Update On NPD Hardware Numbers

Michael Pachter, that ever loveable analyst for Wedbush Morgan revealed how well Sony and Nintendo did for the month of September, and the news is…not so hot.  To recap, Microsoft sold 483,989 units, and now we can add 312,200 units for the PS3 and 254,000 units for the Wii.  The Wii has been on a downward slope for a little while now, thanks to the lack of AAA software titles.  This month saw a new Kirby and Metroid so perhaps that will make a difference, but many people are saying the Wii needs far stronger software in order to stay afloat among Microsoft and Sony’s lowering prices and their new casual peripherals.  One key reason Sony’s numbers are significantly lower than this time last year is mainly because of game delays.  There hasn’t been a huge first party exclusive in some time now, and thanks to the recent delay of Gran Turismo 5 there may not be another until next year.  That said, Sony doesn’t have as much to worry about as Nintendo does.  Many analysts believe that Nintendo’s lack of HD support may finally be the one factor that is starting to bite them in the butt.  I personally think it’ far too early to tell, but I do agree that if they hit last place for a solid year then yes, clearly something will need to be done.  I think Sony will have a huge year next year with all the first party software they have lined up, but I’ll admit this holiday season looks like it’s going to be a rough one.

Right now it’s looking like Microsoft has the rest of the year all to themselves.  Starting with Halo Reach and moving onto Fable III, and the launch of Kinect, not to mention Call of Duty, it really looks like MS will be sailing pretty until the competition heats up again next year.  The real wild card is Kinect.  If people eat it up, they could have a one two punch against both Nintendo and Sony.  Yes the price is steep, but if people are interested and word of mouth spreads, price won’t matter.

Another very interesting comment made by Pachter was related to the DS.  He said even the DS sales are starting to lower thanks to the increased sales of the iPod Touch.  We’ve been saying this for some time now, but it finally looks like the numbers are speaking for themselves.  Game sales are at an all time high on the App Store, and iPhones and iPod Touches are flying off shelves at an incredible pace.  It’s expected that Apple will announce 13.5 million iPhones have been sold in the last three months when they give their quarterly conference call next week.  If that number holds true, Nintendo and the rest of the gaming market will have to move as fast as possible to get their competitors out the door.  The 3DS is going to sell like wildfire, but by the time it gets out there, it’s likely the iPhone and iPod Touch sales will far exceed 35 million units sold.  Think about that for a bit.  Insane isn’t it?  As far as Sony is concerned, they too have to figure out exactly what they want to do with the PSP, and they better hurry it up.

So what do you all think of these latest trends and sales figures?

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