Xbox 360 to outsell Wii in US

Microsoft to take lead on trailing 12 month basis; Marvel Vs Capcom 3 sold 790k, Bulletstorm 279k in February

The Xbox 360 is about to outsell Nintendo's Wii on a trailing twelve month (TTM) basis in the US, according to industry analyst Doug Creutz.

Research firm Cowan & Company believes that for the first time since the very beginning of the current console cycle, the 360 will have outsold the Wii for the 12 months from March 2010 to March 2011.

"This illustrates the significant shift that has gone on over the last year in the console space," Creutz told investors.

"The Wii was outselling the 360 and PlayStation 3 combined on a TTM basis as recently as January 2010, and was outselling the 360 alone by 2:1 on a TTM basis in December 2009 and 1.5:1 in October 2010.

"Over the last three years, TTM total US Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/Wii hardware unit sales have remained relatively consistent in the 17-19 million unit range (18.2 million as of February), so this does represent a share shift as opposed to just a decline for the Wii."

Last night Microsoft championed its highest console sales in a non-holiday month, with 535,000 units sold during February.

"We believe the significant shift in hardware sales towards HD consoles is a positive ongoing development for the US publishers, who earn the majority of their sales on the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3," added Creutz.

He also revealed US sales figures for a pair of new releases. Marvel Vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds sold 790,000 units compared to estimates of 420,000, making it the second best-selling game of the month.

Epic and People Can Fly's Bullet storm - brand new IP with an impressive Metacritc score of 84 per cent - sold a "disappointing" 279,000 units, according to Creutz.

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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 11 years ago
You got to hand it to them, they played a lot of good cards, wake up Nintendo!
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.11 years ago
Kingman, I think Nintendo is currently focused on the 3DS and after putting up a huge lead (sales and profit), they don't really need to wake up. And I suspect they have plenty in store to announce leading up to and during E3. It's Nintendo's policy to keep quiet on things until just months prior to release. Sony and MS like to announce stuff years in advance. We learned of NSMB Wii, Kirby's Epic Yarn and Donkey Kong Country Returns just months before release. No one else keeps secrets like that.....just ask Wikileaks.
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Cori Myers CEO/Owner, Gameinatrix.com11 years ago
I say this often, this looks great on paper but there can only be so many Wiis sold so yes the other consoles will outsell the Wii eventually. Just a lay woman's observation.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.11 years ago
Cori, hasn't the PS2 sold ~50 million in the US? Either the Wii has a long way to go to reach saturation of the PS2 had a lot of resales to current consumers.
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Haven Tso Web-based Game Reviewer 11 years ago
It will be interesting to see how Nintendo is going to keep the momentum of Wii after the launch of 3DS. Wii did have a number of high profile games last year but the issue here is how do they get more consoles sold when it is already a family console? PS2 continued to sell into the early life of PS3 because consoles were bought for younger gamers while the older gamers moved on to PS3. However Wii doesn't have that advantage. So it is really down to the software to further expand the audience.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.11 years ago
That and price. PS2 dropped to a pretty low price after the PS3 launched (was helped by the PS3 having a very high price too) and had good 1st and 3rd party support.

Wii can stay relevant at this point and for another couple of years with a lower price and good support. Nintendo claims they have a lot left in development on Wii but 3rd parties (as if they ever truly but real effort behind Wii to begin with) slowly pulling what support they gave it (more to the point, it seems they gave it to the 3DS).
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Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games11 years ago
well i can't talk about wii.. it is very unclear what is going on right now with that. 3DS seems far more important. but it feels like xbox is taking the children and casual market by storm!
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.11 years ago
True. Kinect hit at the right time. 5 years after the X360 console launched and 4 years after Wii launched.
So it was to a lot of people a new console generation launch and MS did well by treating it that way.
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