Report: It's going to be a Wii Christmas

Screen Digest analysis reckons that Nintendo will rule the holiday season, with publisher commitment shifting to the console.

Ho ho ho--Screen Digest predicts that the Wii is going to have a good Christmas. The analyst firm reports that there are 86 games coming out for Nintendo's console in the fourth quarter, compared to 47 for the Xbox 360, and 38 for the PlayStation 3. Of the Wii games, a quarter are console-exclusive, compared to eight for the 360, and five for the PS3.

Screen Digest believes that the number of Wii games on the market will surpass the number currently available on the Xbox 360 in early 2008. The industry-analyst company states that this is because, "The Wii is proving attractive to publishers not only because of its rapidly growing installed base, but also thanks to lower development costs and the relative ease of transferring development resources to the platform compared with its counterparts."

The report predicts that the Wii will be the winner this Christmastime--not only for the reasons above but also due to the release of Super Mario Galaxy. Screen Digest says the Wii will be followed by the 360, which has a well-established user base in the US and has also been buoyed by sales of Halo 3. The PS3, says the report, will come in last because, "Sony's release schedule lacks the firepower to command consumer attention during this crucial trading quarter, and it is difficult to see how the catalogue will drive hardware sales in such a competitive environment."

Screen Digest analyst Ed Barton commented, "Given the PS3's release schedule this Christmas, it's not a surprise that Sony is focusing on lowering the cost of entry to the PS3 platform to maintain parity with its rivals this Christmas."

The report also lists the UK as a key territory for game development, saying that it "more than holds its own" against the US and Japan.

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Ordonian
Ordonian

"The report predicts that the Wii will be the winner this Christmastime" Was there ever any doubt?

captainalpha1
captainalpha1

I guess that's why it's the number 1 selling console, and has the largest market.

stanger277
stanger277

The wii is total crap. the idea is good,but the console isn't,neither does it have the games to back it up

lockerjc
lockerjc

Well, lets get the crystal ball out, Nintendo says there will be a limited supply of Wii's at the end of September, then says the price will not go down, then we magically see ads in the news paper for thanksgiving saying that a large shipment of wiis were acquired and Best Buy, Toys R Us GameStop have hundreds, people run out because they have been hyped. Buy Wii for christmas at full price, in march a price drop and then in the summer talk of a new fantastic new Wii with better graphics, faster processor, more memory a hard drive. Oh yea I can not wait to see the lemmings running out and get a Wii. Lets see 10 years ago went to stores and saw tons of tickle elmos after its hype it sell it for christmas.

masterchief1994
masterchief1994

The only games that might get PS3 sales up are HAZE and L.A.I.R.Sucks to be Sony.Go Microsoft then Nintendo!! :P

masterchief1994
masterchief1994

The only games for PS3 that might help it sales are HAZE and L.A.I.R.Sucks to be Sony.Go Microsoft then Nitendo!! :)

Akadem1k101
Akadem1k101

You damn Sony mofos get on my nerves. Wii and 360 dominate PS3 and when sony gets their PS3 price cut (which will neva happen cuz they are leading you guys to false hope) they still be wack

nvfigueiredo
nvfigueiredo

I wonder what these "eight 360 exclusives" are... until now, most of the so called "360 exclusives" have also come out on PC... Also, although the Wii continues to sell more than other consoles, its software sales have been very low (compared to the existing user base). Many people buy the Wii solely for Wii Sports - and probably will buy Super Mario and Mario Kart.

MrSickVisionz
MrSickVisionz

Matrixman2K: "I think that MS are the joke here. On one hand they support HDDVD, on the other they don't want to integrate the drive into, even, the so called 'elite' 360." I honestly think MS supports HD-DVD solely enhance HD movie and tv downloads on X-Box live. While HDDVD vs BR wages on, they're growing their download business and attracting more and more studios to release titles on it. This eliminates the need for HD-DVD or Blu-Ray if you own a 360. I think the major appeal of this plan was the fact that PS3 was more expensive so they could market it like, "play all your favorite games and watch all the latest movies in HD for $XXX less than Sony." Sony's major and constant price drops have probably thrown an wrench in that plan though.

