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Posted at 4:57 PM ET, 03/ 8/2011

Is Nintendo slipping in the console wars?

By Hayley Tsukayama

In one analyst's opinion, the Wii may be falling behind the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. February sales didn't go so well for Nintendo, according to a memo from Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter. As CNET reported, the analyst said that Nintendo probably sold 305,000 Wii units in the U.S. this February, down 23 percent from the same period last year. When it launched in 2006, the Wii was the fastest-selling console of all time.

According to Pachter's analysis, sales for all consoles will be down this month compared to last year. He predicted that the Xbox 360 would see the smallest decrease, at 9 percent, while the PlayStation 3 would see a 14 percent decline. The analyst said that Microsoft's console should continue to see the strongest sales, bolstered by the popularity of the Kinect.

Nintendo America President Reggie Fils-Aime said today in an interview with IGN UK that the Wii is doing just fine, thank you. Wii sales may be dropping off, he said, but it's normal for sales to peak in a device's early years and then drop off. The Nintendo executive also said that the company's focus hasn't necessarily been on the Wii as of late, referring to the launch of the 3DS and this weekend's major release of Pokemon Black and White.

"Candidly, we've pushed out some Wii launches so that we could focus on our handheld business," Fils-Aime said.

Pachter said that he also expects all of the major consoles to go through a price cut before the holidays and that he expects the Xbox 360 to be the first to take the price plunge after the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.

Check out IGN's interview with Fils-Aime below:

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By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 8, 2011; 4:57 PM ET
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Posted by: zhenge444 | March 8, 2011 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I don´t know what´s all this problem with the wii sales droping, the wii have outsaled it`s closer competitor for more than 50% in number of platforms (far more if we talk about number of games), the wii is a platform that have more than 5 years in the market, so wriht now the consoles are selling in the second hands market, besides the ones that don`t have a wii are waiting either for the wii2 or the nintendo 3ds, that is why nintendo doesn`t concern for the drop in the sales.

Posted by: gpurin | March 9, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Going half a decade without even the mention/rumor of a new console is unprecedented in the gaming industry. XBox 360, PS3 and the Wii are all in their 5th or 6th years. It's a given that sales would drop. Now if Apple was in the gaming industry we wouldn't be so lucky....

Posted by: jamalnasir_2000 | March 9, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Can you really call it a slip when everyone and their mother already has one? The 360 and PS3 suffered lower sales when the Wii was booming.

Posted by: dkp01 | March 9, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Nintendo is falling off. Every time the gaming industry has said that, they come back with a blockbuster hit...such as the Wii. It took the industry by storm!

Now, Microsoft has scored a hit with Kinect. Pretty soon, their wave will subside and then Playstation will dig their claws in...blah, blah, blah.

I actually liked the Wii very much. But Kinect is irresistible. Nintendo isn't done yet, you can guarantee yourself on that one.

Posted by: cbmuzik | March 9, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

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