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« on: September 30, 2014, 11:43:49 PM »

I found this really cool chart in an article at the Economist. It's from March of last year, but it covers every generation from the first console generation (starting with the Odyssey in 1972) to last generation. I've never seen this data in a collected format, it's always been something I would read randomly from disparate sources.

A few personal takeaways for me that somehow I never learned or realized before -

- Nintendo had a console before the NES
- There was a lot more competition in the earlier days
- Sega took a hell of a bite out of Nintendo in the Genesis/SNES generation (I always knew the battle was fierce, but thought the SNES greatly outsold the Genesis in the long run)
- How severely Sony dominated during the PSX and PS2 generations.
- How the PS2 sold close to 160m units, I thought the Wii was the best-selling console of all time
- The Saturn and Dreamcast were abject failures (thought they did better numbers than that)
- It's strange that there was almost no total growth between the 3rd and 4th generation, where as in most other generations there's significant generation-over-generation growth
- Skipping generations 3 to 4 due to lack of growth, starting from generations 2 to 3, the growth trend goes: 120%, 65%, 43%, 20% (360/PS3/Wii)

Interesting stuff, at least to me!
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2014, 03:25:35 AM »

Interesting to see how neck and neck things were last gen. For all the talk about how the Wii owned last gen, they didn't really blow away the competition the way the PS and PS2 did.
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2014, 04:07:42 AM »

The Wii U looks to be one the biggest flops of all time.
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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2014, 05:59:55 AM »

Quote from: Teggy on October 01, 2014, 04:07:42 AM

The Wii U looks to be one the biggest flops of all time.

Keep in mind that this data was from May 2013, after about 6 months of it being on the market.
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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2014, 12:48:09 PM »

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 01, 2014, 05:59:55 AM

Quote from: Teggy on October 01, 2014, 04:07:42 AM

The Wii U looks to be one the biggest flops of all time.

Keep in mind that this data was from May 2013, after about 6 months of it being on the market.

Hey man, don't mess with my narrative.
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« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2014, 05:26:02 PM »

Quote from: Teggy on October 01, 2014, 12:48:09 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 01, 2014, 05:59:55 AM

Quote from: Teggy on October 01, 2014, 04:07:42 AM

The Wii U looks to be one the biggest flops of all time.

Keep in mind that this data was from May 2013, after about 6 months of it being on the market.

Hey man, don't mess with my narrative.

I'm just the bar hasn't moved much since then.
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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2014, 07:32:43 PM »

Quote from: leo8877 on October 01, 2014, 05:26:02 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 01, 2014, 12:48:09 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 01, 2014, 05:59:55 AM

Quote from: Teggy on October 01, 2014, 04:07:42 AM

The Wii U looks to be one the biggest flops of all time.

Keep in mind that this data was from May 2013, after about 6 months of it being on the market.

Hey man, don't mess with my narrative.

I'm just the bar hasn't moved much since then.

I believe the current numbers are roughly:
10 Million PS4
7 Million WiiU
5 Million Xbone
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« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2014, 11:24:28 PM »

WiiU has gotten a huge boost by the fact that Nintendo finally got up off it's ass and started making games. We're talking PS3 launch levels of big headedness.

We don't actually have sales numbers for the Xbox 1, just numbers "shipped," although 5 million is reasonable, I actually think it's higher. Basically similar sales as the PS3, it'll catch up to the PS4 assuming MS keeps doing what it's doing, and that's to emphasize games and making new games to the same level as when they thought they had to compete with the PS2/PS3.
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