Who Will Be The Second Place Console This Generation?

Depending on who you ask, the current generation first got underway when the Wii U launched in November of 2012, or else the race finally started when all the consoles came to market in November of 2013. Regardless of which date you choose to go by, one thing that’s clear is that even though this generation is just getting started, the Big Three have already sharply defined their respective positions for global sales. Sony has so far made few critical errors in terms of pricing and marketing, and they’re sitting in the #1 position both worldwide and in many of the bigger markets for games. Microsoft is sitting at #2 thanks to some serious PR, pricing and policy blunders leading up to launch that killed the momentum they were previously enjoying as America’s favourite console.

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Concertoine1107d ago (Edited 1107d ago )

I think MS has more potential than Nintendo. I mean the Wii U, even with a market much bigger now than 2001, is selling worse than the gamecube. Even then, MS' first console on the market beat the gamecube. However those two consoles are perfect examples of why "places" don't matter. The Xbox was a commercial failure and the Gamecube was a small success. These companies need to make money, and Nintendo has more potential to make profit because of the crazy dedication to their software, and the little to no loss on hardware.

The one thing Nintendo has over MS is the Japanese market but they don't care enough about consoles for it to matter. People act like the Wii U has been outselling it forever but it was only after the biggest exclusive for it this year.

I love the Wii U, though. I think it will be remembered fondly.

Ezz20131107d ago (Edited 1107d ago )

All shall fall for the Mighty Ouya

ape0071107d ago (Edited 1107d ago )

edit : sorry guys i though the article was (who will be 3rd place)

Infamous2981107d ago (Edited 1107d ago )

@Ezz2013 that gif was hilarious xD. Time to open my bubble wallet :).

InTheLab1107d ago (Edited 1107d ago )

God dude I hate to nitpick but the GC was a commercial and critical failure. Nintendo made no money off the GameCube for 3 years before they finally reduced cost enough to make money on each sold....which still wasn't enough to break even.

People continue to say that the GC and even the N64 were profitable and that is a flat out lie perpetuated by people who where not there to witness the nonstop price drops and stores with shelves filled with Cubes and 64's.

As for the topic, MS will catch the WiiU this year or early next. Unless Nintendo finds the casuals that won them last gen, they will pull up the rear and everyone will magically forget that the WiiU is losing Nintendo money and call it a success 10 years from now.

There's just too many games not coming to the WiiU for it to be anything but a secondary console with PC/ps4/XB1 the primary.

ABizzel11106d ago (Edited 1106d ago )

I'd bet on XBO, but honestly it really depends on who drops their price first, or the lowest.

Nintendo needs to cut the price of the Wii U to $250 or less ($229) in March 2015 (American income tax season). Because I guarantee you MS is going to have a $349 XBO no later than April 2014 if their WW sales don't stay steady after their WW release.

If MS sees their numbers fall back down towards the 70k mark, that price cut is happening, and they're going to try and suck up all the income tax money, but if Nintendo gets it first then they're set for at least 1 more year ahead of the XBO.

However, it's inevitable. Nintendo's strongest market is Japan which is the smallest market of the big 3, and MS strongest market is NA which is the biggest of the big 3. The XBO has already outsold the Wii U in NA, and outsells it weekly by about 13k units, meanwhile the Wii U sales in Japan (8.5k) aren't enough to break even with the lead MS has in the US each week.

EU (the Wii U's worse performing region) has ironically been the Wii Us saving grace against the XBO. But when the XBO launches in more regions that sales cushion the Wii U has will likely be terminated.

So ultimately the XBO should take 2nd place, but Nintendo can put up a good fight if they're willing.

Concertoine1106d ago (Edited 1106d ago )


Although i'd like to actually see ANY data regarding the profitability of the gamecube before i agree with you, my point still stands.

The Gamecube was MORE of a success than the Xbox, despite coming in "third place", because the Gamecube didn't lose the company anywhere near as much money as the original Xbox.

Also i'd gladly challenge you on the Xbone outselling the Wii U by end of this year or early next. I believe it will eventually catch up but Nintendo's holidays are always much better than MS'. The Wii U's second christmas almost outsold MS' first.

BullyMangler1106d ago (Edited 1106d ago )

hahahahaha haaaa!!!!! . .

If you guys seriously think that the console with the most (sales) is the one in the "lead" when it comes to G A M I N G then .

ahhhh! . ahhhhhh! haaa haaaa! haaaaaa haaaaaaa!!! . .

PS4 in the lead with the most sales.

wiiU in the lead with better higher quality, more CHALLENGING, more IMAGINATIVE more HARDCORE exclusives.

and neither Bayo, nor Zelda, nor Metroid for wiiU are even out yet, and already, already Nintendo DOMINATING the Gaming Culture ! .

ho ho .

choujij1106d ago (Edited 1106d ago )

Considering the Wii-U is currently in second and the rate they've been selling the last few months, Xbone will need to pick up steam in order to pass the Wii-U over the next couple of years. After all, didn't Wii-U just last month outsell Xbone world wide? You can't catch up unless you're selling more.

Since the PS4 is the preferred platform for multi-plats, Xbone doesn't have nearly as much going for it this gen as opposed to last gen. So for second place I'd put my money on Nintendo, cause their exclusives stay put and don't end up on PC or other consoles.

