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Pretty good first week for OOT.

Duke Nukem is bombing a bit in Europe wonder if it will repeat that pattern in the US?

Infamous 2 had a decent second week not amazing but not bad, held on decently in Europe

LA Noire seems to be levelling out, at least on PS3 really hope the game continues to sell, it was nice to play something different for once

Child of Eden and Alice did okay, expected more for Child of Eden though it had a fair amount of hype

Agarest War opened pretty decently too, 50k overall for a really niche low quality RPG not bad



TheSource said:

The thing about Microsoft's statement is its probably for their fiscal year, and not the calendar year. I'm not sure X360 will be ahead of Wii or PS3 this (Jan-Dec) year. X360 is behind PS3 quite a bit by sales / shipments and we've heard murmurs of a Sony price cut in August, nothing really about a X360 price cut yet. Wii is a little ahead of X360 year to date, and that lead should grow further over the next few months since Nintendo cut price. Then, later in the year, Wii will probably perform similarly in the West to X360 over Christmas and better in Japan.

X360 is already ahead of Wii (and PS3) in the USA over the past year, and by extension North America, but its hard to imagine that expanding globally. Here in the USA part of the reason I wanted price cuts for X360 / PS3 at E3 was because with the NFL strike some of the Madden / NCAA momnetum that keeps sales decent in July-August will probably be gone this year, which means the baseline ahead of the price cuts will be lower. August is kind of a wasteland from the release dates that have been announced so far, so the rebound on price cuts will be from a pretty low point.


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Seece said:


I also think it's fairly obvious a price cut on Kinect and a big advertising boost will push Kinect higher than it did last year, why are people so against the idea Kinect can sell akin to a console? People see its sales today and think, it's fading fast, it's history. Have they learnt NOTHING from being on this site???

It might not be obvious to you but then you don't have all the facts and you're not in the know, MS rarely come out with comments like this and I don't think they would stand on that stage and repeat it to journalists unless they were very confident.

Like i said, Kinect bundle at $199 + advertisments, sales in the U.S will explode, that'll be enough for WW.


I've brought this out several times in the past but it always seems to be ignored. You think saturation will have no effect on a potential impact a price cut might have? Why do think DS's price cut last year fell almost totally flat? And now even Wii's price cut only seems to be giving a modest short term boost. Saturation is a very real issue that 360 is facing in America. It's not really an issue in Europe outside of the UK due to the higher population and 360's lower install base but continental Europe has never been very pro-360 to begin with. Not to mention the fact that $200 is pretty much determined to be the mass market price point. Any price cuts after that aren't going to be as meaningful.



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postofficebuddy said:
Seece said:


I also think it's fairly obvious a price cut on Kinect and a big advertising boost will push Kinect higher than it did last year, why are people so against the idea Kinect can sell akin to a console? People see its sales today and think, it's fading fast, it's history. Have they learnt NOTHING from being on this site???

It might not be obvious to you but then you don't have all the facts and you're not in the know, MS rarely come out with comments like this and I don't think they would stand on that stage and repeat it to journalists unless they were very confident.

Like i said, Kinect bundle at $199 + advertisments, sales in the U.S will explode, that'll be enough for WW.


I've brought this out several times in the past but it always seems to be ignored. You think saturion will have no effect on a potential impact a price cut might have? Why do think DS's price cut last year fell almost totally flat? And now even Wii's price cut only seems to be giving a modest short term boost. Saturation is a very real issue that 360 is facing in America. It's not really an issue in Europe outside of the UK due to the higher population and 360's lower install base but continental Europe has never been very pro-360 to begin with. Not to mention the fact that $200 is pretty much determined to be the mass market price point. Any price cuts after that aren't going to be as meaningful.


Agreed. 200 bucks is so cheap people who want one have no reason not to get one.



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Why is everyone calling Zelda OOT 3D a flop?

I actually didn't expect it to sell as much as it did...especially in Japan. The boost for 3DS was also higher than I thought it would be. Most people are not willing to buy a system(Especially at $250) for 1 game. I guess people had overly high expectations for both Zelda and the 3DS?



Pretty boring sales all around for everyone. I'm still highly unimpressed with 3DS sales. You know I really think phones and tablits are really starting to impact the handheld market.

Infamous 2 is off to a pretty slow start, something thats been affecting most PS3 excluisves this year.

Duke Nukem Forever is somehow selling despite horrendous reviews. I haven't played the game myself though so I can't really comment on the quality.

Portal 2 on 360 is now a million seller on the console.

Halo Reach showing freaking amazing legs.

Red Faction Armagedon is bombing hard.

Low start for Child of Eden but it is a pretty niche title hopefully the good reviews help give it some legs.



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Very good Wii, it could stabilize at quite high sales. Good PS3. Good % boost WoW for 3DS, but despite receiving from Zelda a very good boost in Japan and an excellent one in EMEAA, it can still beat by less than 20k PSP, that, by the way, is almost dead in America, not an achievement to call home about. Kinect, despite a (little) help from Child of Eden, is down, and Balance Board beats it almost 2:1.

Japan:

Good boost from Zelda for 3DS, good week overall, except for PS3 that has a little drop after the Yakuza launch little boost.



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