiki_sands

@cardoka His list includes about 10 games not in my top 25, which tells me everything I need to know about whether the wii has games. Of course it does, 15 or so most will agree on and another 70 or so solid titles that vary by taste. This year the Wii has had just as many solid games as either of the other two consoles, and the wii's library has true variety. These wii has no games arguments ARE tired and outdated in my opinion.

akiwak
akiwak

The way they were able to do this is by buying out the competition. Less comp.. fewer places for customers to go shopping, results in increased customers coming to make purchases. I have changed my spending habits and decided to take it online. By doing this I also save money, some sites offer lower prices on games like Amazon, NewEgg, and sometimes even Walmart...

slyfox_28
slyfox_28

@ cardkoda Speak for yourself man. COD4 reflex, although a port, was a pretty good game for Wii. Especially with the in the online department, more companies need to take notice when porting their games to wii. Either speaking like a ture fanboy or just completely naive.

cardkoda
cardkoda

@fon1988 Seriously? When you name games that are either: A) on an older platform or B) just not exclusive at all, it doesn't work out. And you also mention games like the conduit and Call of duty, games that were terrible on the Wii. There are very few games worth even looking at on the Wii. When it comes down to it, on your list there are probably 4 good games.

fon1988
fon1988

@rgsniper1: 1. Twilight Princess 2. Super Mario Galaxy 3. Red Steel 2 4. Mad World 5. Mario Kart Wii 6. Super Smash Bros Brawl 7. Zak and Wiki 8. The Conduit 9. Metroid Prime 3 10. Okami 11. Super Paper Mario 12. Muramasa 13. De Blob 14. Resident Evil 4 15. Wario Land: Shake it 16. New Super Mario Bros Wii 17. Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 18. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 19. No More Heroes 20. No More Heroes 2 21. Excite Bots 22. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles 23. Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom 24. Mario Strikers Charged 25. Bully: Scholarship Edition I could keep going to ^^

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

@mikeyvp87 - Sony has three platforms to sell while MS only has the Xbox 360. Thou, in that regard, I say MS doing just fine.

nate1222
nate1222

Not a shock there. I still feel that the DS is a far better platform than the Wii. I own a Wii and a DS, and I'd part with the Wii looooong before the DS.

King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

I only buy used from GameStop mainly when they have the 2 for 1 sale

mikeyvp87
mikeyvp87

How the hell is Sony's higher than Microsoft's? Shouldn't that be flipped? Anyway no surprise Nintendo's is the highest. Considering the Wii and the DS I'm surprised it isn't a bit higher.

rgsniper1
rgsniper1

@fon1988. I accept that challenge, not because I really care but honestly I don't think there's that many "hardcore" games on the wii that are good. Ready... set... go...

taddia
taddia

i love gamestop, ok well the one i buy from is composed almost totally of ppl i am friend with so maybe i'm a bit not totally... let's say fair XD but for the most part, i find their service incredible ^_^

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

I buy mostly used so I'm not counted in this except for my purchase of a new copy of Sonic & Sega Racing. That's $30 out of the unstated amount.

Slash_out
Slash_out

That's what I was thinking @enzyme36... ever since I had the Wii, X360 and PS3. But when I realised I played more on any of the console I had (even the PS2 and any handhelds I have) than on the Wii (to be more precise, when I realised that I didn't even play the wii anymore) I had to sell it...Even my favorite games couldn't keep me playing for more than an hour (Zelda, Fire emblem, Mario kart, Metroid...). So yeah... There are good games but I don't know if it's because of this new control thingy... But none were fun.

enzyme36
enzyme36

for every good game that releases on the Wii... the comments come out that this is the only good game on the Wii... there really has to be a point where people stop saying that there are no good games to be had on Wii.... good gaming can be found on any of the big three systems

fon1988
fon1988

Anyone who says the Wii is only for "casual" gamers obviously doesn't know how to look. Maybe a couple years ago you could have made that claim but I can easily name 25 awesome games for the Wii that are "hardcore" or whatever you whiney little kids call them now days.

LadyAnneS
LadyAnneS

Yep, yep, that Wii...it really needs some "real" games like Splinter Cell or Call of Duty or Tiger Woods 10 or Mortal Kombat... It's not like the other systems where they don't have "gimmicky" peripherals that you flail around and/or make you look like an idiot like Guitar Hero or Rockband or Bass Fishing...or have "casual" games like Lego Star Wars or Harry Potter...or "shovelware" games like Avatar or Rogue Warrior.... Seriously, you so-called "hardcore" games should chill out and actually play the games before you start bashing.

malverick
malverick

I own a Wii and an XBOX 360...and when it comes to graphics, you can't compare the two...the 360 is incredible ( as is the PS3 ). There are a lot of good, fun games for the Wii, such as Mario Galaxy, Zelda, Metriod Prime, Little Kings Story, No More Heroes, et al. However, when it comes to big, epic games, the 360 has them in abundance...I'm currently hooked on three games - Bioshock, Mass Effect and Dead Space (I only got the 360 three weeks ago, and bought some older games for it). Two things that annoy me with the Wii are: 1) Older games stay at a stupidly expensive price, compared to 360 games (I bought Dead Space, Mass Effect and Bioshock for £10 each). 2) Developers aren't creating big epic games, like Dead Space or Mass Effect, for the Wii. I know HD graphics and pure processing power help these games, but I've found Dead Space scary because of the sound and lighting effects...and the fact that you're walking around in empty corridors / rooms not knowing what's going to happen. I don't think non-HD graphics would detract from this - I remember playing Alone in the Dark (the original) on the PC in it's chunky graphics and still being scared to go into a room.

amp776
amp776

I still fail to see why people get all bent out of shape over which console is selling better than another. Honestly, do the idiots that fight over why one console is better than another, see any money from any of the big three because of their absurd devotion? I seriously doubt that, so why do it? If you don't like it: don't buy it, play it or pay any attention to it - it's as simple as that.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

@etai79. 1. It isn't possible for Nintendo to crash and burn. 2. Even if they did, the games industry will follow. Most of the things that make the Playstation and Xbox consoles great are ideas that Nintendo originally came up with. We're already seeing how Sony and MS are following in Nintendo's steps once again with Motion controls even after Sony and MS (and their fanboys too) declared motion gaming as gimmicky. Show them some respect. Any real gamer would give credit to whom it is due.

Berem
Berem

@thingta42: Buy the Wii component cables, it makes a noticeable difference going from 480i to 480p on a HDTV. If thats still not good enough for you, consider buying an LCD, because plasma tv's are really not for gaming. Also as a side note, 52+" is the new 42".