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    Video Game/Console Sales are Slipping as Much as Auto Sales

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    The Wii from Nintendo /quotes/comstock/11i!ntdoy (NTDO.Y 33.55, -0.77, -2.24%) remained the most popular of the next-gen consoles, but the mega-popular device has watched sales slide notably over the last two months. About 340,000 Wii units were sold in April, down 43% from March and less than half of the 753,000 units sold in February.

    Rival consoles from Microsoft Corp. /quotes/comstock/15*!msft/quotes/nls/msft (MSFT 20.32, +0.26, +1.31%) and Sony Corp. /quotes/comstock/13*!sne/quotes/nls/sne (SNE 26.43, +0.17, +0.65%) fared little better. The XBox 360 sold 175,000 units -- down 47% from March -- while the Playstation 3 saw unit sales fall 42% to 127,000 for April, according to NPD.


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    Re: Video Game/Console Sales are Slipping as Much as Auto Sales

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    MarketWatch.com Story

    The Wii from Nintendo /quotes/comstock/11i!ntdoy (NTDO.Y 33.55, -0.77, -2.24%) remained the most popular of the next-gen consoles, but the mega-popular device has watched sales slide notably over the last two months. About 340,000 Wii units were sold in April, down 43% from March and less than half of the 753,000 units sold in February.

    Rival consoles from Microsoft Corp. /quotes/comstock/15*!msft/quotes/nls/msft (MSFT 20.32, +0.26, +1.31%) and Sony Corp. /quotes/comstock/13*!sne/quotes/nls/sne (SNE 26.43, +0.17, +0.65%) fared little better. The XBox 360 sold 175,000 units -- down 47% from March -- while the Playstation 3 saw unit sales fall 42% to 127,000 for April, according to NPD.

    Yes, God forbid they actually have Wii's available in stores now!



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    Re: Video Game/Console Sales are Slipping as Much as Auto Sales

    Quote Originally Posted by RayShimley View Post
    Yes, God forbid they actually have Wii's available in stores now!
    they're actually pretty easy to find, now.


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    Re: Video Game/Console Sales are Slipping as Much as Auto Sales

    Where I don't think the economy is helping things, I do believe there are more factors to consider here when it comes to console sales. I'd think summer is pretty slow time for console sales as it is. Then considering we are reaching year 4 or 5? for the 360 and year 3 for the PS3. I think you are reaching a point in this cycle where most people that want a system, have a system. And until the holiday season you probably won't see much of a jump anyways.

    A better indication would be actual game sales and how they are doing right now. Games are where they make their money anyways. And if they played their cards right, they'd punch that, "Can't afford a vacation, take one at home on your TV." market.

    The only system I really remember still selling strong late in it's cycle was the PS2. And that's because it was cheap, cheap, cheap and everyone was still producing games for it. A big price drop would help those console sales numbers substantially, but I imagine they'll hold that off for the holiday season.



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    Re: Video Game/Console Sales are Slipping as Much as Auto Sales

    Is there any new great games out? That is the reason I have not bought anything in a while.


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    Re: Video Game/Console Sales are Slipping as Much as Auto Sales

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Is there any new great games out? That is the reason I have not bought anything in a while.
    Not so much. Summer is a dead period for big game releases for the most part.



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    Re: Video Game/Console Sales are Slipping as Much as Auto Sales

    I've heard rumblings that PS3 basic package price is dropping to $300 from $400 shortly. Anyone hear any truth to these rumors?



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    Re: Video Game/Console Sales are Slipping as Much as Auto Sales

    Quote Originally Posted by danrog View Post
    I've heard rumblings that PS3 basic package price is dropping to $300 from $400 shortly. Anyone hear any truth to these rumors?
    I doubt it simply because they're already selling them at a loss. I think if they were going to knock them down, they'da done it already.



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    Re: Video Game/Console Sales are Slipping as Much as Auto Sales

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    I doubt it simply because they're already selling them at a loss. I think if they were going to knock them down, they'da done it already.
    Its pretty likely that they will IMO, but like others have said, its not likely that it will happen until the holiday season.



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    Re: Video Game/Console Sales are Slipping as Much as Auto Sales

    If new video games were $30, sales might pick up.

    Are new game applications on iPods/iPTouch/phones diverting some sales of games to the phones?


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    Re: Video Game/Console Sales are Slipping as Much as Auto Sales

    Dude...

    A couple of TERRIFIC PS3 games have come out recently or are coming out soon:

    Killzone 2 in Feb (best gfx of any game this gen)
    Infamous (9.2 from IGN, Superhero Sandbox game out on May 25th)



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    Re: Video Game/Console Sales are Slipping as Much as Auto Sales

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    If new video games were $30, sales might pick up.

    Are new game applications on iPods/iPTouch/phones diverting some sales of games to the phones?
    I doubt it. Alot of those games arent close to the caliber of game that you get on a handheld, and definately not on par with consoles. I do think the price point of games has alot to do with it though. 60 bucks for a new release is pretty crazy, even though its probably justified with ever rising cost to develop games.



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    Re: Video Game/Console Sales are Slipping as Much as Auto Sales

    Quote Originally Posted by tzjung View Post
    Dude...

    A couple of TERRIFIC PS3 games have come out recently or are coming out soon:

    Killzone 2 in Feb (best gfx of any game this gen)
    Infamous (9.2 from IGN, Superhero Sandbox game out on May 25th)
    That would be why I qualified it with for the most part. Its generally the rule but what rule doesnt have a few exceptions? But you try to make the case that summer is like winter for releases, thats blind. Also a Feb. release isnt really a summer release.



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    Re: Video Game/Console Sales are Slipping as Much as Auto Sales

    Punchout comes out next week!


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    Re: Video Game/Console Sales are Slipping as Much as Auto Sales

    Summer is traditionally slow, but there are still some good games to be found.

    EA will have some heavy hitters this summer. Fight Night Round 4 in June, NCAA Football 10 in July, and Madden 10 in August. Also, Tiger Woods 10 is in there as well.

    Sacred 2 just released for those who are into the Diablo style of game.

    Battlestations Pacific is a fantastic WWII flight/naval battle RTS on the Xbox 360. It just came out.

    The Bionic Commando remake looks to be pretty decent, and the new Red Faction is getting some pretty good buzz.


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