Nintendo’s performance in the all important US market during Christmas 2008 has cemented the company’s supremacy and likely ensured its future as the major player for some time, though gamers are unlikely to be too inspired by either it or the other successes of the season.
The Wii managed Yuletide sales more than double that of the Xbox 360, leaving little room for runner up S**y.
The Wii sold some 3.2 million units in December, the DS another 3 million; of the others, the Xbox 360 managed 1.5 million, the PSP came in with 900,000, and the forlorn PS3 took up the rear with 700,000.
Of the 30 best selling titles, no less than 11 are from Nintendo.
The top ten games are shaping up to be as follows:
|Call of Duty: World at War||Xbox 360||1,200,000|
|Gears of War 2||Xbox 360||800,000|
|Call of Duty: World at War||PS3||650,000|
|Madden NFL 09||Xbox 360||500,000|
|Left 4 Dead||Xbox 360||500,000|
|Prince of Persia||Xbox 360||475,000|
Not the most inspiring selection, to gamers at least, though clearly nobody can easily argue with such commercial success. Sequels and casual games appear to be the order of the day, along with the unimpressive technical capabilities of the Wii.
You can also see the slightly more inspiring 2008 Japanese market…