GameStop: 112 Million Have Gone "Next-Gen" In The US
Gaming is big business these days and although we never would've expected it 30 years ago, the majority of American homes have a piece of video game equipment.
This according to GameStop's estimates, where they also revealed that about a quarter of its "non-used business for the year  came from Nintendo." And of the 307 million people in the US, the retailer states, citing "reports published by the NPD group," that over 220 million gaming handhelds and consoles were purchased in the US as of December 2009. Of that group, approximately half (around 112 million) bought a piece of hardware in the "current generation of handheld and console hardware." Not surprisingly, both the Wii and DS ruled the roost in 2009 and the sales numbers are as follows:
Total consoles & handhelds: 220 million units
Current-generation consoles & handhelds: 112 million units
DS: 38.6 million units
Wii: 27.1 million units
Xbox 360: 18.6 million units
PSP: 16.8 million units
PlayStation 3: 11.1 million units
As a reminder, the overall tally for the PlayStation 3 worldwide is around 34 million while the Xbox 360 number is about 39 million. Obviously, the PS3 is far more popular in Japan and based on numbers in the past year, it's also more popular in many parts of Europe. As for the future, it'll be interesting to see where things end up...
3/30/2010 9:22:30 PM Ben Dutka