Sales of the flagship handhelds from Nintendo and Sony have shown the consumers are starting to lose interest in the old favourites in the US, while the console market is enjoying happier times.

However, this is more than likely due to the fact the two companies have both got new iterations of the devices coming out soon and the price drops for the older models haven't quite kicked in yet.

Sales of the DS were down from 536,800 to 491,000 and the PSP fell from 238,100 in September to 193,000 in October, which is more of a steady decline than an outright fall.

PS3 problems

Sales of the PS3 weren't that great either, despite the price cuts brought in by some retailers in the build up to Christmas. Sales fell from 232,400 to 190,000 in October, according to Reuters.

However, at the cheaper end of the console scale, things are looking much more rosy. The Wii climbed from 687,000 to 803,210, and the Xbox 360 rose from 347,200 to 371,000.

However, there's no word yet on how things are faring over here in the UK, where the new DSi will take a while to arrive and the PS3 looks likely to fare much better in the build up to Christmas after some decent price cuts.