According to new NPD reporting Nintendo has been experiencing a bit of a paradigm shift when it comes to sales. In a market where both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 are seeing improved sales over last year, sales of the Wii are down 38% from this point last year and 40% from March. Quite surprisingly, sales of the newly minted 3DS are also slowing. After an initial week of sales reaching almost 400,000 units, sales have slipped to just 194,000 in April.
The slowdown of the Wii is somewhat understandable considering the amount of time the console has been on the market, and the growing popularity of the Ps3 and Xbox 360 in the casual market. But the 3DS surprises me. I had the 3DS pegged as a breakout hit when I first saw the unit, but it doesn't seem to be catching on the way I predicted. It's possible that Nintendo simply has too many handhelds out right now and people are not as willing to shell out the extra cash for yet another one.
Overall, it's a good time for Nintendo to announce something big on the horizon and their new HD console might just be that thing. As much as they loath to admit it, Nintendo is currently in a position where they will have to compete with both Sony and Microsoft if they are to continue to be a viable entity in the gaming industry. We'll see what they have to show at E3 this year.