if you have been on planet Earth at any point in the last 20 years, you will know all about Mario. Ever since Nintendo created that first Mario title every game with his name sells like hotcakes. Even the Mario games that some people find quite disappointing like Super Mario Sunshine. Well Mario's latest outing is Super Mario Galaxy, which is truly an amazing experience. So amazing that it's one of the highest rated games of all time!
In the first month of Super Mario Galaxy's release in the U.S, the game sold around 1.12 million copies. Which was a really good start but expected of such a highly anticipated game. In the month of December the game went on to sell 1.4 million copies, another great month for Galaxy. Now here comes the bad part, in the month of January sales started to slip. The Game only sold 172,000 copies. This resulted in Galaxy dropping from its excellent position at second place, all the way to sixth place for January.
So why the sudden drop in sales? Is it simply because it's no longer the holiday season? Well this is where analysts come in useful, or not so useful in this case. Jesse Divnich from the simExchange thinks that the lack of units being sold is down to the Low sales of Wii hardware. Because of short supply of the Wii people havenít been buying them, this is resulting in people not buying Galaxy either. It seems odd to me but granted, the game has sold well over 2 million copies so sales would have to start going down eventually.
I dont see that as "failing". They sold over 2 million copies in the first 2 months. Thats great! And like the article said holiday season is over and plus our U.S economy is in a real rut right now. The stock market has just been horrible. I think they will still sell a good number of copies but i doubt they will hit a million a month again. But i dont see this as a "failure".
Its American sales numbers, Halo 3 did the exact same thing. Its just how American gamers shop
We buy things up like crazy for christmas, even if we can't afford it. Then tighten our belts for the next few months to catch up. Thats the trend of US video game sales for the last I don't know 30 years. The biggest sales numbers always come in the middle and end of the year in America. It's not a shocker its common sense now. probably also why they keep pushing off some of the bigger titles, they know they can sell more out of the gate the longer they wait.
This is not a shocker. ALL game and ALL hardware sales were way down in January. And as they point out, it's still nearly impossible to find a Wii, so if you can't buy the hardware you're not going to buy the game.
What I don't understand is granted the wii is the best selling, the others aren't far behind in sales. So why don't we hear about shortages of PS3s or 360s? Are the sales on those all from back supply and new ones aren't shipping in the quantities of wiis? I don't see why nintendo is struggling when they KNOW they need to be pumping them out in greater quantities. The only explanation I can see is they are purposefully holding back stock to make wii's appear hard to find.
In 15 months they have sold about 21 million wii's average of 1,400,00 a month
In 15 months time they sold about 10 million ps3's average of 660,000 a month
In 27 months time they sold about 17 million 360's average of 630,000 a month
No one is close to the wii's prodcution numbers they are double or higher anyone else based on time and sold units. It's honestly amazing they are keeping up this well! The Wii is the fastest selling video game console in history. This kinda numbers has never happened before, they couldn't have ever expected that kinda production.
They should catch up in the next 6-12 months. Still that depends on demand, if people keep buying up as many wii's as they make this might be a problem for a while.