Take a look at the chart below which represents total lifetime, worldwide sales of the big 3 consoles. (Found at VGChartz)
A few thoughts come to mind:
- The 360 has bombed in Japan. Less than 500K sold.
- Imagine how much further ahead Wii would be if they were available. They are still hard to find most places.
- Sony is barely in the game. Good thing they still have the PS2.
- Looking only at Japan sales, the Wii beats the combined sales of Sony and Microsoft.
It’s funny to see Nintendo and Sony swap places going back just a couple of years. Nintendo has shown that innovative games still rock and will sell well. People will pay to be able to play franchise games like Zelda and Mario that aren’t available on the other consoles.
I love seeing Nintendo kick some Sony and Microsoft butt. Nintendo is also the only company to make money selling their console. Both Microsoft and Sony sell theirs at a loss. Nintendo is in a good position to further their lead over the next year. Sony has no momentum and Microsoft is taking a $1 billion hit to replace defective 360’s, effectively scaring away many potential buyers.
Update: Microsoft wireless racing wheel overheats. Someone needs to start a contest to see who can guess the next 360 part to overheat. My money is on the HD-DVD player.