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Friday, 10 September 2010 09:30

Game sales plummet

Written by Nick Farell
y_analyst

Dark times ahead
Games console and software sales are plummeting faster than a free fall team of performing parachuting elephants who have forgotten to pack the key ingredient of their act.

Market researcher NPD Group said that Nintendo’s DS handheld players and Wii consoles led a 10 percent fall in US video-game hardware and software sales in August. Overall sales dropped to $818.9 million last month, with revenue from hardware falling five percent and game software dropping 14 percent.

NPD said that sales of the touch-screen DS slumped 38 percent to 342,700 players, while those of the Wii fell 12 percent to 244,300 consoles, the lowest since its debut in November 2006, according to the statement.

While it is possible that people are putting off buying new gear because the second generation of controller games are on the way, the sales falls have not effected Microsoft's Xbox and the Sony PS3 which are expected to feature the new controllers.

Nintendo, whose DS sales fell for five straight months in the US, will release a successor model with a 3D screen this fiscal year to boost demand.

Nick Farell

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+50 #1 Warhead 2010-09-10 09:52
PC gamers dont have this problem. One game, one rig...need to improve performance, upgrade a cpu, memory or gpu but the PC will always be there..no need to wait for "second generation". :P
 
 
+36 #2 robert3892 2010-09-10 09:56
I tend to agree WARHEAD. That's why I only game from a PC
 
 
+24 #3 AndreiD 2010-09-10 12:55
I fail to understand how Nintendo's sales going bad means that all of the industry is going to suffer. Most great titles aren't available on the platform anyway.
The title should be "Nintendo's sales plummet" not the general form "Games ..".
 
 
+14 #4 Nooblet 2010-09-10 13:26
have they heard of saturation or did they expect everwiione to buy a 2nd gaming console at home?
 
 
+8 #5 Evil_Clown666 2010-09-10 15:46
i like your name Nooblet
 
 
+1 #6 nforce4max 2010-09-10 21:39
Yawn not for the pc gamer. Only still working console that has yet to quit on me is a ancient N64.
 
 
0 #7 GrumpyOldMan 2010-09-13 17:39
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" plummeting faster than a free fall team of performing parachuting elephants who have forgotten to pack the key ingredient of their act. "

Priceless, lol.

Of course sales plummet in August. Even those too fat and lazy to go outside take a holiday from their room. Besides, why get drunk inside when you can do it outside in the nice weather?

As I get older I think I understand why so many americans in the northeast retire in nice warm places like Florida. Your body doesn't burn up a whole lotta fuel = less body heat. That and accompanying circulatory problems of the extremeties.

Watch the temps fall and game sales will pick up in tandem.


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