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When will PS3 lose its momentum?!

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Shane said: As a rule, casual gamers aren't also early adopters. They're not gonna hunt for the system or pay top dollar. You can occasionally get Nintendo gamers to deviate from the status quo of buying Mario, Pokemon, Zelda, etc., but the only example I can think of during the current millenium is Sonic, which isn't that far a stretch from those. The last platinum third party game on a Nintendo console was Derby Stallion 96 on the Super Nintendo. FFCC, which I'd put in the same boat as DQS, moved 350k units, a modest success, but not spectacular. If DQS does sell well, though, it may pave the way for not a general increase in support but perhaps more spinoffs and/or major franchises.
Well I don't know if you wanted to counter my "don't underestimate the casual" rant before, but I do think that you failed to answer why the most sold games in Japan is Wii Sport and Wii Play not Zelda if only N-fans is buying it. Now of course I don't say that this will lead to magnificant sells of 3rd party games, but DS is showing that 3rd party offerings can sell well on Nintendo plattforms. If Nintendo is tapping the same crowd for the Wii as the DS (in Japan), I can't see why that the same sale numbers couldn't be seen. In USA I actuly think that the sales so far is pretty stable for 3rd parties not increadible but actuly not to bad either. To end this I must say that if it was only old GC fans buying Wii I don't we would have seen this rapid sell out over the whole world, especially not in Europe.



 

 

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The simple answer is that Wii Play/Sports are still from Nintendo. From a marketing perspective, the Wii line of games offers two things Zelda doesn't. When you advertise the games, you're automatically advertising the system because the name is the same, and the games also really show off what makes Wii different (with Zelda, the Wii features are just an afterthought).



Another comparison albeit referring to handhelds. Didn't the PSP come swinging fast out of the gates in Euroland as well? I'm not saying that the same fate awaits the PS3, but it is indeed something to consider. Cost is always prohibitive for consumers.



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robjoh said: In USA I actuly think that the sales so far is pretty stable for 3rd parties not increadible but actuly not to bad either.
I don't remember which thread I mentioned it on and I didn't save the numbers but CoD3, NFS, and Madden are selling slightly more on the Wii than they did on the GameCube despite the Wii going from 0-6 million units sold during the period compared with 20+ million during the same period last year. Sonic, Red Steel, and Rayman have all done fairly well for a third party exclusive, better than just about anything except RE4 and a few other titles on the GC.



Li Mu Bai said: Another comparison albeit referring to handhelds. Didn't the PSP come swinging fast out of the gates in Euroland as well? I'm not saying that the same fate awaits the PS3, but it is indeed something to consider. Cost is always prohibitive for consumers.
That's the big question, did the PS3 simply sell quickly to the few Euro fanboys with the quid and euros to buy it? Like how the GC came roaring out of the gates in the US in 2001 as Nintendo fanboys bought it then quickly died off after the fanboy market was exhausted. We'll see soon enough.



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Cost is definitely Sony's biggest hurdle to climb, but it's doable. It's at a point where they'd probably need to cut it by 1/3 to have much impact, but they've got a lot of room to move and a lot of time to do it. In Europe, I just don't see any competition for Sony. Nintendo's never been a strong player there, and Microsoft's well behind the curve as well.