Posted by: seanmalstrom | June 19, 2014

NPD May 2014

This is an estimate:

PS4 ~ 197k
3DS ~ 97k
XB1 ~ 77k
Wii U ~ 61k
360 ~ 57k
PSV ~ 56k
PS3 ~ 36k
Wii ~ 11k

Does anyone think these numbers are good?

“But Malstrom! But Malstrom! I read sales are up X% over last year! OMG!” That ‘percentage’ doesn’t matter because the PS4 and XOne were not out this time last year. Year over year should be looked at by consoles who were in the market the year before.

Why aren’t people saying the XOne is selling terribly? It is selling at almost the same amount as Wii U.

Did you know Minecraft Xbox 360 for this month outsold Minecraft PS3 on it’s launch month?

Did you know that Mario in 3d World is tracking behind Super Mario Sunshine at this point in time?

Gen 7 consoles are just GONE. What a horrible transition.

I don’t think the Gen 8 numbers are encouraging. Is the 3DS even outselling the PSP when launch aligned in the US? PS4 as ‘market leader’ is not encouraging in its sales.

Here are the numbers from May 2009:

Nintendo DS: 633,500
Wii: 289,500
Xbox 360: 175,000
PlayStation 3: 131,000
PlayStation 2: 117,000
PSP: 100,400

And I believe the Wii hardware sales were still supply-limited. PS4 isn’t supply limited at all for what I can tell. In its third year, the PSP is putting out higher numbers than the XOne. And the XOne HAS to sell big in the United States because XOne cannot sell anywhere else!

I think it is pretty clear that Generation 8 is suffering from a hostile macro-economic situation. Japan’s gaming market is suffering from an even worse macro-economic situation. So why are our good friends, the analysts, so quiet about this? Probably because such an observation doesn’t help anyone sell their consultation services.

What could be worse than economic depression? There is something worse… so much worse. It is war. It is unstability. It is violence. One can just glance at the headlines of world news to know that the world is becoming increasing more violent and chaotic. I fear in Generation 9 that video games are going to struggle to how to sell in an era of war and violence. Generation 8 may be remembered as the ‘good ‘ol days’ compared to what may be coming.


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