Microsoft and Nintendo Made Out Like Bandits on Black Friday

on November 29, 2011 8:00 PM

All told, Microsoft and Nintendo sold 800,000 and 500,000 consoles, respectively, on the most high-profile shopping day of the year in the United States last week. Sony hasn’t released official numbers yet — the company has issued its standard hard-number-free release — but expect PS3 sales to be within this range when NPD figures become available. Interestingly enough, Microsoft’s Kinect sensor sold nearly as much as the Xbox console itself: Seven hundred and fifty thousands units of the peripheral were rung up Friday, both bundled and as standalones.

The Wii’s Black Friday sales surpassed any other year the console’s been on the market, a figure that may be attributed to the deeply discounted Walmart model that actually lost money for the retailer. That’s a bit surprising considering how Wii-crazy the world was for the first two years the console was on the market.

For the week as a whole, Microsoft sold 960,000 consoles. Nintendo’s sales of the 3DS were also boosted; the company sold more than three times as many units of the system Nov. 20-26 than it did the previous week.

The high console sales also seem to match a trend with overall holiday shopping so far. Retailers say they’ve seen an increase in sales on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year. So there you have it, gamers: You’re contributing to the economic recovery. Pat yourself on the back, there.

 /  Staff Writer
Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.