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Reuters, Jan 22 2008: Leading economists are warning that the only chance the United States will avoid slipping into recession is if it successfully transitions to an entirely Nintendo DS-based economy, a process begun in secret by the Treasury during Q4 2007. And so another holiday season is all over, but the cryin'. Once again, given the lack of anything else going on in my life, I turn to the monthly sales data released for the month of December, courtesy of the NPD group. Hardware Sales (Annual 2007 in brackets) Nintendo DS 2.47 million (8.50 million) Wii 1.35 million (6.29 million) Xbox 360 1.26 million (4.62 million) PlayStation 2 1.1 million (3.97 million) PlayStation Portable 1.06 million (3.82 million) PlayStation 3 797.6K (2.56 million) Top 10 Software Sales 360 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 1.47 million Wii Super Mario Galaxy 1.40 million PS2 Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 1.25 million Wii Wii Play (w. Remote) 1.08 million 360 Assassin's Creed 894K 360 Halo 3 743K NDS Brain Age 2 660K PS2 Madden NFL 08 655K 360 Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 625K Wii Mario and Sonic: Olympic Games 613K Percentage gain over November sales: Wii: 37% Xbox 360: 64% PS3: 71% PS2: 122% DS: 61% PSP: 87% The first thing that jumps out is the astounding performance of the Nintendo DS, which, statistics suggest, are so prevalent in America right now, you may be accidentally sitting on one as you read this. Aside from the DS, all the other platforms sold fairly predictably. Everyone's sales were up substantially, aside from the Wii, whose sales were likely constrained by supply problems, which you may have heard about everywhere else on the Internet. Anecdotal evidence suggests that for every Wii sold, stores were receiving dozens of phone calls inquiring after one, so some
extremely loose math implies that Nintendo could have sold as many as 30 million Wii's last month.
You can't get this kind of analysis anywhere folks.
The PS3 continues to pull up the rear of the console race - even trailing behind it's older, slower, probably-stupider brother for the second straight Christmas. Admittedly, PS3 sales did get a decent holiday boost, and have climbed up from selling a quarter as many as the Wii during the summer months to better than half. So there's hope yet for Sony fans, particularly with the latest entries in the Metal Gear and Grand Theft Auto series due to hit in 2008. Still, having surrendered this large of a lead in the console race, one wonders whether Sony will be able to garner anything other than a "healthy" third place finish this generation - past "healthy" third place finishers including the TurboGrafx16, Sega's Saturn and Dreamcast, and the Nintendo Gamecube - so, you know, good company.
On the software front, COD4 and Mario reprise their roles from the November stats with big December numbers as well. Guitar Hero also solidified it's reputation as the franchise of 2007. If you count sales for both GHII and GHIII across all platforms, Guitar Hero games sold umpteen fuckton million copies this year, and in the process, made umpteen fucktons of money for Activision, who, now that we think about it, appear to be investing it all in Nintendo DS's.
Also popping up on the Top 10 this month is the most recent Brain Age for the DS. DS software rarely cracks the top 10 in sales, which is somewhat surprising given the handheld's enormous user base. The relative lack of DS software on the top 10 list is yet more evidence that casual gamers don't buy many games. Something for software developers to think about, although given that the development costs for Brain Age 2 are probably measured in the