Send News. Want a reply? Read this. More in the FAQ.   News Forum - All Forums - Mobile - PDA - RSS Headlines  RSS Headlines   Twitter  Twitter
Customize
User Settings
Styles:
LAN Parties
Upcoming one-time events:

Regularly scheduled events

Op Ed

Ars Technica - Why are video game sales looking so weak lately? Blame Nintendo.
But the same probably doesn't apply to the Wii, which definitely had a longer way to fall than its competition. For years after its late 2006 launch, the Wii dominated both hardware and software sales charts. It did so primarily by attracting consumers that hadn't been a big part of the video game market beforehand. But around 2009, Creutz says, those consumers started shifting over to mobile phone and Facebook games in a big way, leaving Nintendo nowhere to go but down from its historical highs (this transition has also caused a lengthy dip in sales for the portable system segment that Nintendo has traditionally dominated).

Even with Nintendo reverting to the mean, though, there's reason to believe that the overall game market might not be in as bad shape as NPD's topline numbers suggest. The company's measurement of new retail sales leaves out the increasingly important market for downloadable games, including free-to-play titles that are bringing in big money on PCs and mobile phones. Even on consoles, NPD's core data doesn't include significant money brought in by downloadable content.

Email Digg Facebook Twitter   Share More    


 

  
   Current Headlines
Resident Evil Revelations 2 Announced
Flockers This Month
Star Citizen Arena Commander Trial for DragonCon Attendees
Alone in the Dark: Illumination Trailer, Details
Haunted House: Cryptic Graves Trailer, Details
U.K. Sales Charts
Memorial Crowdfunding Roundup
Op Ed
Memorial Interviews
Memorial Previews
Memorial Consolidation
Memorial Mobilization
Memorial Metaverse
Memorial Safety Dance
Game Reviews
Hardware Reviews
etc.
Out of the Blue
Activision Taking Take-Two?
Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced
  

 



footer

Blue's News logo