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Gamasutra's regular NPD analyst and chart decipherer, Matt Matthews writes about the business of videogames -- this blog contains his personal opinions on the state of the market.

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Posted by Matt Matthews on Sat, 01 Mar 2014 07:08:00 EST in Business/Marketing
At retail in January, Nintendo saw significant growth for its latest console and handheld in the UK. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 collectively added 24 million in revenue, leading the market to a stunning 24 percent growth.

Posted by Matt Matthews on Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:54:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
At its peak in 2008, Nintendo was shipping 26 million consoles and 30 million handhelds every 12 months. In calendar 2013, the company shipped a mere 4.3 million consoles and 13 million handhelds, declines of 80 and 60 percent, respectively.

Posted by Matt Matthews on Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:39:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
Between September 2011 and September 2013, Nintendo's annualized digital revenue grew from 8 billion to 23 billion, an extremely rapid period of expansion. However, in the last two quarters, the company's digital business growth has stalled.

Posted by Matt Matthews on Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:46:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
Final data are in for the UK retail software market. Microsoft continued to dominate for the year, but Sony's new PS4 has a strong lead over the Xbox One. The Wii U and PS Vita continue to languish while the 3DS stands as only growing handheld.

Posted by Matt Matthews on Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:33:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Social/Online
The popular Steam service from Valve Software, now in its second decade, has been undergoing growth at a rate of 25 percent every year. It has already surpassed the size of Xbox Live and will likely surpass Sony's service population by 2016.

Posted by Matt Matthews on Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:22:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
We've now seen what a full year of Wii U sales look like in the U.S. What does history tell us about where the platform could be in five years?

Matt Matthews's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 01/30/2014 - 11:54]

The shipment data is directly ...

The shipment data is directly from Nintendo 's documents. r n r n r nNintendo may have plenty of cash, but there is no question that they are in a weaker position than they were five years ago. They are no longer bringing in as much revenue, nor as much ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/29/2014 - 10:39]

It is factually true that ...

It is factually true that the growth slowed dramatically. The numbers are there for all to see, I pointed out that this has been going on for six months, said that future reports may shed light on the reasons, and that this growth is important to Nintendo. The only one ...

Comment In: [Blog - 12/19/2013 - 10:22]

U.S. sales only, so the ...

U.S. sales only, so the math is right. r n r nUsing Nintendo 's shipment figures would be foolish. Those are not sold to consumers, and have been historically much higher than actual sales. Just look at the North American shipment figures Nintendo reported, and how far behind actual NPD ...

Comment In: [Blog - 12/06/2013 - 12:18]

As late as January 2012, ...

As late as January 2012, Nintendo accounted for more than 34 of all retail software revenue and 36 of all retail software units in the UK market. Since then, their share has plummeted primarily because the Nintendo DS decline has outpaced the Nintendo 3DS growth, and the Wii has shrunk ...

Comment In: [News - 11/18/2013 - 01:02]

Aaaaand...fixed. Thanks ...

Aaaaand...fixed. Thanks

Comment In: [News - 08/20/2013 - 03:15]

While I 'd like to ...

While I 'd like to think that Nintendo could consider a Wii U price drop, I don 't see that happening so soon nor in response to the PSV price cut. I think they 're still struggling to get rid of the initial stock which probably already cost them more ...