Nintendo lying about third party dominance? Microsoft would argue so

Last week we posted a story where Nintendo refuted claims that its third party games weren’t selling by producing a colorful little chart that was apparent proof of its dominance in software sales. Microsoft, however, has some fancy figures of its own which fly in the face of Nintendo’s claims.

Here are the sparkling NPD figures, as taken from Microsoft:

  • Total third party sales for the Xbox 360 since launch is currently 67,929,999 units, followed by the Wii at 33,394,311 units and the PlayStation 3 at 19,976,325 units.
  • Third party sales for the Xbox 360 since the launch of the Wii and PS3 is 54,065,728 units, still almost double the Wii’s 33,394,311 units.
  • If you take the total number of units sold and divide that by the number of titles released since November 2006, the Xbox 360 and the PS3 are selling more units per title on average than the Wii. This puts the Xbox 360 at 217,252 units per title, the PS3 at 156,065 units and the Wii at 132,517 units.

MS’ David Dennis went as far as to say: “No matter how you slice it, the Wii third party game story is not a pretty one.” Certainly a far cry from Nintendo’s claims that its third parties were selling “better than our competitors.” If these figures are to be believed, then that’s just a blatant falsehood. 

Let’s face it, PR departments are going to dredge up whatever facts and figures they can to portray their companies as the victors, so we can’t be sure of the truth either way. I’m certainly more inclined to believe solid figures over a colorful little graph though. That’s just me.

Jim Sterling