1st half 2011 : Software and hardware sales analysis

Hey, everyone! Half of the year has passed, high time for a report from the console wars front :

Worldwide sales

  • Pokemon Black/White flattened the competition

  • Out of 47 games (bundled games are excluded), there are 15 X360 games, 14 PS3 games, 10 Wii games, 4 DS games, 2 PSP games and 2 3DS games

  • Out of 10 Wii games, there are 3 Mario games, 4 dancing games, 1 fitness game and 1 party game

  • GT5 still sells more than 1 million despite heavy criticism and contempt

HD software has a strong lead : both X360 and PS3 sell more SW than Wii despite smaller user base. PS3 turns out to be the top selling system for the 1st half of 2011 despite the recent Wii price cut. Costumers being obviously price-sensitive, PS3 and 360 price cut could possibly kill off the Wii since Nintendo will be entirely focused on 3DS/WiiU. 3DS actually disappoints and still doesn’t meet Nintendo’s forecasts, as it was essentially bought by Nintendo loyalists. The Xmas period will show whether casual gamers, who can make or brake the system, upgrade from DS to 3DS. Core gamers however, are likely to be deterred by the lack of strong and exclusive software.

Americas sales

  • Pokemon Black/White flattened the competition

  • Out of 47 games (bundled games are excluded), there are 18 X360 games, 16 PS3 games, 10 Wii games and 3 DS games

  • Out of 10 Wii games, there are 3 Mario games, 4 dancing games, 1 fitness game

  • No PSP or 3DS game charted

Pretty much the same as worldwide sales, this market leaning more towards 360.

EMEAA sales

  • Pokemon Black/White flattened the competition

  • Out of 47 games (bundled games are excluded), there are 12 X360 games, 16 PS3 games, 10 Wii games, 5 DS games, 2 PC games, 1 PSP game and 1 PS2 game

  • Out of 10 Wii games, there are 3 Mario games, 4 dancing games, 1 fitness game and 1 party game

  • GT5 is the 6th best selling game despite heavy criticism and contempt

  • No 3DS game charted

Pretty much the same as worldwide sales, this market leaning more towards PS3.

Japan sales

  • Out of 47 games (bundled games are excluded), there are 19 PSP games, 10 PS3 games, 8 Wii games, 7 DS games and 5 3DS games

  • Out of 8 Wii games, there are 3 Mario games, 1 fitness game and 2 party games

  • No X360 game charted

  • No Western game charted

Japan 1st half sales for 2011 confirm the shift from home consoles to handheld systems, with PSP stronger than ever and 3DS topping hardware sales. PS3 is well ahead Wii and X360 combined and will probably further increase its lead on Tales of Xilia and Final Fantasy XIII-2.

Third parties

PS3

X360

Wii

Black Ops 1,754,224

Black Ops 2,031,697

Just Dance 2 2’819’864

L.A. Noire 1,537,942

L.A. Noire 1,614,426

Zumba Fitness 1,708,708

Mortal Kombat 1,110,113

Homefront 1,193,562

Michael Jackson 1,030,144

Dead Space 2 837,838

Portal 2 1,059,856

Just Dance 693,457

Portal 2 792,350

Dead Space 2 986,546

Note that if we only consider the titles released in 2011, Wii has only Zumba Fitness, Marvel vs Capcom 3 enters the PS3 top (Black Ops out) and Crysis 2 enters the X360 top (Black Ops out).

The most successful PS3 and X360 third party games again more roughly the same, which demonstrates once that those audiences are very similar. Wii has only 4 third party games in the top 50, and all of them are dancing games… This clearly shows that third parties have deserted the system (3 of the latter are Ubisoft games) and that the Wii audience has uniform tastes. Vgchartz just revealed that Just Dance 2 is actually the best selling third party game on a Nintendo system EVER, further proof (if needed) that Nintendo casualized its home console to death, since the manufacturer itself has pretty much buried it.

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