Well, here are the latest results for May 2009… and they are worst then April’s.
For the hardware side, it looks like the Nintendo DS lite and the Nintendo DSi are both eating the PS2, PSP, PS3, Xbox 360, and… there I said it… Wii… together. of course the DSi, DS lite, and Wii are all in the top 3 places though.
Nintendo DS series: 633, 500
Wii: 289, 500
Xbox 360: 175, 000
Playstation 3: 131, 000
Playstation 2: 117, 000
PSP: 100, 400
The software side of things are a little harder to swallow. UC 2009 Undisputed (just the Xbox 360 alone) punched Wii Fit. While EA Sports Active was close but couldn’t managed to beat Wii Fit, which is supposed to be the fastest-selling game on any console for the year. Wii Play, Mario Kart Wii, and Pokémon Platinum seem stable though.
- UFC 2009 Undisputed—Xbox 360: 679, 600
- Wii Fit—Wii: 352, 800
- EA Sports Active—Wii: 345, 800
- UFC 2009 Undisputed—Playstation 3: 334, 400
- Infamous—Playstation 3: 175, 900
- Pokémon Platinum—Nintendo DS: 168, 900
- Mario Kart Wii—Wii: 158, 300
- Punch Out!!—Wii: 158, 900
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged—Xbox 360: 120, 700
- Wii Play—Wii: 109, 800
My thoughts: Well… I’m speechless. I would never expect three things: 1. UFC 2009 Undisputed managed to beat Wii Fit (although I did think that the Xbox 360 version would be able to beat the PS3 version), 2. EA Sports Active wasn’t enough to beat Wii Fit, and 3. Infamous would beat Wii Fit for this month. Anyway, for the hardware, May would be one of the weakest months for the industry’s year… so don’t expect high numbers. But you should have expected high numbers with the Wii… not the Nintendo DS… well that too, but high enough to fend off its rivals’ consoles and not as high as the Wii. And with this economic recession happening, that could be one of the main reasons behind the Wii’s year-over-year sales fall. Time for a price cut!