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

wow, these "analysts" get paid for stating the obvious? cool racket.

Proman84
Proman84

This maybe so, BUT Blu-ray will still beat HD DVD.

Daffy101
Daffy101

Sounds like Sony is getting coal for X-mas =(

PatLTornado
PatLTornado

(Sigh.)First of all, GS you should be ashamed of yourselfs. Instead of posting a gaming article thats full of spin instead of news, why do you post the articles on the basis of opinion with fact not propoganda. Stop acting like Fox News! Get real and post gaming news not spin! Stop giving fanboys excuses to ramble off ideological talking points and I condem you for banning me just because I don't agree with them and then having the nerve of accusing me of name calling when they are the name callers not me. You violated my first amendment rights and hurt me and many others. Articles like this are just full of spin not really fact. How do we know that the Wii will outsell 360 this holiday season? What proof is there? I'm not asking Nintendo fanboys, I'm asking REAL gamers! No there is no proof that this will happen. With blockbuster sales of Halo 3, there's no doubt that 360's demand will be higher than Wii's last I checked, the game is still dominating sales charts and I suspect it will continue to throughout the holiday season, Check back next month. If Halo is still on the chart's then those doubting it will be proven wrong. I'm not going to post on why I didn't buy a wii and why I never will because it will give malajusted fanboys an excuse to report abuse just because I don't like their indispensible console. Granted I don't really believe in GS anymore, if anyone beside fanboys believes this nonsense then take note that this website actaully called the "Bungie leaving Microsoft" rumor bogus and then having the nerve to spin as "Bungie leaving Mircosoft to develop 3rd party titles on other consoles" when the truth is that Bungie will remain exclusive to Xbox 360.

Esteban011487
Esteban011487

Of course I will chage it to PS3, Wii games fading away troughout time!!!. So I will change it to a PS3, Xbox 360 will give me a redring, after I play it for a while!.

Genrihhh
Genrihhh

If Master Chief was for real I bet he would shot Mario in the Face!

Genrihhh
Genrihhh

For all Wii fans would you guys exchange your Wii for PS3 or X360 any day?

poofin
poofin

powerframe8 - your tears taste delicious.

mjwickstrom1
mjwickstrom1

I doubt it, with Halo 3, COD4, Assassins Creed, PGR 4, NFS, The Orange Box, F.E.A.R. Files, etc. out and coming out for the 360! MS will dominate, with Nintendo second, and Sony last.

Toastman923
Toastman923

Without SSBB i dont think itll do as well, itll still prob lead the holiday tho

rhys_101
rhys_101

God why do all these these comments on these stories end up in console wars! They are all good consoles in their own way :)

powerframe8
powerframe8

I'm sorry, but i'm still not jumping on this Wii bandwagon. I said it before, and I'll say it again, the wii is a fad. And honestly, no real game (aside from metroid, smash bros and galaxy, what else is there). Itll get old eventually... us 360/ps3 followers will just have to wait until the wii finally dies. stupid wii.

raptorkid_47
raptorkid_47

quote: smeghead83 "lets face it, like i said before love it or hate it the Wii is a run away success and can be called nothing but that. And the face of gaming wil never be the same again... because sorry to burst your bubble but change is inevitable." so what you are saying is, unless you like shallow games played on a dvd player, youre screwed? besides, the PS3 is outselling both the 360 and the wii in ausralia, AND the ps2 still counts for 42% of all console gamings, so it is sony wih the upper hand, methinks

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

No suprises here. I always thought that the Wii would become the next PS2. Looks like I was right.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

OBJECTION!!! Its good to have you back reactionsok

EternalYoshi
EternalYoshi

How can the Wii dominate if they can't meet shipping goals for the holidays?

