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Analyst: Core Games Best Investment For Publishers As Wii 'Bubble' Deflates

Despite broadening audiences and casual platforms, core games remain the best investment for video game publishers, says Cowen Group analyst Doug Creutz -- who says "the Wii bubble could be deflating."

Revealing the results of a broad fall-holiday survey, Creutz says Wii owners are buying fewer games now than they did a year ago -- while Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 plan to buy more.

On the other hand, Creutz says, the PlayStation 3 looks poised for a strong holiday -- 21 percent of survey respondents who don't currently own one plan to buy one this season.

That's slightly below the Wii's 26 percent intent figure, but nearly double the Xbox 360's 12 percent purchase intent, according to Cowen's survey. And Sony's long-held faith in brand loyalty may finally bear fruit: the data also shows that 32 percent of PlayStation 2 owners who haven't yet bought a current generation plan to buy a PS3, versus 19 percent for the Wii and just 9 percent for the Xbox 360.

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danthegardner3188d ago (Edited 3188d ago )

That's fun

Zedux3188d ago

Santa has ordered thousands of PS3s for Xmas!!!

PS3PCFTW3188d ago

exclusives
functions
price
reliability
free online
unrivaled graphics leading home consoles into UNCHARTED territories

IT ONLY DOES EVERYTHING

Anon19743188d ago

I mean, think about it. Since the PS3 was released worldwide it has outsold the 360 head to head, and that was at double to the price of the 360. Now that the PS3 is down to a more affordable level guess what! It'll most likely still continue to outsell the 360.

Domenikos3188d ago

PS3 deserves that and more...

Dragun6193188d ago (Edited 3188d ago )

I'm gonna say that PS3 will do a lot better than it has the previous holiday seasons. And it well may possibly sell more consoles this holiday season than the other competitors.

Hell, PS3 owns Japan this holiday season just because of Final Fantasy XIII.

You just can't deny that the PS3 is becoming a force to be reckoned with.

Saaking3188d ago

Of COURSE it will. It ONLY does everything.

ThanatosDMC3188d ago (Edited 3188d ago )

What happened to the 3:1 thing? http://www.n4g.com/industry...

UltraNova3188d ago

although not by a large margin unless MS drops the price again...

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Sunny_D3188d ago

Well that's one of the things it does. Because It only does EVERYTHING!

skewit3188d ago

So now it's PS3's turn and no one suppose to care?

Bilbo653188d ago

"and 2012 is the end of the world" whenever anyone says this i think they are an idiot. So annoying hearing this s#!t everywhere

presto7173188d ago

Didn't the world already end in 2000.

Oh wait...

yeah...

mal_tez923188d ago

You've got high hopes. My calander ends this year. So because the calander ends that will mean the world will end /s

RememberThe3573188d ago

Q: What is the origin of the prediction that the world will end in 2012?
A: The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012. Then these two fables were linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 -- hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012.

Q: Does the Mayan calendar end in December 2012?
A: Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then -- just as your calendar begins again on January 1 -- another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.

Read more: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/...

-Alpha3188d ago

The irony is funny.

When sales promote the 360, 360 fans will praise the 360 since sales are usually dominated by MS.

PS3 fans will say sales don't matter.

When sales promote the PS3, 360 fans will say so what?

PS3 fans will say (like you did) that sales matter all of a sudden because it benefits you.

It's a simple switch of roles and is hypocrisy/double standards from both groups.

insomnium3188d ago

However we (the ps3 owners) always told the x360 owners this would happen and they just laughed. This is nothing more than a I told you so. So you see it isn't exactly like you said.

The better x360 sales didn't matter then because WE KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN. It's totally irrelevant to win in the first few kilometers with a headstart if yoy're running a marathon against a pro runner. Even worse is to be all co*ky about it. LOL!

RockmanII73188d ago

2012 is the Y2Ks evil twin brother, who's out to get revenge.

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skewit3188d ago

are the key and you know it!

lh_swe3188d ago

Are you ever going to shut up? Your not exactly being original nor constructive to any topic at hand.

sunil3188d ago (Edited 3188d ago )

Didnt i read an article saying 360 will outsell the ps3 3 to 1? :)

Next up - Nintendo Wii to outsell everything :)

SoapShoes3188d ago

A horribly incorrect article at that by a site with no real means of estimating other than a wild guess.

Shotgun_Roamer3188d ago

it's so unfortunate that thats most likely true. I don't care what you buy as long as it's not a wii.

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