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Stromprophet said: Monty said: I'd also take that bet... You think the Wii will outsell the 360 by about 700,000 units every month until the summer? I'm not even certain that Nintendo is projecting they'll make 14-15 million units by then (where the 360 is projected). Worldwide yes. It's not going to be that hard for Nintendo to get production up. They claim to have shipped 4 million worldwide thus far. They have sold 1 million units in Japan. They sold almost 300k one week over there. Worldwide I don't think it will be hard. After January we'll have a clearer picture how the respective systems will sell in Non-holiday non-launch environments for the year. I think it can easily outsell every console by 300k in Japan and 300k in Europe for at least the first half of this year and then into the end of the year. But after more people get their HD TVs Wii loses its advantage. And of course lack of killer apps, such as MGS4, FFXIII, Halo3, etc, etc. None of the real graphics intensive games will even touch the Wii. I'm not sure how the PS3 will do. But I'm getting one in March after my tax-refund. I'm sure once the exclusive usual titles come out, and also increased blu-ray penetration. Overall, I think it will get really close for the long term this cycle.
Nintendo is saying 6 million by the end of March. Sales do not remain at a Holiday pace, nor does shipping/manufacturing. They will not even get to 10 million by the summer. Plus, the Wii didn't even outsell the 360 in the holiday season. It likely sold around 3 million and is still around 6 million behind (which was where it was at when we started). They've yet to gain any ground, but you think they're going to outsell the 360 by 6 million in the next 6-8 months. You are a delusional fanboy! Not only will Nintendo not produce that many consoles, it's doubtful they could push that many in that short amount of time, especially in the dead months... spring and summer are usually the deadest months. Look at any console's stats in those months and try to draw up a logical scenario where the Wii will outsell the 360 by 6 million in those months. It would have to move insanely high number - like we've never seen before - in all those months. Pull your head out of Nintendo's rear for just a minute and reason this through!



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nickg said: Firelore said: I think you guys need to rework your Wii numbers. They don't seem feasible based off of the numbers NPD released. Agreed. Your numbers seem too high for certain systems now that we have NPD data for December. I fail to understand why speculated numbers are so easily added for the Wii and PS3, but when it comes the 360, increments are meticulously scrutinized. I originally thought this site was more fair than other sites, but lately I'm not so sure.
That's what I've been saying all along. I also can't help but wonder if there is bias, especially when I read the site owner was a Nintendo fanboy at the GAF forums.



I agree with Monty that Nintendo can't catch up by the end of the year. However, long term (say by late 2008/ 2009) I believe it is Sony who is screwed. As you say, Wii is 6 million behind the 360, right as it was when it launched. But Sony is now 8 million behind, after starting 6 million behind... I think it is also likely that the USA will be the closest market in % total sales this gen...with like a 40-33-27 split. In Japan, either Sony or Nintendo will dominate with 60-70 percent of sales. I see that as Nintendo. DQIX will pick up Wii sales even though it is a DS game. Pokemon, Mario, Brain Training, Wii Sports, Wii Play, Zelda should be able to hold off Snake, FF, and the soccer, fighting and racing clones on PS3. However, by appealing to 3 markets (I don't see the 360 ever reaching 1 million in Japan, Wii already has), instead of 2, Nintendo needs only to achieve say 2/3 the sales Microsoft does in the Americas and Europe/Aust. That is feasible. Sony will not catch up in 2007. Without FF and DQ, the Japanese market will continue going to Nintendo, North America will be 360 followed by whoever can make more consoles..and Europe will be 360, Wii, PS3 based on the PS3 late launch and greater supply constraints they face. Many are assuming similar things about the PS3 as to what was assumed about the Nintendo 64. Because it is the most powerful, it can launch last, with less games and a worse business model and 'win'. Sony will be second in Japan like Nintendo was, on name alone, but elsewhere has much work to do.



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I dont know how in hell can Sony be 8 millions behind if the X360 hasnt sold as much consoles as 8 million .