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ape0071107d ago (Edited 1107d ago )

yep xbox one almost reached the wiiu sales without its big guns(SM3DW and MK8) and without having an extra year to sell

i believe halo MCC will stir lots of sales

Insomnia_841107d ago

5.Xbox One

mrpsychoticstalker1106d ago

Hahahhahahahha only in your dreams. Lol

Fanci1106d ago

@Insomnia Hold it down on the fanboyism

greenlantern28141107d ago

Yes most likely MS. Nintendo could learn something from MS about marketing. Although Wii U could keep it interesting as they find a place as people's second console.

sAVAge_bEaST1106d ago (Edited 1106d ago )

please. NO.. I would sincerely hope that Nintendo takes no Pages, from the M$. Astro.Turfing/Marketing Ways.

just be your self.. Nintendo.

We remember our youth, and want to pass it on. 2 future youths... watch the sale's boost this holiday.

rainslacker1105d ago

I agree on the marketing, although I can say that Nintendo does have a couple of compelling games coming, namely X(or whatever it's called now), and I guess Bayonetta 2(less compelling) if they ever get around to releasing it. Then of course they have their staple franchises. A bit disappointed with the next Zelda game so far though.

One nice thing about Nintendo is they do make some games which break from the norm and sameness that we see on the other two.

I think Nintendo just set themselves up well to be a secondary console once someone chooses their primary, and they are doing a lot better now than I assumed they would.

greenlantern28141105d ago

@sAVAge_bEaST. I want Nintendo to be themselves to when it comes to making games however You cannot denie that MS markets there product better. The fact that XB1 has an advertising campaign and the
Wii U's is virtually non existent says I am right

k-dillinger1106d ago

i think its safe to say its gonna be Nintendo worldwide appeal opposed to Microsoft just america once the games like zelda and smash bros its pretty much over for xbone

Magicite1106d ago (Edited 1106d ago )

Probably NOT Playstation console.

But with current pace both xbox and wiiU might become worst selling consoles from their respectful owners.

assdan1106d ago

I'm pretty sure it's the xbox one.

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Ezz20131107d ago

I used Logic and analyze it with science
those will take the 1st and 2nd place


DigitalRaptor1106d ago (Edited 1106d ago )

Not completely.

Realistically, the only things that will stir the Xbone above the Wii U are Halo and Gears. You're forgetting that Wii U is yet to release strong titles like Zelda, Smash Bros, and the plethora of Mario games that never fail to push their consoles.

Then again, MS has the huge third party multiplats and Nintendo don't, so that could be a factor. It could go either way.

BiggerBoss1107d ago

Nintendo would have to really step up its marketing for that to happen. MS goes hard on advertising and has a secure hold on the US market (compared to the Wii U of course). I think the Ps4 will be a good amount of marketshare ahead while the Xbox one and Wii U are much closer in sales, similar to the 6th generation

kickerz1106d ago (Edited 1106d ago )

Yup it goes
1. Xbox one
2. Wi U
3. PS4
And yes I've been to the future, so what I say is fact.

GT671106d ago

Happen to run into Doc. an Marty future boy?

kickerz1106d ago

Haha yup, I asked him why we havnt got hover boards yet in 2014, he said something happened to the space-time-continuum last time he traveled back in time. Couldn't give me details though.

ChickenOfTheCaveMan1106d ago

You should not have wasted your opportunity in the future by going there high as a kite. Easiest gen to predict.

3.Wii U

And the gap between the positions will be large, biggest being between the X1 and Wii U.

lizard812881106d ago

That is what I would say. Nintendo has better exclusives, while the xbone's will just wind up on the PC. Then it just comes down to third parties, which you could just buy on the PS4.

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Metallox1107d ago (Edited 1107d ago )

Does it matter? Xbox One is selling enough to get the multiplats. Wii U on the other hand carries the horrible relationships that Nintendo has with other publishers and it's underpowered. But is starting to sell better, so perhaps it could get some third titles, and it's even more possible considering the fact that publishers are still making games for last gen.

I don't think we should look who finishes in second place, we should just expect good sales for all platforms so we can get more games.

Vegamyster1107d ago (Edited 1107d ago )

The Xbox One isn't on a path right now to outsell the Wii-U at this point, the reason the Xbox One is getting multiplats is because that specific audience who came from the 360/PS3 buys 3rd party games, the Wii never got into that install base since it was aimed at a different market. If Nintendo had gone after that audience and had better relations with 3rd parties then they'd be getting those games on the Wii-U. Thing is Nintendo doesn't seem to care at this point and they need to improve those relations and their online infrastructure, hardware doesn't really have anything to do with it since the weaker 360/PS3 are getting 3rd party games that the Wii-U isn't.

Dunban671106d ago

Eventually XB1 will outsell the Wii u and in the end it will not be close

Both consoles have struggled so far but XB1 has 3rd party support and an exec team that has already shown they wil not sit back and do little or nothing while their sales don t meet expectations - Nintendo did very little until the latest e3 to help their cause and even then they addressed issues that should have been addressed at launch or close - once the games start rolling in for XB1 and PS4 they will both see a consistent increase in sales