PS2 Still King as Wii Drought Continues

Despite the Wii becoming the fastest selling new console in a decade, Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter feels "it still seems to be the year of the PS2" as Wii shortages look set to continue until 2009.

Pachter's comments come on the back of large PS2 hardware and software sales throughout March, in which 280,000 PS2 units were sold, compared to 259,000 Wiis, and God of War II became the No1 title of the year so far selling 833,000 copies.

"Notwithstanding all of the other choices, consumers keep buying PS2 games, with barely any drop off. Virtually all of the year-over-year growth is attributable to a slower than expected decline in PS2 software sales," he said.

Pachter believes that next generation consoles won't come to the fore until supply issues are addressed and more system selling titles are available.

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ITR4255d ago

So when will Sony kill the PS2?

Amplifier4255d ago

PS2 for 10 years, same as the PS3 just FYI


nix4255d ago

the drought of Wii has certainly helped PS2. and GOW2 another best game i've ever played (after okami, GOW) certainly helped the sales of PS2.

i think PS2 is going to be there till end of 2007, just around the time when PS3's price comes down.

Rooted_Dust4255d ago

The Drought of Wii games isn't helping Nintendo either. Where are the highly anticipated games? The only two are Smash Bros. and Metroid.

ITR4255d ago

Lets see:

Super Paper Mario was one.
Super Mario Galaxy
RE4 Wii edition
Project HAMMER
Big Brian Academy (sure to sell millions)
Disaster: Day of Crisis
Pokemon Battle Revolutions
Mario Strikers Charged

Then you got
Mario Party 8
Mario and Sonic Olympic Games
ManHunt 2
Alien Syndrome
My Sims
Fire Emblem

No real drought.

Rooted_Dust4255d ago

perhaps 12 year olds salivate over the next 6 Mario games and Pokemon, but not me.

zantetsuken4255d ago (Edited 4255d ago )

That's a drought. Nintendo has already released their AAA title, it usually doesn't get bigger than Zelda. As usual, Mario, Metroid, and Smash Bros is all that remains. People don't want GCN remakes with wii controls, we wan't new games.

Until Nintendo gets a decent third-party title (or killer-app), it'll follow the same fate as Gamecube. Cool system, but you can count the number of good games on 1 hand.

decapitator4255d ago (Edited 4255d ago )

Nintendo is doing this on purpose to keep demand up, production of the wii is not something that should bring about any dilemmas.

kewlkat0074255d ago

and of course it's working somehow. Yes PS2 is still king. I see it as bad news for the PS3's Life-cycle.

hfaze4255d ago

Don't forget that the PS1 was still going strong in the early days of the PS2. I'm just glad to see that Sony didn't forget about PS2 owners and leave them high and dry after the release of their new system.

The PS3 will be fine. Sony systems always have a slow ramp-up period. The PS3 is set to shine in '08.

kewlkat0074255d ago (Edited 4255d ago )

Sony was on the top with no real competition with the PS1 then PS2. This time it's different.

Of course Sony left its casual base High and Dry. High prices console that most people can't afford right now, and a Dry on the game selection.

you don't have to take my word for it.

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