Meanwhile, PS3 and Xbox 360 rise
It's even worse news for Nintendo as the latest sales numbers from industry tracking firm NPD Group have been released. Wii numbers continue to fall, this time to the lowest ever in the console's history.
NPD, which tracks sales numbers in the US, said that in August only 244,300 Wii units were sold. That puts it far behind the Xbox 360 and in very close territory with the PS3.
It's right in the middle of the pack, which doesn't sound terrible. But there was a time when Wii sales were more than the Xbox 360 and the PS3 combined, times two. For the Wii to almost not even sell as many units as the PS3 shows an extreme decline in momentum.
The full numbers were as follows:
Xbox 360 – 356,700
Wii – 244,300
PSP – 79,400
Unlike the Wii, the Xbox 360 and PS3 both showed an increased compared to their August 2009 numbers. Also of note is that for the second month in a row, the DS fell to the second spot. DS sales had been astronomical, always toppling even the extremely high-selling Wii. The numbers over the last few months have been very sobering.
One argument to make is that the Wii and DS have already sold through so many people, it was bound to slow down eventually. After all, each person in the US only needs one Wii. That is true, to an extent.
But looking at the software sales spells an even clearer picture as to why Wii is slipping. The Wii still managed to claim three of the top 10 selling games of the month, but not a single one of them was more recent than four months ago. The console hasn't had any top-selling games that have come out in more than 160 days.
Meanwhile, the PS3 and Xbox 360 had Madden, Mafia II, and NCAA Football 11 in the last couple weeks alone. Here's the complete software breakdown for August:
1) Madden NFL 11 (Electronic Arts, Xbox 360) -- 920,800
2) Madden NFL 11 (Electronic Arts, PlayStation 3) -- 893,600
3) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo, Wii) - 124,600
4) Mafia II (Take 2 Interactive, Xbox 360) -- 121,600
5) New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo, DS) -- 110,400
6) New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo)
7) Mafia II (Take 2 Interactive, PS3)
8) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Blizzard, Xbox 360)
9) NCAA Football 11 (Electronic Arts, Xbox 360)
10) Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo)
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