People like video games. By now, that much is certain. The last console generation was exceedingly popular, bringing high definition graphics into homes for the very first time, and launching the video game medium into a new, mainstream flavor of success it hadn’t enjoyed before. While Mario and Nintendo were at the forefront of an explosion of gaming popularity in the mid-1980’s, today’s audiences were being introduced to the next evolution of blockbuster storytelling. Only now, instead of watching the big explosions and adventures passively, you could now take part in them actively.
While the last generation oversaw the rise of popular franchises like Call of Duty, Uncharted, the evolution of Halo, and the immersive world of Skyrim, it looks like the days of the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii are being eclipsed by their successors. According to newly-released sales figures from the NPD Group (via IGN), the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are making their way into peoples’ homes at a much higher rate than the Xbox 360 and PS3. According to the report, sales of the new consoles are “close to 50%” ahead of Xbox 360 and PS3 sales at the same point in their respective life cycles, roughly 21 months after launch. In July, when compared to June, game console sales also rose 2%.
We also recently told you about recent sales figures indicating that the PlayStation 4 is poised to become the highest-selling game console in history, since its adoption rate also vastly exceeds that current record-holder — the PlayStation 2 — by a noticeable margin. While both Microsoft and Sony are enjoying increased fortunes in this generation, the same can’t be said of Nintendo, who set extraordinarily lofty sales figures with the debut of the original Wii in 2006. That console went on to sell over 101 million units worldwide before it was discontinued in late 2013, far and away making it the sales champion of the seventh console generation.
The Wii U, on the other hand, has sold just over 10 million units since launching in November of 2012, getting a full year’s head start on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Both Microsoft and Sony’s consoles have easily outsold Nintendo’s offering for this generation. Still, the Wii U is a wonderful game platform, with many first-party offerings earning stellar scores in GeekNation Game Reviews and elsewhere. These include — but aren’t limited to — Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Splatoon.
Still, the biggest takeaway from this news is that video game consoles are perhaps more popular now than they have been in years, and that’s pretty amazing considering many have predicted that this will be the final generation of game consoles. Now, a statement like that seems far more uncertain, if not downright crazy. For more on video game news as it happens, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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