Game console and portable game player shipments in 2010 declined from 2009 (roughly 3 percent for consoles and 30 percent for portable game players).
Some declines in game consoles can also be attributed to the maturity of current products.
Nintendo has sold almost 85 million Wiis (through 2010); further, the Wii is under increasing price pressure from its competitors, who also launched motion-controlled peripherals; nor does it support HD or contain a Blu-ray player as the PS3 does. Wii shipments nonetheless easily outstripped those of its rivals.
Both major portable game players - Nintendo's DS and Sony's PSP - saw significant quarter-to-quarter fluctuations, according to ABI Research.
That doesn't mean that consumers are suddenly tired of gaming. Practice director Jason Blackwell believes that, "There was likely some impact from mobile gaming, but right now a big part of these declining numbers can be attributed to consumers waiting for the next generation of equipment."
Nintendo's 3DS is already on the market in Japan, and is coming out this month in Europe and North America. Sony has announced that its NGP (Next Generation Portable) will be available later in 2011.
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