Monday, December 11, 2006

Guess who's numero uno?

Nothing gets gamers in a shopping mood more than the holidays and November proved to be a wallet opening month for gamers. U.S. retail game sales were up 15 percent more than November 2005 and gamers spent (insert pinky in mouth now please) $804 million. And people say gamers don't have jobs! According to recently released sales figures. Game sales were led by Epic's Gears of War (1 million), Final Fantasy XII (896,000), The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (412,000), and Guitar Hero II (356,000).

The console battle rages on with 197,000 PlayStation 3 consoles sold in November, which is a little more than half of the promised 400,000 consoles Sony had plan to ship. Nintendo more than doubled the PS3 numbers and sold 476,000 Wiis. However, of the big 3, Microsoft came out on top selling through 511,000 Xbox 360 consoles. But who was really #1? Top dog? Mayor McCheese? The Nintendo DS which sold a crazy 918,000 systems last month.

But wait there's more! In a report from Bloomberg, Evan Wilson, an analyst at Pacific Crest Securities stated, "There's no way that Sony will make its forecast for 1 million units in the U.S. this calendar year. They will face supply constraints at least through March.'' Does this spell trouble for Sony? Its a little to early to tell but it sure doesn't look like they're panicking.

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