- Sooner, rather than later, third-party publishers are going to abandon the Wii, predicted Yankee Group Director Mike Goodman -- or least throw resources toward other platforms as well. When price points for other consoles come down, gamers are going to move in their direction.
New stats confirm what many holiday shoppers already knew: Nintendo's Wii was the most popular game console of the season, with 1.35 million flying off shelves. Its popularity provided a huge boost to the industry, said the NPD Group, which issued the report.
In 2007, the video game industry hauled in a record US$17.9 billion in sales, 43 percent higher than the $12.5 billion record set in 2006.
December, in particular, was a great month for the industry, with Microsoft and Sony also benefiting from consumers' avid interest in gaming. In December, 1.26 million units of Xbox 360 and close to 800,000 units of PlayStation 3 were sold.
All together, U.S. sales of video game hardware and software rose 28 percent in December compared with the 2006 sales stats.
Breaking It Down
Not surprisingly, given the cult status it has attained, the Wii proved to be the most popular game console in the U.S. in 2007, selling nearly 6.3 million units. Gamers purchased 4.6 million Xbox 360 units last...