So the low numbers aren’t necessarily a bad thing. Apparently.
Despite selling only 66,000 units in the US according to the recent NPD results, some people like Macquarie Capital analyst Ben Schachter sees it as a reflection of the industry as a whole going down, stating that sales were up by 45 percent on a month-over-month basis.
As Schachter says, “With yet another month of double-digit declines (despite the relatively easier y/y comps in 2012), it remains clear that beyond the most important core titles, the industry as a whole continues to deteriorate.
“We continue to believe that top AAA titles will remain relatively strong, but everything else in packaged goods will deteriorate ahead of the console transition.
“We believe gamers are questioning paying top dollar for an average experience (especially for younger demographics),when they are able to get other enjoyable experiences from a free or low-cost app.”
As a whole, not as much doom-saying as Pachter, but it still reflects a console in decline – even if Nintendo will meet their revised sales forecasts as predicted.