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November 22, 2006

How did the game consoles do last weekend?

Posted by Kim Peterson at 11:44 AM

Two video game industry analysts offered takes today on how the launch weekend went for Sony and Nintendo.

P.J. McNealy with American Technology Research said Sony had only about 125,000 to 175,000 PlayStation 3 units to sell last weekend -- well below McNealy's previous guess of 250,000 to 300,000. Sony had said it would get 2 million PS3s to stores worldwide by the end of the year, but now that number is looking questionable, McNealy said.

Nintendo was more successful getting on store shelves, with about 425,000 to 475,000 Wii consoles sold at its launch, McNealy said. That company will likely send at least 1.5 million to 2 million units to North American stores this year.

Colin Sebastian with Lazard Capital said the Xbox 360 is benefiting from the PS3 and Wii shortages at stores and the momentum around its hot holiday game "Gears of War." Sebastian estimated that Sony will sell only about 750,000 PS3s by the end of the year in the U.S.

He also said that about 20,000 PS3s have sold on eBay since pre-orders began last month. That's nearly 15 percent of the units sold in stores. The average auction price was $1,500.

Nintendo wrote in to tell us that it will have an interactive Wii kiosk set up for two months in 25 malls around the U.S., including Southcenter in this area. Company representatives will be there to show people how to play games on the Wii. It's a good strategy for a console with such novel features.

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