Wii Doomed? US Sales Shrink 37%


Aging hardware and a severe lack of quality titles have led to the Wii’s eighth consecutive month of shrinking sales, with US sales now down 37% on a year earlier, even as certain competing consoles enjoy record sales.

For October, the Wii’s US sales were recorded at 506,900 units, a 37% decrease on a year earlier though still an enviable figure, whereas the PS3 sold 320,600 units, a 70% increase. Xbox 360 sales slumped 33% to 250,000.

Investors have already given up on the Wii, says an analyst:

“Investors have gotten used to the Wii’s weak numbers, now the market’s concerns are centred on how its next hardware strategy will turn out.”

The DS Fat appears already to have failed, although it seems this is merely an interim model. Attention focuses on a rumoured “HD upgrade” to the Wii, possibly with a greater emphasis on conventional as opposed to casual games.

Obsolescence is an inevitable part of the product lifecycle, but few have managed it so gracelessly as the Wii, which despite fantastic hardware sales now suffers an astonishing dearth of quality titles, something even their CEO is forced to freely acknowledge

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:04 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If the Wii is doomed, the Xbox 360 and PS3 are dead, since it outsells them both combined to this day.

    Seriously tired of this bullshit of console wars and spinning. I'm glad I gave up on gaming, because now it's all about graphics, review scores, marketing, and no longer fun or innovation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:48 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wii always sucked, not it sucks even more!

    00:19 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo needs to stop focusing on hardware sales because like others stated almost everyone already owns a Wii, and start focusing on putting out better games to sell. Does Nintendo expect that everyone and their dog should own 2 or more Wiis?

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    Comment by ScarredBushido
    01:21 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i really dnt care about the wii

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    Comment by Min
    23:40 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let's look at this story from a different angle:

    "PS3 sales increase by 70%; Wii still sells almost twice as many units."

    And in all fairness, there wasn't anything really notable for the Wii in October. Now that it's November, though. New Super Mario Bros. Wii is out, and rest assured that people will be buying Wiis for that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:32 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Serious games died couple of years ago . Now they're only casuals . On Wii with kiddy graphics and on ps3 ,pc or x360 with more mature graphics . Yes the only diffrence bewtween wii games and ps3 games are graphics :} . Both consoles got only games with simplified casual gameplay.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:18 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sales are not shrinking, it's just a matter of fact that everybody and there dog already owns a goddamn wii!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:01 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Anonymous
    21:44 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah... that one just isn't as catchy as the original


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    Comment by hasegawamiki
    22:53 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    the drop in sales is natural, "everybody" who wanted a Wii already has it. Nintendo made a short lifespan console, that's all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:25 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think most large 3rd party developers WANT the Wii to fail, because they don't want the gaming landscape to be altered by an innovative and different system; they want creativity to fail so they can go on juicing money out of gamers for the same shit they've been making for years, rather than trying to come up with good Wii games.

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    Comment by A_Moose
    22:54 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol no. This is absolutely retarded. Are you some kind of conspiracy theorist who thinks of developers as "THE MAN" or something?

    Video game developers want to make fun games. That's how they make money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:54 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Wii is the first 'major' console that I have not purchased in 25 years of gaming. I'll be the first to admit Nintendo has made some of the greatest games off all time; and the NES and SNES were phenomenal. Yet, I cannot wait for the Wii to fade away. Being down 37% vs. last year doesn't make me happy. I'll be happy when the Wii sells 'zero' consoles. It's horrible. :( There are about 3 games that make me jealous; but, not enough to buy one. No More Heroes, MadWorld and Muramasa. Those titles are on the WRONG console. They can shove Wii Fit, Wii Sports and all that shit straight up their assholes. And, hey, "Anyone remember the most embarrassing piece of shit, Wii Rock Climbing that was shown off earlier this year, and vanished???" Also, I want to thank Sankaku Complex in advance for having the balls to post this comment. Other sites either won't post my comments, or ask for a mile long list of requirements. T/Y Sankaku!

    12:47 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The real problem is not so much the hardware but the fact they need better games.
    I really don't care how nice the graphics are if the game play is crap.
    I seem some stuff on the PC that looked like pixar stuff but it played like shit.
    I will give Nintendo credit for having the guts to try and change how you interact with games on the Wii vs the same old gamepad.

    I think the console still should have at least supported 720p I don't care about HDMI component would have been good enough.
    Other issues just about everyone has a Wii so in someways they're a victim of the own success.
    I think some stuff they could do is allow homebrew to be official vs trying to kill it as this does greatly improve it's usefulness.
    Also I think FPS could be great on the Wii with a little more work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:47 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    blah blah blah blah blah

