ABI Research Optimistic Despite 25% Annual Decline in Game Console Shipments
ABI Research is cautiously optimistic about the video game market in 2013, despite a 25% annual decline in game console shipments.
In 2012, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony (excluding the Playstation 2) shipped just under 30 million game consoles, about ten million fewer than the previous year.
Nintendo's new Wii U shipped over three million units in the 2012 holiday season, but ABI senior analyst Michael Inouye believes the Wii U is more similar to the current generation of consoles from Microsoft and Sony. "Nintendo's Wii U's troubles are not indicative of the expected market reception for the remaining 8th generation of consoles... While the Wii U Gamepad offers some novel gaming elements it has not yet resonated with core gamers," said Inouye.