Black Friday Sales Figures for Videogame Consoles and Handhelds

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Bill Loguidice
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The Black Friday sales figures for videogame consoles and handhelds are fascinating, showing price and lack of consumer knowledge are two big factors: http://mynintendonews.com/2012/11/29/heres-the-total-hardware-sales-for-...

Xbox 360: 750,000
PlayStation 3: 525,000
Wii U: 400,000
Wii: 300,000
Nintendo DS: 275,000
Nintendo 3DS: 250,000
PlayStation Vita: 160,000

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Clarification of my position
clok1966 wrote:

My question is (especially on the 360 and PS3) how many are 100% new buyers? There where some $149 deal on the 360 that had me thinking of a backup set. Not that i think many people do that.. but I wonder how many are repeat buyers, either to replace broken ones, or like me (again I doubt many do this) having one in living room and also a bedroom) When you look at what current consoles can do.. and maybe the 360 more so then others, it really inst JUST a game machine.. sure several of the other things are not implemented exceptionally, but good enough , but are nice to have included with the gaming. web , Netflix etc.. DVD player.. One has to remember before the $40 Walmart DVD players.. most where considered cheap at $99 and better ones an up to $2-300.. so a game machine/dvd (or bluray in the PS3 case) for $149(360) or $199 (PS3) is really actually a pretty awesome deal.

The 360 and PS3 sales don't bother me, simply because those are the latest versions of those platforms available. Whether it's first, second or third, it really doesn't matter because those sales contribute to the platform and new games will continue to be made. What bothers me is new people buying DS's or Wii's, when the backwards compatible new platform is just a bit more, and will be far better supported with newer releases going forward. New people buying DS's and Wii's also doesn't help either platform. The latter is effectively dead for new support and the former is in the home stretch. Those dollars are needed on the 3DS and Wii U side where more purchases now means better support and releases sooner rather than later.

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My question is (especially on

My question is (especially on the 360 and PS3) how many are 100% new buyers? There where some $149 deal on the 360 that had me thinking of a backup set. Not that i think many people do that.. but I wonder how many are repeat buyers, either to replace broken ones, or like me (again I doubt many do this) having one in living room and also a bedroom) When you look at what current consoles can do.. and maybe the 360 more so then others, it really inst JUST a game machine.. sure several of the other things are not implemented exceptionally, but good enough , but are nice to have included with the gaming. web , Netflix etc.. DVD player.. One has to remember before the $40 Walmart DVD players.. most where considered cheap at $99 and better ones an up to $2-300.. so a game machine/dvd (or bluray in the PS3 case) for $149(360) or $199 (PS3) is really actually a pretty awesome deal.

i think about me ranting about a 20 Gig HD costing $139 for the 360 in its early life when the HD was worth maybe $20-30.. one must consider the whole system is that price now.. Nobody can say that's a bad deal..

with all that said.. the only one that surprise me is the Wii.. Even at $99 its to much a novelty machine In my mind. No so much the price (how is the handhelds costing more?) but unless your a real fan of the control setup (or some the Nintendo only games) it really is the "least" of the new consoles.. most games on all machines the Nintendo version is missing stuff or is actually a scaled down or different version. But as the public has shown me it the past.. and almost daily.. im sorta out of touch with what rings its bell.. the Wii was a REAL CHANGE in video games.. one of those "WOW" moments.. maybe its simply riding some of that.. or its just more a machine then I see.

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Legacy versus New
Paul H wrote:

It's interesting that the DS is still out-selling the 3DS, and I'm amazed at how many Wii's are still selling - consoles tend to get forgotten faster than handhelds. I almost got a 3DS on Black Friday, but my DS is still doing well and I have a lot of games left to play that I've already purchased. Maybe next year ...

To my mind, that's a problem. You keep the legacy stuff cheap in the supply chain and people spend dollars on that versus the new stuff that desperately needs the support. I also don't like the idea of consumers shopping on price and then getting stuck with outdated technology and/or limited in-store support (new games in particular).

Obviously, business is business, and if people want to buy something, you should provide it to them. There just has to be a better way not to undermine the new stuff. The sooner that new stuff can gain a foothold, the more secure the future of the platform. It's a catch-22 I guess...

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It's interesting that the DS

It's interesting that the DS is still out-selling the 3DS, and I'm amazed at how many Wii's are still selling - consoles tend to get forgotten faster than handhelds. I almost got a 3DS on Black Friday, but my DS is still doing well and I have a lot of games left to play that I've already purchased. Maybe next year ...

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Yep...
Alex McGilvray wrote:

Am I mistaken or did the xbox and playstation sell more this black friday than they usually do?

Also the numbers for Vita aren't great in general but they are good for the vita. I really hope the Vita gains momentum. I love the hardware.

Everything sold quite a bit more. In the case of the Xbox and PlayStation, up to 4x more than a normal month, let alone for this short time frame. It's funny how a term like Black Friday can psychologically effect the average consumer. Of course, it also helps that some of the discounts were rather dramatic, but not in all cases...

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Am I mistaken or did the xbox

Am I mistaken or did the xbox and playstation sell more this black friday than they usually do?

Also the numbers for Vita aren't great in general but they are good for the vita. I really hope the Vita gains momentum. I love the hardware.

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