Nielsen says Wii has fewest percentage of active users

Tuesday, 11th August 2009 15:34 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Nielsen Games has released new data regarding game usage in the US and the report states that Wii has the fewest number of active users compared to the other consoles.

Usage of the console even trailed behind the GameCube.

According to the research, despite the recent decline in game sales, more people played games in June compared to June 2008 with total usage up 21 percent. Data suggests the average console user played 768 minutes.

Xbox 360 was played on the most, followed by PS3, Original Xbox, PS2, GameCube and then Wii. However, data usage also shows that Wii has double the number of female players on Xbox 360, and more than Xbox 360 and PS3 combined.

Console usage as a whole showed that 50 percent of user minutes accounted for current gen consoles , with 31 percent of minutes spent on PS2, GameCube, and Xbox and 19 percent of gaming time spent on PS One, Atari 2600, Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis, etc.

IndustryGamers has the Nielsen charts posted, go have a look.



  1. Blerk

    How do they get these figures again?

    11.5% of owners ‘active’ over a six-month period seems horrifically low even for the ‘winner’.

    #1 5 years ago

    Who do you know that actively plays their Wii?

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Tonka

    Nice definition of “active”: Person who plays video games

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Grimrita

    Almost all Wii owners see their little Wii turd sitting their gathering dust. They bought it because it was the ‘must have fad’ and now realise just how poo it is

    #4 5 years ago

    Where’s anasui?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. freedoms_stain

    No one asked me what I’ve been playing on. It’s probably done by sample survey, which means it’s probably as accurate as young-Earth Creationism, as in completely un.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. MushroomStamp

    This makes total sense!.. as many of us have stated. The wii is for Casual users. Real gamers use the 360 or PS3.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. DaMan

    how do they get these figures? visiting people across US, going door to door?

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Psychotext

    #9 5 years ago
  10. DaMan

    oh =o

    #10 5 years ago

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