Monty said: Anyhow, as I pointed out in the other thread, the 360 is outselling the original Xbox by leaps and bounds... so, not sure why you keep trying to slam it, Stromprophet. By this July it will reach 14.5 million a year faster than the Xbox 1 did it.
Bullshit. After 14th month by NPD: xbox - 4.6mm x360 - 4.5mm



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Hi all It's Broshnat here, the site owner. Regarding the Wii figures, like a number of other sources we projected Wii to sell more than 1 million in December. WMS, CBFS, Nintendo themselves all independently agreed with this. I know WMS have their own (limited) internal tracking a bit like we do - we get a heads up from a selection of stores - and figures were suggesting Wii sales similar to 360 and about double PS3. Obviously this isn't how things materialised - we don't know if the stores / tracking period we had data for was skewed, maybe at points where new shipments had arrived and Wii was selling large numbers - to be honest I don't really know. It seems strange WMS also predicted similar values as did a number of other reputable analysts. The other factor is a statement from Nintendo that they had exceeded shipment expectations - thought to be just under 2m for NA in 2006. Something does seem a little fishy here. I'm definitely not accusing NPD of foul play or anything like that, but their figure does seem much lower than everyone was expecting. Having said that, we will obviously be fixing our main data on the front page once we have some more figures to support this. Accusations of bias towards Nintendo are not fair - we use the same system to arrive at figures for all 3 consoles. PS3 / 360 / DS / PSP numbers are all spot on, as are Wii Japan and 'Others' numbers - it's only this NA figure that has thrown people. Thank you all again for supporting the site and please let these great discussions continue!



broshnat said: Hi all It's Broshnat here, the site owner. Regarding the Wii figures, like a number of other sources we projected Wii to sell more than 1 million in December. WMS, CBFS, Nintendo themselves all independently agreed with this. I know WMS have their own (limited) internal tracking a bit like we do - we get a heads up from a selection of stores - and figures were suggesting Wii sales similar to 360 and about double PS3. Obviously this isn't how things materialised - we don't know if the stores / tracking period we had data for was skewed, maybe at points where new shipments had arrived and Wii was selling large numbers - to be honest I don't really know. It seems strange WMS also predicted similar values as did a number of other reputable analysts. The other factor is a statement from Nintendo that they had exceeded shipment expectations - thought to be just under 2m for NA in 2006. Something does seem a little fishy here. I'm definitely not accusing NPD of foul play or anything like that, but their figure does seem much lower than everyone was expecting. Having said that, we will obviously be fixing our main data on the front page once we have some more figures to support this. Accusations of bias towards Nintendo are not fair - we use the same system to arrive at figures for all 3 consoles. PS3 / 360 / DS / PSP numbers are all spot on, as are Wii Japan and 'Others' numbers - it's only this NA figure that has thrown people. Thank you all again for supporting the site and please let these great discussions continue!
Hi Broshnat ,nobody is accusing you ...its clear some of the predictions of those entities were in the same lines .But ,I also remember hearing Fils Aimee saying their would do their best to reach 1 million in NA .In any case good to hear you will fix this in the main page . As for the other numbers being spot on ...well some are some arent .X360 are inflated thats clear ...if NPD puts total X360 sales in US at 4.5 million they cant reach 8.3 million worldwide .PS3 are good if you count the 10 days of january ..if not 750 000+467 000 doesnt add 1.41 million .PSP and DS are spot on .THe PS3 number can remain as it is ...the difference is minimal and in any case it must be already filled by the 12 days of january .But the X360 data should be adressed ...after the disponible data the total amount of X360 sold cant be superior to 7.6-7.7 million and a difference of more than half a million isnt so negliable .



Well data is supposedly current as of the last couple of days we were told in another thread - Japan alone has pushed PS3 sales much higher than you are saying and the US figure looks right when you include January. As I said in the other thread, Wii numbers aren't that far off when you look at the fact this includes Jan as well. 360 numbers look about right to me, NA might be a little high though (200k?) but not much. I too am interested in seeing how many Nintendo say they shipped in 2006...



Well ,including the 12 days of January fixes many problems . But still ,the X360 is reported to be at 4.5 in USA ....at best 4.95 in NA .That 5.38 figure is about 400 000 inflated ....even with the january data this doesnt match as the X360 between year sells 200-250 000 per month ...10 days is a third of a month it can amount for some 70-75 000 but not for 400 000 .



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