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Many Wiis, Few Game Sales

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Posted April 21, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

The Wii may constantly top all console sales charts, but the software for the thing just isn't flying off shelves.

According to the New York Times, even top selling Wii titles like Smash Bros. enjoy a windfall of sales upon release, but quickly tank thereafter--sales dropped more than 90 percent for Smash over the first four weeks, according to estimates from VG Chartz.

It's not exactly a surprise that Wii sells well outside of the hardcore gaming audience, and it turns out that the soccer moms, geriatrics and other casual Wii users just don't care about buying new games that much.

The average Wii owner buys only 3.7 games a year, compared with 4.7 for Xbox 360 owners and 4.6 for PlayStation 3 owners, according to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter. “It reflects the broadening of the demographic,” he said. “Nintendo’s market doesn’t feel the same sense of urgency to buy every game that’s coming out.”

So we've noticed.

New York Times: New Wii Games Find a Big (but Stingy) Audience

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