There’s really no argument from any side of the console war
that Nintendo is selling boatloads of Wii consoles in any and every territory
where it is available. The fine chaps in Britain appear to be taking to it
particularly well, however, as the Wii is now officially the fastest-selling
games console in the UK.
Citing independent tracking company Chart Track, the Telegraph
reports that the Wii has sold more than one million units just 38 weeks after
going on sale, 11 weeks faster than the PlayStation 2 took to reach this
target, and 22 weeks faster than the Xbox 360.
“The non-stop demand for Wii, even in the traditionally slow
sales period for video games in the UK, is clearly behind this record-breaking
achievement,” said David Yarnton, general manager of Nintendo UK. “With the
increasing number of unique software titles for the system from Nintendo and
third parties, [the Wii] is being enjoyed by both avid and new gamers of all
The stellar performance of the Wii is also mirrored in other
parts of the world. In the U.S., the Wii consistently tops the console hardware
sales charts. The latest numbers from NPD Group place Nintendo at the top by selling 425,000 units
in July – more than double that of the Xbox 360 or PS3.
The Wii is also well
accepted in Japan, where it outsells the PS3 by a margin
of 6-to-1 in June, helping Nintendo overtake
Sony in market value. In fact, Nintendo’s recent success has put it ahead
of both NTT and Honda, making it the fifth
largest company in Japan.