Nintendo is expected to ship 16 million units this year, an analyst with IDC has told Bloomberg.
Nintendo's lead will widen, pressuring companies even more. Researcher IDC predicts Nintendo will ship 16.1 million players this year, outpacing Microsoft's 9.87 million Xbox 360s and Sony's 9.1 million PlayStation 3s. Wii game sales will total $2.2 billion, trailing only Xbox 360, said IDC, based in Framingham, Massachusetts.
The analyst expects that these figures will ensure that Nintendo will overtake Microsoft and claim market leadership this year.
The article concentrates on Electronic Arts and other publishers underestimating the impact of the Wii until now. Those companies are apparently now rushing to get "their best-branded product on that platform. That will take a good nine to 12 months," another analyst claims.
Thanks to: Joystiq, MaxConsole