Who won? First-week sales of PS Vita vs. PSP vs. 3DS vs. DS (infographic)

In two of the three major video game markets (Japan and the U.S.), Nintendo has come out on top in first-week sales of handheld gaming systems with its DS and 3DS consoles. But Sony has performed better in Europe, where the last-generation PlayStation Portable and the recently released PlayStation Vita have outperformed both DS devices.
Check the infographic below to see how these four portables fared in first-week sales across the three territories, and for comparison’s sake, see how eight major handheld platforms have sold in their lifetimes.

Nintendo confirms new console on the way, reports profit drop

Nintendo confirmed rumors that it will release a new video game console in 2012 as a successor to the aging Wii console. The Japanese company made the announcement as it reported relatively weak sales and profits for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011.

Nintendo reports so-so results and forecasts mixed unit sales ahead

Nintendo reported that its nine-month results today were respectable, despite the negative impact of a sharply rising yen which makes dollar-based sales look weaker. The sales include the all-important holiday selling season, where Nintendo fared reasonably well but couldn’t beat last year’s numbers.

Nintendo will expand social features with its new 3DS

Nintendo has drawn a lot of notice for its upcoming 3DS game handheld because it lets you watch stereoscopic 3D imagery without 3D glasses. But the new system, which debuts in March in the U.S., also has an expanded social networking feature that the Wall Street Journal says will be critical to its acceptance.

Nintendo reports loss due to weak sales and 3DS handheld delay

Living up to its downbeat forecast, Nintendo reported that it lost money for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, largely because of a strong yen, weak sales of the Wii and the company’s games, and a delay in the launch of the 3DS handheld gaming system.

Console game sales shrink slightly in July, but StarCraft II makes PC game sales soar

Overall U.S. console game sales shrank 1 percent in July, continuing a weak trend that has persisted for much of the year. But sales of StarCraft II, which went on sale on July 27, were so strong that PC game sales rose 103 percent during the month. That game helped push the overall console and PC game sales for July to 4 percent growth, according to market researcher NPD Group.

Report: U.S. video game sales rise in March, God of War III leads sales charts

Things were looking up for the video game industry in March. Software sales grew 10 percent to $875.3 million from the same time a year ago, and industry revenues as a whole grew 6 percent to $1.52 billion, according to the market researcher NPD Group. Even accessory sales saw gains, up 11 percent to $206.8 million.