Thanks to Martin Hawrysko of WithReason.net for sending me this link to a Yahoo! news article talking about which home video game console won the war in 2008. According to the article, many people thought that the PlayStation 3 would be the big winner in 2008 (Really? Who thought that?), but as you might imagine it was the Nintendo Wii that dominated the competition last year.
And not only did the Nintendo Wii win the home console wars, but the Nintendo DS continued to destroy the Sony PSP in the handheld video game market. The year-end tallies at VGChartz.com shows that, to date, Nintendo has sold some 94.7 million DS units worldwide while Sony has only sold 42.3 million PSPs. Granted, selling 42.3 million of any product is nothing to scoff at, but when your competition is doubling you in sales you have to wonder if you’re even competition any more.
The Yahoo! article gives a somewhat bleak outlook for Sony in the new year:
As for Sony, well, they just can’t catch a break. The company scored a major coup when Blu-ray officially trounced HD-DVD in the hi-def format war, but few believe the technology will catch on with consumers. Strong sales of big-time exclusive Metal Gear Solid 4 were promising, but the troubled launch of their ‘Home’ network coupled with relatively weak holiday sales (only Resistance 2 cracked the Top 10 list in November, all the way back at number 9) cramped their style. The once-promising PSP is getting whomped by both the DS and Apple’s surging iPhone. Did a witch cast a spell on these guys or what?
Many people forget that the iPhone is out there and competing in the handheld space. Further, the iPhone directly competes with the PSP since both are generally purchased by the “core” users of high-end electronics. The same group of core gamers are currently stifling both XBox 360 and PS3 from breaking out and really competing against the Wii. Nintendo is laughing its way to the bank!
Finally, VGChartz.com shows 43.8 million Wii consoles being sold worldwide (with more than 20 million in the United States alone). This compares, worldwide, to 26.5 million XBox 360 units and 18.8 million PS3 units. Yeah, you might say that Nintendo is firmly on top of the console wars!