    Play Jaguar and 3DO

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    Comment by Stiyl-Magnus19
    10:32 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    soon: SIlent hill shatered memories!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:50 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Wii was doomed out the gate. Its launch games already maxed out the systems capabilities, and the system has 0 room to grow. Add to that, no serious gamers want anything to do with the waggle-mote, and developers know it. Worst still, Nintendo knew their newest gimick would remain theres in success only as long as it took each other system to clone the ability. Once 360 and PS3 get their waggle-mote clone gimmick mechanic out, the casual gamer market Wii was enjoying will make the jump to the other systems where they can get casual games, serious games, niche games (like flower and little big planet), and enjoy other uses for the systems, such as watching blu-rays they grabbed from a red box. Nintendo F@#$ed up big time by making the Wii and DS, when it should have made a Gamecube portable to keep their old system and library growing while putting it in the portable market. They should have saved the waggle-mote and touch screens until they had a system that wasn't obsolete out of the box.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:33 19/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wii sucks for real gamers, PS3 has no games, Xbox360 breaks all the time

    People what the hell, get back to your computer which already happens to be able to do everything you want it to do instead of emulating ancient games on your TV

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    Comment by Myballz
    18:11 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    1.Its doesn't offer many possible new titles that players want to play like the new Final Fantasy.

    2.It doesn't have Hard Drive only has a Flash Drive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:47 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    02:34 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Today is everyone bothered about graphics and shiny effects.
    OMFG Mario can't shoot with a M16 like I can in MW2
    What a crap game ololol
    I can't even kill Nazis or Terrorists aka Americans xD

    Wii is good and will be back with Zelda,Mario or some other good games.
    PS3 will be a hard attacking enemy next year and yeah the 360 lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:46 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Doomed? Lol the wii could just stop selling consoles right now and it would still end as the best selling console of this gen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:30 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wii was the worst console I've ever bought. Not only did it barley have any good games to play on it, but on top of that the CD/DVD drive stopped reading discs so it needs to go in for repairs.

    ...I really just can't justify sending it in for $96 to be repaired. I get no use out of the thing. This is the first Nintendo console that's failed me in both games, and reliability.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:29 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ~.~ wait didn't everyone like buy a Wii
    Everything is kinda cheaper wouldn't people just buying alot of it be the case o.o?

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    Comment by Fapping Time
    09:40 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    whole lot of crying going on in here.
    please, use this tissue...

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    Comment by MARl0
    07:07 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yet another fanboy news post on Sankaku. Should I be surprised? No, no I shouldn't. Never mind that the Wii has outsold its competitors by freakish numbers again this year. -_-

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:26 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think one of the main reasons the sales dropped is because most americans already own one....

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:57 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, maybe if you don't really like nintendo games such as zelda, mario & metroïd ; Where's the point to buying one ? it lacks of real game. i don't really care about the hardware though graphism sucks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:27 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, the Wii sold double the 360 and almost double the PS3. What a failure.

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    Comment by LaughingReader
    14:26 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The debate on which console is superior to the other or which one is crowned the best is always an exchange of fatal verbal blows either from the professional team(of pure knowledgeness) or from the respectable(or just talkative) avid gamers

    Most of which fell on the well of hardware builds/specs because well, better hardware does handle better loading time, graphic output or sound quality processings

    However, if great games come only on Wii(just imagine it), meaning the game does exceeds awesomeness(just pretend it did), the Wii will rise from the Dust of Age and heads again on the burning spotlight(dancing swimsuit beings promoting the console on the beach)

    The point is the game releases(if they just find the guts to bring out their potential u know...their hidden creativeness)

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:31 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even though Nintendo does have to step up it's game a bit (get it, step up it's game) for the Wii, it has sold almost a million Wii/DS this year, while Sony hasn't even sold half as many PS3/PSP.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:59 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just wait till christmas sales. duh.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:35 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    These kinds of articles are attracting what I think is the wrong crowd for this site. Annoying children

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:53 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But my mom says I'm very mature for my age!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:28 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    your mom is a liar

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:13 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    old people are running out of cash

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    Comment by Trepiz
    13:51 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    well atleast nintendo doesn't have to make a product with built in system failures to keep selling units.

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    Comment by Rokudaime
    01:37 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha. Good one. ;D

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:50 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ohhhh. Burn...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:52 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    well about time this sh*tty console fails... it still astounds me how it managed to sell so much up to this day.. some ppl are just blinded by the name "Nintendo" these days

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:03 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yup, it sure is doomed alright; now it's only outselling the others by a couple hundred thousand a month!

    A very predictable decline from an obviously unsustainable bubble != doom

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    15:06 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    How people like anon 13:52 can say a console with 185,000 more sales as the PS3 AFTER a huge jump in sales and double the sales of the 360 is a failure amazes me.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    13:45 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well...Muramasa demon blades is supposed to be coming out. Maybe that will give it a (much needed) boost?

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    Comment by Echo
    14:59 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That already came out....very pretty game, but very repetitive just like Odin Sphere. I doubt many people know about it other than the game's target audience.

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    Comment by Mario1-7
    13:44 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Wii is not anywhere near doomed.. Stop being such fanboys... Sony and Microsoft are still getting there asses kick more than even before. This is 100% Fact... Sony is doomed those idiots need to learn to stay in first place for more than a month.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:30 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bunch of fucking morons that worship pokemon games, and would let a 300 pound itallian guy fuck them in the ass they love mario so much..

    Jump off a cliff and die with the wii..

