More Good News for Portable Gaming Systems
For those that look at Flurry and see that
SAMSUNG + HTC + MOTOROLA + LG + KYOCERA + SONY ERICCSON + GARMIN ASUS + ACER
+ HUAWEI + DELL + LENOVO + INBRICS + T-MOBILE + GEEKSPHONE + ARCHOS
+ APPLE iOS
VS: SONY PSP + NINTENDO DS(family) + NINTENDO 3DS
means Portable Gaming devices are dying...
I see that this as a silly comparison!
if it takes Dozens upon Dozens upon Dozens of Smartphones just to equal or surpass protable gaming system video game sales, then the future for portable gaming systems is quite strong.
And in case you think that GOOGLE ANDROID + APPLE IOS means portable gaming systems no longer have any sales growth?
I mean haven't we read constant drum beat after drum beat of how the NINTENDO 3DS is a failed gaming system?
Now we see from this article that that is absolutely not true at all mainly because of the price cut and the upcoming Holiday Months:
Nintendo has sold 1.65 million Nintendo 3DS devices.
Last I checked here's the sales figure for SONY ERICCSON's smartphone Xperia from 20 January 2011:
So out of a total of 4 devices, Sony has sold 9 million.
Divide 9 million into 4 and you get: 2.25 million per device since launch (at least 1 year of sales).
Nintendo 3DS has so far sold 1.65 million and is set to surprass Nintendo DS's total sales
of 2.37 million.
About HALF of all sales for the Nintendo DS occured during the Holidays. The Nintendo 3DS just needs to sell 180,000 devices per month over the next 4 months.
In October, the Nintendo 3DS sold 250,000 devices...already surpassing the pace needed to tie the Nintendo DS and essentially sell more devices than SONY ERICCSON smartphones.
That is when you actually do a DEVICE vs. DEVICE comparison.
I think that is impressive when you consider that you can not CALL anyone with your 3DS.
NOW HOW MANY 3DS devices will be sold?
If the Nintendo 3DS matches the Nintendo DS Holiday Sales....which were 50 percent of its 2.37 million total,
Then the Nintendo 3DS is set to sell 1.185 million 3DS devices.
Add that figure to the current 1.65 million and you get a total of 2.835 million in sales over 12 months.
As for Smartphones? *OUCH* *OOF!*
Of course the other side of the story is that you can point out sales of the APPLE iPhone or the
Samsung Galaxy SII and come up with devices sell far more units than Nintendo's 3DS.
But, like I said before and will continue to say... How many APPLE iPHONEs would be sold if you could not TEXT or CALL or E-MAIL anyone with them?
Correct me if I am wrong but I do not believe you can CALL or TEXT or E-MAIL anyone with your Nintendo 3DS.
So, maybe future portable gaming systems will add some of these missing features?
The SONY Portable VITA will have AT&T service tied to the gaming machine:
VOICE and TEXT Chat are features of the upcoming SONY VITA.
It appears that while Motley Fool Authors are busy banging out negativity against the Portable Gaming Systems 3DS and VITA, Sony is busy banging out reasons to stop paying $80+ a month to AT&T for a Smartphone that is only capable of providing FRUIT NINJA type games.
With VOICE and TEXT chat....which can be accomplished in-game or simply while browsing the internet, there will be less and less reasons to justify spending $300+ on some of the more expensive Smartphones like the APPLE iPHONE and SAMSUNG Galaxy SII.