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#1 Dodgers2213

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Posted December 28, 2008 - 11:56 AM

No software? No problem.

Despite early predictions that 2008 would be the year Sony regained momentum in the bitter video game console wars, it turned out to be false hope. Industry leader Nintendo stayed ahead of the pack all year, thoroughly dominating both the home console and handheld hardware markets with their Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS systems, respectively.

According to NPD Group, Nintendo flat-out owned the all-important month of November by selling over 2 million Wiis, better than twice as much as the next closest competitor, Microsoft's Xbox 360 (836,000). And at over 1.5 million DS systems sold, Nintendo tripled the output of Sony's PSP (421,000). While those numbers weren't nearly that high through most of 2008, the general order -- Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony -- held strong throughout
But this was hardly a banner year for Nintendo in terms of software. The biggest games -- Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Wii and of course Wii Fit -- came relatively early in the year, and their biggest holiday release, Wii Music, has been labeled something of a dud. Miffed that the company was focusing too heavily on catering to its relatively new mass-market audience, the usually loyal Nintendo fans complained about a lack of core games. Meanwhile, Microsoft and Sony enjoyed a wealth of blockbuster games all year long, including top-sellers Grand Theft Auto IV and Fallout 3. So how did Nintendo compete, much less lead the way?

By finding a new niche, of course. While gamers lament the deluge of cheaply made games (dubbed "shovelware") aimed at capitalizing on the Wii's mainstream popularity, many of those titles speak to their broad audience and support the company's new directive. Nintendo knows on which side its bread is currently being buttered, and while Microsoft and Sony battle for the hearts and minds of the core gamers, Nintendo is content getting their moms to play, too. And their moms often have a lot more money.

Microsoft, on the other hand, found itself in second place by keeping its eyes on the prize: core gamers willing to shell out for great downloadable content. The recently released "New Xbox Experience" system update has nearly tripled sales over Xbox Live Arcade, while huge releases like Gears of War 2 and Fable II cemented their status as the go-to console for most gamers.

As the newest kid on the block, Microsoft is less concerned with catching Nintendo than they are with kicking Sony's butt, which is pretty much exactly what they're doing. Take, for instance, the November NPD numbers for Activision's best-selling first-person shooter, Call of Duty: World at War. The 360 version of the game sold an impressive 1.4 million copies -- over twice that of the PS3 version (597,000). It's hard to play catch up when you're getting beaten that badly.

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?

Hopefully next year will bode better for the one-time king of the consoles, but for now, they'll have to get used to the view from the back of the pack



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Posted December 28, 2008 - 12:00 PM

pretty much

wii won in terms of sales with outright domination though there wasnt much software to speak of
360 2nd great lineup and sales also price is good
ps3 3rd overpriced, home is pointless, and big games arent selling well

blu ray was savin sony last year but now its biting them in the butt since they cant lower the price with all the stuff theyve packed in and their big card of home is well pointless

Edited by Nelo Ice, December 28, 2008 - 12:04 PM.


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Posted December 28, 2008 - 12:11 PM

yea, ps3 is simply too expensive. they're truly doomed now that the economy is in the toilet

WII had the right idea...affordability

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Posted December 28, 2008 - 05:18 PM

IMO, Wii won but the 360 is the far superiors system, with the PS3 close behind. Bluray FTW!

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Posted December 28, 2008 - 05:36 PM

i say 09 belongs to ps3. 360 is finally reaching its graphics max. dont listen to cliffy b talk about how there is more to 360 that can be pushed, he dont know crap.

killzone 2 will be a staple for ps3, because that game is only using what 60% of the console? and that game looks amazing.

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Posted December 28, 2008 - 05:38 PM

I have both the Wii and the 360, next up is the PS3, which I have been wanting more than my other two consoles. I've always been a huge Playstation fan and will continue to be.

