So, the Wii numbers would be impressive on their own, but comparing them to the PS3 and 360 numbers for the same month is just staggering. Then you add on top of that the GTA4 numbers and the Wii is still selling that much more than everything else and the mind boggles.
GTA4/Mario Kart numbers impressive as well when you consider they came out end of month.
Personally, from a hard-core gamer perspective, I thought it would be a banner month for xbox360/ps3 with the release of the Best Game Ever. I bought Mario Kart, but felt little interest towards it.
I should have known though – we got my grandmother Mario Kart for her birthday. It’s what she wanted. She played it once, at a relative’s house after it came out. She liked playing it and wanted it over for when the kids were around.
Because of the silly wheel, I could actually see getting it for all the people I know of the older but newly gaming wii set. Obviously, GTA4 has the opposite reaction with this new main stream of video game consumers.
In my area, some stores have wii fit sold out of pre-orders, and I’m considering purchasing it and a wii for some older family members.
Huge leap meaning it sells comparable to the X360 which has a year of time and X millions of sold units head start? Yeah it looks like. Price cut and games to play makes sense it should join the ranks of the console that isn’t a mainstream breakthrough.
I don’t think the 360 is supply constrained anymore and the PS3 has been competitive since January. However, there is still debate over how much of Sony’s jump is a result of gamers and how much is the victory of blu-ray and the PS3’s position as the best blu-ray player on the market in terms of video playback features and price.
What I think both MS and Sony should be concerned about is that GTAIV does not seem to have driven any hardware sales. Last month both systems did about 260k in US sales, but it was a 5 week month instead of 4 weeks for April. Sales are about the same on a weekly basis.
Yea wasn’t a big topic among gamer pundits about which system would get a bigger bump from all the people who have been on the fence and saw GTA IV as the game to finally get them to guy? Well the answer so far seem to be neither, and they both dropped from last month.
Compared to last year’s 2:1 favoring of 360, I’d call parity a pretty huge leap in competitiveness. Not that the 360 is threatened or anything, mind. Just that parity is a lot better than I recall it having sold. Considering I desperately want to buy a PS3 as a Blu-Ray player and can’t find enough reasons (Ratchet and Clank and Drake being it so far) to justify doing so, I’m impressed that it’s picking up momentum right now at all. The gamescape for the PS3 seems like an utter wasteland compared to the 360 which has more or less the same stuff, plus.
Not conclusively but you would think that even a small bump would have occurred. I mean its not like the whole planet didn’t know GTA IV was coming out so if there were people waiting to get either system I’d think some of them would have made the move.