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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 It was surprise because it used outdated graphics but had a motion-sensing controller.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Xbox and PS3 got motion controllers of their own, but they are now cheaper than the Wii which is starting to show how out of date it is.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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+24 #1 thetruth 2010-11-26 10:40
Killed off? Disappearing? Personally I don't own any of the 3 consoles, but the way I see it, the Wii was a run away success and I doubt that Nintendo really care if the Xbox360 is now beating it, there's far more to the console battles than just number of units sold. Nintendo made a massive gain with each console sold, Microsoft and Sony didn't. Sure, that might have changed now, but Nintendo made a killing at the time and I'm sure they have future, successful and equally gimmicky consoles planned.
 
 
-5 #2 function69 2010-11-26 10:54
The King is dead. Long live the King!
 
 
+5 #3 Warhead 2010-11-26 11:08
Microsoft's has this incredible ability to gain market share in many areas by being a late adopter...did it with network solution (when Novell was dominating), browers (IE over Mozilla) game consoles and god know what's next (mobile or search engine?).
 
 
-34 #4 Warrior24_7 2010-11-26 11:21
If you would've listened to all of the dumb@ss analysts and people who don't even have a console, then #1, you're stupid, and #2, the Xbox 360 shouldn't even be here right now! Predicted to have been killed off upon the release of both the Wii and the PS3, when THAT didn't happen, then the RRD, and then the "high" price of Xbox Live! My how times have changed. :D The Wii was never a "victor", but an also ran leading a race that was and "is" far from over! Anybody who still holds onto the notion that M$ and Sony didn't, don't, or won't make a profit off of their boxes, needs a visit from the AM-DUNG bird turd! :-x The business model is the razor/razor blades approach. Sell the razor (the console) and make money off of the blades (the games). Its proven and it works! Just ask the PC!
 
 
-27 #5 Warrior24_7 2010-11-26 11:23
The Kinect is the latest M$ product predicted to fail, and its selling out! Man these people are dumb!
 
 
+13 #6 The blue fox 2010-11-26 11:37
There basing the popularity of the consoles buy how many search hit's they get? what about people searching for help with problems with the systems. like the RROD. Or the YLOD?
 
 
-6 #7 Warrior24_7 2010-11-26 11:45
Quoting The blue fox:
There basing the popularity of the consoles buy how many search hit's they get? what about people searching for help with problems with the systems. like the RROD. Or the YLOD?


Well if they're basing the popularity on "problem" searches, then the PC would be winning! :D
 
 
+30 #8 B0GiE-uk- 2010-11-26 12:20
DEATH TO THE XBOX!!!

Its killing PC gaming :(
 
 
-33 #9 Warrior24_7 2010-11-26 12:26
Quote:
DEATH TO THE XBOX!!!
Its killing PC gaming :(






PC gamers are killing PC gaming! ;-)
 
 
+5 #10 nt300 2010-11-26 13:07
Wii was the sales KING for many years, they still remain KING of the motion controller(s) in terms of performance. How long did it take MS and Sony to release there own versions. All Nintendo needs to do now is drop the Wii by as much as $50 and it will make a massive comeback IMO.

Wii was targeted for everybody where as XBOX 360 and PS3 was targeted for pure gamers with the odd bunch for Blu-Ray playback only.

Things have changed. Now we got much better graphics and with the Motion Controller. That is where MS & Sony beats out Wii.
 

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