reactionsok
reactionsok

OBJECTION!!! i always wanted to say that. I'm back from being banned :woot:

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Sony should just give their system away for free and hope game sales make up for it! Sony is in trouble, Xbox is rising, Wii is soaring high already, and 86 games is a good number of new titles in just 3 months time...

smeghead83
smeghead83

Still find it funny that people think that the PS2 is more powerful then the Wii, when the Wii is 2 times more powerful then the Gamecube, and the Gamecube is 2 times more powerful then the PS2...i mean this sad sony fanboy bashing of the Wii has to end ok. lets face it, like i said before love it or hate it the Wii is a run away success and can be called nothing but that. And the face of gaming wil never be the same again... because sorry to burst your bubble but change is inevitable.

twilight-X
twilight-X

the Brawl,curroption and chronicles are the key for it's succes wii will dominate

PS360Fanboy
PS360Fanboy

Now gamers will be able to afford a Ps3 for Xmas, look out XboX

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Super Mario Galaxy is going to be soo huge.

enoslives7
enoslives7

Hard to believe, seeing that the 7 year old PS2 is much more powerful than the gamecube 2 .

SabrieT
SabrieT

Hilltops: I'm not a PS2 owner myself, but I think it's a bit odd that you call it an obsolete console. It does still outsell the PS3, after all...

NandoSupes
NandoSupes

as a Sony PS3 owner ,I still have to give props to Nintendo they will always have my respect,good job Nintendo!!!

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

I better reserve copies of Super mario Galaxy and Super Smash Brothers Brawl then...

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

Nintendo already said they will continue to stay "sold out" and are going at full tilt for production so sales will be static compared to the last few months. By comparison I think they may be underestimating the 360 sales. Further they say it's cheaper to develop for the Wii but they need to keep in mind if you make a 360 title your 80% done a PC port and vise versa. Might cost a bit more but it makes for a significantly larger customer base to sell too.

Elaqure
Elaqure

Although there are plenty of wonderful games coming out for all of the system's this Christmas, everyone seems to be missing the big picture with Nintendo's Wii. While I will agree that there aren't very many GOOD ORIGINAL games on the system, there are plenty of, and continue to be plenty of, older games that many people have played in the past. Couple this with the fact that many of these people who played these games when they were kids now have kids of their own, and you have a winning strategy. People will buy the Wii for their kids and buy virtual console games for themselves. Also, if you look at the list of games that are being developed for the Wii, you can see that many of them were canceled/postponed indefinitely. This has largely to do with the fact that motion sensing controls are new and very hard to work with. Case in point, I've played with the PS3 sixaxis and must say that they did a remarkably crappy job with its motion sensing capabilities. Overall, while the Wii may not have the best graphics or game library, it does have an overwhelming potential to be the best system for a very long time.

Gigglefitz
Gigglefitz

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Gigglefitz
Gigglefitz

spelledarn: Are you kidding me? Nintendo isn't competing in this generation because it doesn't have too! Despite almost a year jump on the Wii, the 360's sales have slowed to the point that the Wii sales are now #1 worldwide. Not competing? That's because the Wii is dominating. And before the flames and the hate rain down... just look at the numbers folks. Don't hate me because I'm right. Kobugodo... they also forgot to mention that of the 47 x-box games, only 75% of people will play them since the rest are still waiting for their replacement Xbox!

Kobugodo
Kobugodo

They forgot to mention that out of the 86 Wii games %90 of the titles won't even break 100,000 unit sales. The quality of Wii games is going downhill fast... so much crap is coming out on it....

robx360
robx360

I was a nintendo fanboy until the original playstation came out. For the most part during that time I tried everything. Even the virtual boy. I still have all my nintendo systems. Including the wii. I never really play it though. 360 is my console of choice. Perhaps I will get a PS3 when it's worth it. I have awesome memories of Twisted Metal 2. Anyway great job Nintendo you deserve it.