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2012 Year on Year Sales and Market Share Update to February 11th - News

by Miles Taven , posted on 21 February 2012 / 14,342 Views

Here we see data representing the global sales through to consumers and change in sales performance of the three home consoles over comparable periods for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.  Also shown is the market share for each of the consoles over the same periods.

"Year to date" sales for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 sales are shown in series at the top of the table and then just below a comparison of 2012 versus 2010 and 2012 versus 2011 is displayed.  This provides an easy-to-view summary of all the data.


Xbox 360 - Down YOY 51k, YTD -24.07%


Playstation 3 - Down YOY 52k, YTD -17.99%
Playstation Vita - n/a


Nintendo Wii - Down YOY 95k, YTD -47.16%Nintendo 3DS - n/a

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Michael-5 (on 22 February 2012)

Wait, 3DS hasn't been out for a year yet, and PSV just launched. It makes no sense that you eliminated DS and PSP Year on Year sales!

I'd have to find my file for older data, but for 2011 DS sold 1,373 thousand units, and PSP sold 786.5 thousand units (using data adjusted at the end of that quarter, can't update every file I have). For 2012 DS has sold a mere 417.7 thousand units, and PSP has sold 470 thousand units

This corresponds to a 69.6% drop for the DS sales, and a 40.24% drop for the PSP (which is still the current gen Sony hand-held in most of the world.

Geez, they aren't that old pieces of software, I still buy DS and PSP games. Their history is much more interesting then -% changes for PSV (which will hold all year long).

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Chark (on 21 February 2012)

This sure is showing the Wii's saturation. The Wii U couldn't have been timed better when considering the Wii's sales forcast.

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sethnintendo Chark (on 21 February 2012)

Well, they kind of stopped releasing games on it too besides Zelda and Mario Party. All of course in switch to Wii U and 3DS projects.

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Rath Chark (on 21 February 2012)

I think if they released it a year earlier it would be better able to ride on from the success of the Wii.

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Michael-5 Chark (on 22 February 2012)

If Nintendo didn't cut software like it did (Zelda being the only major 1st party release for Wii in 2011, and niche games in 2012), Wii would probably have sold better in 2011 and 2012, they may have even been able to push another year out of it.

However Nintendo wants the Wii U to be more successful then Wii, so if all this gives a Nintendo console a good launch lineup (unlike Wii, DS, and 3DS), then all is forgiven (except Pikmin 2, and the possibility of Last Story and Pandora's Tower not localizing in NA).

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UnknownFact (on 21 February 2012)

X360 starting slow this year. Funny how it's market share increased even with a 24% sales reduction.

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kumagawa (on 21 February 2012)

I knew the Wii's sales were down but ouch 1.3 million.

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man-bear-pig (on 21 February 2012)

Bad console sales this year so far. Was a holiday week included in previous years data? Interesting article nontheless!

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qqwwee (on 27 February 2012)

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X-ibit (on 24 February 2012)

Thank you for the news. Very interesting (at least for Wii/PS3/Xbox) because i do agree with Michael comment concerning PSVita and 3DS.
Bad year for Hardware sales I think.. Time to release the new géneration =)
Greeting from France !

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goldeneye0074eva2222 (on 25 February 2012)

and i for one , would love a whole new batch of consoles! my 360 only has 50 gigs of 250gig my ps3 only 25 of 60 gigs, and man the games are getting stale

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goldeneye0074eva2222 (on 25 February 2012)

well clark what did we all expect , its got 95.1 sales already . not much more market to cover i call that a success . now its time for next gen for sure i dont know how long ps3 360 have before they see the same fate
of course i bet it will be after wii u launches cause honestly its a miracle 360 is still selling being that old,

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