Wii Gets Netflix Streaming, Keeps Socking PS3 and 360

18Jan10

After shacking up the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Nintendo’s Wii console is at last getting streaming video via Netflix. The content will apparently not be HD, but according to Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, it doesn’t matter because it’s not important to Wii owners. Reggie, I think you aren’t up to date on how fast HD is penetrating our homes.

On top of that, Nintendo continued its domination as the king of consoles in terms of sales announcing a record high December 2009. According to NPD the Wii sold 3.81 million units last month compared to the PS3’s 1.36 million and the 360’s 1.31 million.

Nintendo’s DS didn’t show any slow-down either, selling through 3.31 million units compared to the PSP’s 655 thousand units.

All that said, it looks like Nintendo should be pretty satisfied with itself. These results are no doubt helped by the Wii’s $199.99 MSRP.

To end things off in Nintendo land, Reggie also said that the Wii will have a very long life cycle, suggesting that a Wii 2 is not on the horizon just yet. With all three console makers boasting that their systems will have long life cycles, key software titles will be necessary to keep market share.

Joystiq



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