It's official: the Wii fad is over. Nintendo only sold nearly four million Wiis in December.
Wait, what? NPD Group numbers have been released for December 2009 and Nintendo pushed a remarkable 3.8 million Wiis during the Christmas month. To say that number's impressive is...well, there just isn't much to say, really. Nintendo dominated December. Here's how it all shook out:
- Wii -- 3.81 million
- DS -- 3.31 million
- PlayStation 3 -- 1.36 million
- Xbox 360 -- 1.31 million
- PSP -- 654,7000
- PlayStation 2 -- 333,2000
"December marks just the fourth month of the year where the industry saw an increase over last year," said NPD Group analyst Anita Frazier in comments accompanying the numbers. "January and February were both up, and since the decline that began in March, only September experienced growth. The big sales this month, particularly on the hardware front, is a positive move for the industry headed into what will hopefully be a recovery year in 2010."
Microsoft is typically quick to issue a statement discussing and bragging about the sales numbers for Xbox 360 but has so far issued no release for December. (UPDATE: That release has since been distributed to the gaming press.)The absence could be attributed to PlayStation 3's surprising push just ahead of Xbox 360 during last month. The price cuts and PlayStation 3 Slim from late last summer appears to have created solid momentum for Sony as 2009 came to a close. How Microsoft responds to this momentum in the short term should be interesting.
The PlayStation 2 era appears to finally be coming to a close, but more than 300,000 sales for a console receiving little support from the industry is nothing to sneeze at. It's free money.
Nintendo as a whole is remarkably impressive, as well. Nintendo platforms sold a combined total of 7.12 million units in December, far exceeded all the other platforms combined.