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Posted December 28, 2008 - 05:45 PM

i say 09 belongs to ps3. 360 is finally reaching its graphics max. dont listen to cliffy b talk about how there is more to 360 that can be pushed, he dont know crap.

killzone 2 will be a staple for ps3, because that game is only using what 60% of the console? and that game looks amazing.

unless they drop this price again, i doubt it in this economy...all the kids with families that could easily afford one probably already have one

ya never know though...we've got all 3 consoles at my house in(none of which belong to me) and i've probably enjoyed games on the ps3 the most.

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Posted December 28, 2008 - 05:50 PM

PS3 is the winner because that is what I bought and paid for.

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Posted December 28, 2008 - 08:00 PM

i say 09 belongs to ps3. 360 is finally reaching its graphics max. dont listen to cliffy b talk about how there is more to 360 that can be pushed, he dont know crap.

killzone 2 will be a staple for ps3, because that game is only using what 60% of the console? and that game looks amazing.


they said the same thing about 08 being their year and well that didnt happen :lol:

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Posted December 28, 2008 - 09:38 PM

360 > Wii > PS3.

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Posted December 28, 2008 - 09:39 PM

my vote goes to the 360

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Posted December 28, 2008 - 09:43 PM

Man, I wish I had a PS3 or a 360. :(

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Posted December 28, 2008 - 09:56 PM

360 > Wii > PS3.

i agree.

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Posted December 28, 2008 - 10:07 PM

they said the same thing about 08 being their year and well that didnt happen :lol:


thats because all they had for ps3 was metal gear 4 and what else?

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Posted December 28, 2008 - 10:30 PM

360>PS3>Wii. Although, I don't even touch my ps3 or Wii.
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Posted December 28, 2008 - 10:30 PM

thats because all they had for ps3 was metal gear 4 and what else?


i guess LBP, motorstorm, valkyria chronicles, resistance 2 the lineup wasnt that bad....just the price is terrible
also no BC is killing them since everytime i see someone lookin into a ps3 the 1st thing they ask is does it have BC?

killzone 2 isnt gonna save the system they need a price cut which they cant do cuz they put so much money towards making it so "powerful"

plus nothings really been announced for 09 other than sony hyping everyone with...cg trailers! :omg:

Edited by Nelo Ice, December 28, 2008 - 10:31 PM.


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Posted December 28, 2008 - 10:33 PM

Everyone remember "2008, year of the PS3" Well?
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Posted December 28, 2008 - 10:37 PM

Everyone remember "2008, year of the PS3" Well?


wait til next year 09! :omg:

also recently ive been ignoring my 360 since i finally have a computer that can play pc games :rock: :lol:
and if u see me online its likely that im playin fallout 3 since its a gfw title

Edited by Nelo Ice, December 28, 2008 - 10:37 PM.


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Posted December 28, 2008 - 10:52 PM

360>PS3>Wii. Although, I don't even touch my ps3 or Wii.


haha same. i have all 3 consoles but usually just play on my 360. the only time i played the ps3 was for mgs4, but i am waiting on killzone and unchartered 2 (whose production team boast they use almost all of the ps3's graphics capabilities).

other than that i completely prefer getting multi-console games for the 360 simply because xbox live is much easier and more reliable than ps3's home network (even though LIVE's attempt at personalizing your accounts with little avatars is a straight up BITE off of the wii and ps3) and more things just seem to be offered for xbox live, like the exclusive DLC for the 360 version of gta4.

that and the fact that microsoft was able to rip not only resident evil but also final fantasy off of sony's grasp is reason enough the 360 is [currently] better than the ps3. :thumbsup:

and the wii, pschaw. i don't even look at it.

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Posted December 28, 2008 - 11:48 PM

thats because all they had for ps3 was metal gear 4 and what else?


All? MGS4 is probably Sony's biggest exclusive. They also had resistance 2 and little big planet out. Killzone 2 is a sequel to a poor game. I doubt that's gonna sell consoles definitely not more then the 3 games I mentioned.

I did think PS3 would have a big 2008 as alot of people did. At this point the 2009 outlook is not that bright.




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