Nintendo sales slump as Wii and 3DS falter
Microsoft and Sony benefit from Nintendo woes
Nintendo saw sales of the Wii and recently released 3DS handheld console slump during April, new data gathered by research firm the NPD Group has revealed.
The research, which showed that sales of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3 consoles rose year-on-year compared with April 2010 revealed that the American market has become disenchanted with the Nintendo brand with just 172,000 Wii consoles leaving shelves last month, down 38 per cent on the same period last year.
Whilst the reduce in sales for the former must-have Wii are understandable given the console’s age and the announcement that its follow-up will be officially unveiled at E3 next month, Nintendo will face more concerns around dwindling sales of its latest flagship handheld, the revolutionary glasses free 3D gamer the Nintendo 3DS.
Having shifted just short of 400,000 units during its opening week in the US, the Nintendo 3DS racked up just a further 194,000 sales during the whole of April, with handheld interest seemingly drifting to the future arrival of the Sony NGP.