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Interesting posts on gaf following the abysmal Wii software numbers in the UK

So I did a few calculations with these figures.

Total sales Jan 2012 - 2778
Total sales Jan 2013 - 2111

Market decrease of 26%

Now let's look at the detail.

Nintendo vs non-Nintendo:

Total Nintendo platform sales in Jan 2012 - 999k
Total non-Nintendo platform sales in Jan 2012 - 1779k

Total Nintendo platform sales in Jan 2013 - 467k
Total non-Nintendo platform sales in Jan 2013 - 1644k

Nintendo YoY decrease - 53.3%
Non-Nintendo YoY decrease - 7.6%
Non-Nintendo YoY decrease consoles only - 3.5%


So, is it the UK market that's dead, or Nintendo that's dead in the UK?

I hope this myth that gaming is dead in the UK ceases to exist, it's Nintendo that are in serious decline. A new generation of consoles from Sony and MS would more than fix the current problems for their own decline.

This is the percent of marketshare the Wii U had in each country last year:

France: 4.20%
UK: 3.08%
Germany: 3.08%
Netherlands: 2.24%
Belgium: 1.96%
Italy: 1.68%
Spain: 1.12%

In those terms the UK is the Wii U's joint second best market.


"Home console HW sales aimed at traditional gaming demographics have been remarkably stable during the last decade through the rise and fall of the Wii, through the GFC, through the rise of the iPhone and iOS and consequently Android and tablets.

Per JVM's figure:



 

So what do you guys think?




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lol, it was about time! xD

1.12% marketshare in Spain? Wth
France is the only one that looks almost mediocre

The better question: is the market in decline because Nintendo's in decline?

7th-gen growth is largely due to Wii/DS, after all. If Nintendo's dropped the ball such that they're not doing the heavy lifting anymore, how will the 8th gen stack up?

Could be the first instance of gen-over-gen decline in the history of home console gaming.

Thanks for making voice acting an a-list pastime.

Back to school soon enough :/

You asked if the market is in decline and only show figures in Europe lol. And how can it only be Ninty when the other consoles are in decline as well?

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Obviously both. The market as a whole includes Nintendo and if Nintendo declines with no one to take their place then the whole market declines.

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I think it is because Nintendo is just the first on the market. If you look at the 360 launch, it wasn't super impressive (about 5 million before the next console launched) but it still managed to give the 360 the edge to keep it over the 360 up until this point. Also, once Nintendo actually have some newer games on the market, it should be fine. By the time the new xbox and new ps3 launches, it should be well above the 5 million mark. What happens afterward is anybody elses guess.

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Mr Khan said:
The better question: is the market in decline because Nintendo's in decline?

7th-gen growth is largely due to Wii/DS, after all. If Nintendo's dropped the ball such that they're not doing the heavy lifting anymore, how will the 8th gen stack up?

Could be the first instance of gen-over-gen decline in the history of home console gaming.

Pretty much exactly this--anyone expecting a repeat of the last gen, hardware-wise, is in for a crushing disappointment. It's not just that Nintendo isn't doing the heavy lifting, it's that the world economy *will be* terrible until the mid-teens and there is just that much more competition for leisure time, and I'm not talking about just tablets.



Exactly Mr. Khan, without Ninty the market would continue to decline because lets face it, they're the only ones left that can actually sell well globally and not just well in a hand full of territories.

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Turkish said:


Per JVM's figure


oh wow, that's a sexy graphic.  thanks for sharing.

..and both.  sony and MS let their gen go on too long but i don't expect the kind of declines we are seeing with nintendo come next gen.



        

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