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    05:44 20/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll say one thing here....sure, Wii's sales may have dropped, but as with all consoles, there comes a point where the sales have to drop because EVERYBODY ONES ONE ALREADY!!!

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    13:48 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dunno about getting their asses kicked. Everyone knows Wii's hardware will be near useless before much longer (compared to PS3 and Xbox anyway). Hell, my PSP can probably give it a decent run in the visuals department o.o (mind you I do own a Wii, I just find it to be far less than what Nintendo -could- have produced)

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:48 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    well they already announced a new more powerful Wii with both wiimote and normal control pad which will be more powerful than the xbox 360 and maybe even on par with the PS3

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:19 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just whoring Mario, Zelda, and Metroid as usual, they will be back on track in no time.

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    Comment by Riiku
    23:59 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gee, I hate Mario.

    He's a dickhead! A middleaged moustached sewer-crawling dickhead! How can you like him?

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    Comment by Rokudaime
    01:31 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not Mario himself that makes the game you moron. It's the game itself. There's a REASON Super Mario Galaxy was declared best game of 2007 on all consoles put together. How 'bout you try it out. That said though, the number of good Wii games is really small. Very poor. Combine that with the fact it completely lacks in powerful hardware, and that it's motion detecting abilities seems to be copied by itt compeditors, and it does indeed seem like the Wii is meeting dark times ahead. Unless it aims to somehow survive on casual gamers alone. I do not think this is a good thing, mind you. When Nintendo is good, they're good, and I love Zelda and Mario. I really wish they would stop sucking like this...

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    Comment by Ken
    21:14 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    accept games from great companies then Wii might survive...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:46 19/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    To be frank, Super Mario Galaxy and Twilight Princess were inferior to their N64 counterparts.

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    Comment by kamanashi
    14:13 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Wii isn't kicking anyone's ass since the target audience is so much different compared to 360 and PS3's target. Children and old people may think it's great, but the actual people that matter think it is only good for the few Resident evil games, Metroid games, and Zelda games for it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:05 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    How can we even stop if you're the first one who posted?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:11 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But Xbox is bigger fail than Wii.

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    14:58 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even with a slump in sales it still beats PS3's 70% increase and still doubles the 360's sales. That isn't dead that is they are finally coming down from what should have been an obviously un-sustainable sales record.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:28 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    nice sale numbers there 360.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:28 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What does that statement have anything to do with stopping something we never started.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:40 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    360 is the sad clown of the console war

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:28 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    and then Wii would be the sad little midget?

    Seriously, when I see the Wii's graphics, it makes me literary cry, by the fact its suppose to be "next gen"

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:36 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed Mario1-7, I mean I'm a nintendo fan but even I have a limit, Wii is still doing fine, not as good as it used to but it'll probably do fine until either a console revision or next console line up.

    Sony needs to forget the PSP even more so after the PSP Go, Sony has no idea what it takes to make a good portable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:38 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh please... The PSP itself is a good portable device. Graphics-wise it's not too bad. The titles released for the PSP are decent. As compared to the DS, which, I think can do better, but the titles... well, not exactly my cup of tea.

    The PSP has good hardware that supports some great features. I'm not too sure, but I think it was the 1st to have WiFi connectivity. (I could be wrong, but I don't really remember anything existing before the PSP which had WiFi), and your comment that Sony has no idea how to make a good portable shows that you're oblivious to the fact that the PSP is still widely used. There is still a market, and it's not likely to fall anytime soon.

    I agree with you on the PSP Go. It's a hopeless product. Having a portable with moving parts is completely illogical, since it'll break in no time. (Especially since majority of the titles for PSP require a lot of button pressing (or mashing)).

    As for the Wii going down in terms of sales, I don't think that the Wii is becoming that obsolete. The Wii completely targets a different group as compared to the XBox or PS3.

    I find that the Wii is mainly targeted at group games, especially family fun. Games that the whole family can enjoy. And if it's targetting families, naturally, in the current economic situation, people will put off buying the Wii. How can parents buy them if they are having pay-cuts or are getting retrenched?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:36 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    >> I could be wrong, but I don't really remember anything existing before the PSP which had WiFi

    Nintendo DS. OHBUUUUUURN.
    Or actually, GBA had a WiFi device too.

    Also, to anyone saying that the Wii is dying, the supposedly bad info is the percantage based on previous year sellings. Total figures still get PS3 and Xbox360 beaten, so what the hell guys. Wii might be doing worse than before, and for clear reasons too (games fknwhar?!), but total sales are still high enough to not really worry.

    It's like comparing a kid that got a D instead of an F to a kid that got B instead of A... sure, one improved, the other did the opposite, but the situation hasn't really changed, one is still worse than the others in overall results. This of course doesn't mean that the knowledge of one is really better than the other, or that when it comes to an actual working contest the kid with higher grades would be better than the former, but that's another issue.

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    14:59 18/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    GBA had it you just needed to buy a wifi card to do it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:17 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only reason the Wii sold so well was because of hype. It is nothing more than an overpriced paper-weight.

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