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Friday, 26 November 2010 09:34

Wii disappearing

Written by Nick Farell

Xbox is king

It has taken a while but it appears that the Xbox 360 has killed off Nintendo's Wii and is now in position to dominate the games console market.

The Wii was a surprise victor of the games console war. It was surprise because it used outdated graphics but had a motion-sensing controller. It was also cheaper than the Xbox and PS3. However that seems to be changing. Not only have the Xbox and PS3 got motion controllers of their own, but they are now cheaper than the Wii which is starting to show how out of date it is.

Research by the online voucher site revealed 43 percent of all games console searches on the site of for the Xbox 360, while Sony's Playstation 3 is lagging behind with 31 percent of all searches. Some of the Xbox's popularity may steam from the Kinect, which was launched earlier this month. MyVoucherCodes said the Nintendo Wii is the least popular games console, accounting for just 16 percent of all searches relating to consoles on the site, that down 47 percent on this time last year.

Mark Pearson, chairman of MyVoucherCodes, said: "This time last year, the Nintendo Wii was still competing well against the other higher spec consoles. This year, however, the Wii is facing some fierce competition from its competitor; sony's PS3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360 are forcing the Wii to the bottom of the gaming league table. I think the release of the Move [motion controller for the PS3] and Kinect is the sole reason.”

Nick Farell

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