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September 2010 – Nintendo Wii Consoles Sales Ranks

October 11, 2010

The Coffee Beans:
     Nintendo had the Black Wii console bundle and the White Wii console bundle for sale during September.  Both bundles include the Wii system, with Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, Wii Remote, Nunchuk, and a Wii MotionPlus unit as well.  The Wii console bundles sell for $199.99.
     We already looked at the September 2010 PS3 consoles sales ranks, and the September 2010 Xbox 360 consoles sales ranks.  As I stated in both those posts, the chart below is not designed to replace, or predict, NPD sales numbers for September; but it is designed to be a visual aid and hopefully a good supplement with the NPD data, giving us an idea of what the sales breakdown may be within each console’s skus.
     So, according the sales ranks, were more consumers purchasing the Black Wii bundle, over the White Wii bundle, like last month?  Let’s take a look…

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The Coffee Brew:
     The chart above shows the Amazon.com sales ranks for the Black and White Wii console bundles, during the month of September.  The sales ranks were recorded on 16 different days for the Black Wii bundle and 15 days for the White Wii bundle, between September 3 and September 29, 2010.
     The breaks in the lines are for days where I didn’t have a sales rank recorded.  The first instance was on September 9 around 11:40PM, where I had the sales rank for the Black Wii bundle, but couldn’t find one for the White Wii bundle.
     The second break was on September 22, what was supposed to be around 11:15PM.  I had the data for the PS3 and Xbox 360, but somehow didn’t have sales ranks recorded for the Wii bundles.  Even with those breaks, it seems the sales ranks were pretty steady for each Wii bundle during the month of September.

Highs & Lows:
     The highest recorded sale rank in September for the Black Wii console bundle was #11, on September 3 around 11:45PM.
     The lowest recorded sale rank for the Black Wii console bundle was #26, on September 12 around 11:10PM.

     The highest recorded sale rank for the White Wii console bundle was #72, on September 29 around 4:55PM.
     The lowest recorded sale rank for the White Wii bundle was #134, on September 19 around 9:30PM.

Thoughts:
     I think it’s safe to assume the Black Wii bundle is still the favored bundle for consumers purchasing new Wiis, based on this data.  While the Wii has been seeing a decline in monthly NPD numbers for a few months now, I think it will be interesting this holiday season, to see if the Wii has a major rebound like it did last year.
     When I looked at the individual sales ranks from August, compared to September’s, the White Wii bundle saw the most significant fluctuation in its sales ranks, mostly being down compared to August.
     If this data is reflective of larger retail stores’ sales, when looking at the NPD sales numbers for September, I think it will be safe to assume a near 2-to-1 ratio of Black Wii bundles sold, versus White Wii bundles.
     Kind of interesting to note, at the time of writing this, Amazon.com has the Black and White Wii bundles on sale for $174.99.  
Link – Wii with Wii Sports Resort – Black
Link – Wii with Wii Sports Resort – White
The Black Wii bundle has a sale rank of #3 now, and the White Wii bundle has a sale rank of #17 now.  I wonder if this is a simple “sale” on Amazon.com, or if they are temporarily dropping the price to clear inventory for new Wii bundles, perhaps with the Wii Remote Plus in them?

Questions:
     Do y’all think the Wii will pick momentum back up during the holidays, and have significant leads each month over the PS3 and Xbox 360?  Or, do you think the Xbox 360 and PS3 may start passing the Wii’s monthly sales on a more regular basis now?
     I think it will be interesting to see if/when North America gets the Red Wii bundle, and how that will do.

If you are interested in either the Black Wii bundle or White Wii Bundle, you can see prices for them on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003EH0BQ4&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003EGULF6&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr 

September 2010 – Xbox 360 Consoles Sales Ranks

October 9, 2010

The Coffee Beans:
     Microsoft had three main Xbox 360 consoles available for sale during the month of September.  Each Xbox 360 was at a different price point, and one of the Xbox 360 consoles was not available for purchase until September 14(pre-order was available before it released).
     As I stated in my, “September 2010 – PS3 Slim & PS3 Move Bundle Console Sales Ranks” post earlier this week, the chart below is not designed to replace, or predict, NPD sales numbers for September; but it is designed to be a visual aid and hopefully a good supplement, giving us an idea of what the sales breakdown may be within the different console Skus.
     When looking at the chart, the higher the line is on the chart, the better the sales ranks were for the console sku listed.
     Was Halo: Reach a system seller for Microsoft in September?  Let’s take a look…

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The Coffee Pot(what’s in the chart):
     The chart above shows the sales ranks for the 4GB Xbox 360 priced at $199.99, the 250GB Xbox 360 priced at $299.99, and the 250GB Xbox 360 Halo: Reach bundle priced at $399.99, during the month of September.
     The sales ranks were recorded on 17 different days during September, between September 3 and September 29, 2010.

Highs & Lows:
     The highest recorded sale rank for the 4GB Xbox 360 was #34, on September 3 around 11:45PM.
     The lowest recorded sale rank for the 4GB sku was #77, on September 27 around 11:55PM.

     The highest recorded sale rank for the 250GB Xbox 360($299.99) was #17, on September 8 and 9.
     The lowest recorded sale rank for the 250GB sku was #43, on September 19 around 9:30PM.

     The highest recorded sale rank for the 250GB Xbox 360 Halo: Reach bundle was #4, on September 9 around 11:40PM.
     The lowest recorded sale rank for the Halo: Reach bundle was #57, on September 28 around 11:30PM.

