Bad news for Nintendo, specifically on the Wii side of things: Software sales for the Wii have already peaked and have begun decreasing, according to sales tracked since May of this year. Sales of Wii games peaked two years after the consoles launch and have steadily decreased each subsequent year, finding the Wii behind the curve. The somewhat embarrassing news? PS2 game sales were still going strong nine years after the console’s release and had a higher peak than its Nintendo competitor.
Nintendo does find itself leading in its console sales, but if they don’t have the software to go along with it, it’s going to be harder and harder to sell console units as the years go on. Four years have passed since the Wii’s launch and it’s already seeing a dramatic decrease in game sales, and for the entire year of 2010 gamers may only be buying two games for the system. It is important to note these are estimates via analysis and are subject to change.
The Wii has always been an unusual console to me. Yes, the price alone makes it an incredible competitor with Microsoft and Sony. That’s all well and good, but if you don’t have the software to support the hardware, a company will begin experiencing trouble.
Nintendo has strong IPs under their wing and fans are always eager to pick up the latest Mario or Zelda game, but with so few AAA titles coming out for the Wii, it’s hard to maintain that lead in software numbers. There may be hope yet with this fancy new Zelda game coming out, but will it be enough? Even Shigeru Miyamoto himself has said he has to bring something new to the table.
Nintendo will never find themselves out of the gaming market, but I think a look at what they want their console to do and how to do it may be in order. It’s not enough to be accessible for everyone anymore, content is more important than ever.