Nintendo hasn’t had the easiest time competing with the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. That’s not really an eye opening piece of news to the average gamer. Announcing that a new Sonic the Hedgehog game is going to suck hard would be the only less surprising story.
Nintendo may have changed the competition a bit by introducing motion gaming with the Nintendo Wii but both Sony and Microsoft have been able to surpass Nintendo’s sales since releasing their own consoles and motion-based interfaces. Common sense would dictate that a new console from Nintendo could turn things around for them and give them an edge as Sony and Microsoft drag their feet on releasing a new next-gen console. Common sense seems to have suffered some serious brain damage.
New reports from the NPD Group found that Microsoft sold more Xbox 360’s in December 2012 than Nintendo’s Wii U, the newest console that premiered just in time for Christmas. But it didn’t just eek ahead of the Wii U’s sales figures. It pounded them into the ground, selling 1.4 million units over the Wii U’s measly 460,000 units.
At this point, you really have to feel sorry for Nintendo. They practically built the home video game industry with the original NES and now they can’t beat a system that’s been on the market for more than two years. If Nintendo can’t turn things around quickly, there’s a good chance that Magnavox’s Odyssey could beat the Wii U’s sales next month at this rate.