Thoughts:
     I think it’s interesting when looking at the chart, that the 250GB Halo: Reach bundle at $399.99, outranked the regular 250GB Xbox 360 sku priced at $299.99, for 13 out of the 17 days that sales ranks were recorded.
     If the NPD releases console specific numbers, I would expect to see the 250GB Xbox 360 Halo: Reach bundle leading all consoles for the month of September.
     I know people say the Halo games are system sellers for Microsoft, and I think it’s safe to say that Halo: Reach was a system seller during September, with what this data shows.
     Being that the data doesn’t represent sales numbers, but possibly represents how the console skus are selling at retail; I think when comparing these ranks, to the PS3 sales ranks during September that I showed earlier this week, the Xbox 360 will sell more units in September than the PS3.

Questions:
     Did any of you purchase an Xbox 360 during September?  If so, which Xbox 360 unit did you go with, and was Halo: Reach a determining factor in your purchase?

If you are interested in any sku of the Xbox 360, you can see prices on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003O6JKLC&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003O6JJKY&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003O6EETU&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

September 2010 – PS3 Slim & PS3 Move Bundle Console Sales Ranks

October 7, 2010

Brewed Info:
     The chart is not designed to replace, or even predict, NPD numbers for September, but is designed to be a visual aid and hopefully a good supplement to give us an idea of what the sales breakdown may be within the PS3 console Skus.
     Remember when looking at the chart, the higher the line is on the chart, the better the sales ranks were for the consoles.

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Coffee Beans(what makes up the chart):
     The chart above shows the sales ranks for the 160GB PS3 priced at $299.99, and the 320GB PS3 Move bundle priced at $399.99, during the month of September.  The sales ranks were recorded on Amazon.com with the dates and times recorded, when each sales rank was captured, on 17 different days in September.
     The sales ranks were captured between September 3 and September 29, 2010.  The highlighted days on the chart, from September 18 through September 29, are days that reflect when the 320GB PS3 Move bundle was actually available for purchase, not just “pre-order”.

Highs & Lows:
     The highest recorded sale rank for the 160GB PS3 was #12, on September 3 around 11:45PM.
     The lowest recorded sale rank for the 160GB PS3 was #25, on September 29 around 4:55PM.

     The highest recorded sale rank for the 320GB PS3 Move bundle was #19, on September 18 around 11:00PM.
     The lowest recorded sale rank for the 320GB PS3 Move bundle was #102, on September 3 around 11:45PM.

Thoughts:
     September 2010 was an interesting month for consoles.  Sony released the new Sony 320GB PS3 Move bundle for $399.99, on September 17, and Microsoft had three consoles available for purchase in September: the Xbox 360 4GB, Xbox 360 250GB, and the 250GB Halo: Reach bundle(available on September 14).
     While we don’t know the official NPD numbers for September yet, I think it will be interesting to see if they give an estimate for how the Sony Move bundle for $99.99, and the console bundle, sold during September.

Questions:
     Have any of you played with the PS3 Move controller and Navigation controller?  If so, what do you think of it from what you have played?  If you haven’t played it, is the Move something you are interested in picking up for your PS3?
     I am interested in the controllers, just to see how well they perform in FPS games on the PS3.  I was in Best Buy earlier this week, and saw they had the PS3 Move on display.  I couldn’t figure out how to navigate the PS3 menu using just the Move controller, so I was stuck with watching a demo video; not actually playing any demo.

You can see prices for the 160GB and 320GB PS3s on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003VUO6H4&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002I0K956&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

September Finished, October Beginning

October 4, 2010

     September has already come and gone!  September involved lots of school, playing some games, drinking lots of coffee, and getting sick(booo…not fun)!  I also received my first “preview/review” copy of a game in September, that being Greg Hastings Paintball 2.
     In September, I consumed a good bit of coffee, and played more games than I thought I would.  Let’s take a look…

Coffees Consumed in September:
     While I didn’t consume as many coffee blends in September, as previous months, I consumed about the same amount of coffee.  When we had our company visit back in August, I thought it was interesting that my friend was able to identify the Starbucks Italian Roast, without knowing that’s what I had brewed.  He drinks a lot of Starbucks coffee, and seemed to know what it was from the first sip.
Games Played In September:
Thoughts:
     My favorite coffee blend in September was definitely the Trader Joe’s Organic Fair Trade Five Country Espresso Blend (Dark Roast).  It has a nice bold flavor, and one friend noticed it immediately(even with cream/sugar added), and said, “This has a nice strong flavor.”
     I picked up The Conduit again, from the website Goozex.com, where I had points sitting around for a few months not doing anything.  I plan on doing some comparison articles/videos for when Conduit 2 is released.  I hopped into an online match, and actually did pretty well considering I had not played since last September/October.
     Groovin’ Blocks is still fun, and one Sunday afternoon Mrs. CwG and I played multi-player in it, and she was destroying me at it.  When I asked her what she thought of it, she said something like, “I like this better than Tetris, because I don’t have to turn the blocks.”
     Keith, from RespawnAction.com and EpicBattleAxe.com, and I played some Call of Duty: World at War Zombie Mode on the PS3 in early September.
     Greg Hastings Paintball 2 for the Wii arrived last Thursday in the mail, but I didn’t check the mail until 11:00PM that night, but I was able to put it in and play through the tutorial, and then a few matches.  You can watch my first “Quick Brew Preview” for Greg Hastings Paintball 2 here, but I should be getting another preview up this week sometime.
Totals:
     In September, I had just three different coffee blends, but I played nine different video games.
Questions:
     What games did y’all play in September?  Did y’all have a drink of choice(coffee, or not) during September while gaming?