Nintendo faced heavy sales drop with Wii and 3DS in April

By Chris Cook - May 16, 2011

It is no secret that the Nintendo Wii is becoming a little dated as it only offers something that has now been replicated by its rivals, with Sony and their PlayStation Move and Microsoft with their Xbox 360 Kinect.

As for the Nintendo 3DS, before its release it was hyped up and expected to be a revolutionary device and to some extent it lived up to its hype, but that hasn’t stopped a lot of users feeling disappointed by it.

For those of you that agree today’s news will be of no surprise, as last month Nintendo were faced with a heavy drop in sales of their signature games consoles, 3DS and Wii, in April. This is according to the data recorded by the NPD Group.

In contrast, their rivals were faced with the opposite situation. The PS3 and Xbox 360 sales rose in comparison to their April sales. The Wii still managed to sell 172,000 units, while the 3DS sold 194, 000. Considering they shifted 400,000 units in the 3DS’s first week, Nintendo’s dilemma is clear.

Check out Marketwatch for more details on sales. What do you think of the sales drop? Do you they it will rise again? Let us know in the comments below.

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