Nintendo Wii has nearly the entire motion-sensing video game industry right in the palm of its hand. However, numbers are showing that consumers are slowly moving from the Wii system to rival game consoles like Microsoft’s Xbox 360. It appears that the Nintendo Wii, one of the few prominent video game systems in the 21st century, is fading increasingly more in popularity. And if Nintendo fails to produce a brand new creation to match with its competition, returning to positive growth could be highly unlikely.
This year is poor for Nintendo Wii
Leading U.K. video games retailer GAME blames Nintendo’s consoles for the decline in revenue and sales this year. Gamestation also reported a loss of nearly 40 percent in sales compared to last year’s sales for Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS consoles. U.S. customers are also showing a shift away from the Wii. Nintendo is not very looking forward to the low shipment numbers for August, reports Conceivable Tech. There were few Wii’s shipped. There were only 244,000. In contrast to the 357,000 Xbox 360 sales and 226,000 sales for PS3s, total Nintendo Wii sales for that month seem to pale in comparison. There has been a significant decrease in sport console product sales. This has been taking place for a while. However, with the current trend, if Nintendo doesn’t come up with something fast, chances of reclaiming the lead could be slim to none. The Japanese video sport giant likely won’t be arriving out with a brand new Wii gaming console. Next season there may be plans for a new Wii gaming console to be introduced. It nevertheless probably will not be coming out until 2012 at least.
Motion sensing game competition is coming now
The Wii has some competitors. These are big time competitors. The Wii remote was mimicked by Sony with the PlayStation Move that came out earlier this season. It has better motion sensing technology in it than the Wii remotes though. Kinect is a camera based upon system that makes it so a remote is not even needed, which is what Microsoft is working with supposedly. A microphone, camera, depth sensor and processor are all used in recording what the user does with its movements and sounds. It is slated to be released in the United States sometime in November. Marketing is being planned by both companies carefully. They are marketing to the upcoming holidays.