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Wii Wins Again

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on February 21, 2007

Nintendo is starting to look a lot like the little engine that could. A couple of years ago, most people were expecting the company to get out of the console business, but momentum continues to shift their way.
New sell-through numbers for January from tracker NPD Group show the company sold 435,503 systems, compared to PlayStation 3 sales of 243,554.

A Sony spokesman put on a good game face, noting the PS3 is still supply-constrained, PSP sales have picked up, and that folks are at least buying more software titles than before. But the trend has got to be worrisome.

With the Game Developers Conference less than two weeks away, Sony President of Worldwide Studios Phil Harrison had better come up with a killer opening keynote speech to keep software developers from defecting en masse to Nintendo. Sony has so far not provided much of an answer to the innovative Wii controller that’s enticing new players to the Nintendo fold. And with no immediate PS3 price cut in sight, Harrison will have to pull out all the stops to turn this surprisingly strong tide.

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