Wii gets you off your couch and moving!  (Source: Nintendo)

NPD shows Wii sales steadily increasing for June through August  (Source:
Another source has analyzed sales data and confirmed that in July/August Wii took the lead, with 9 million consoles, over the Xbox 360's 8.9 million consoles

Last month DailyTech reported on VGChartz's announcement that the popular Nintendo Wii had surpassed the Xbox 360 in worldwide sales.  At the time the statement was somewhat controversial and was met with some skepticism by fans of the other platforms.

Now another source, The Financial Times, has analyzed worldwide sales data through July, and through August for Japan, to determine the real console winner.

The FT's conclusion? There have been 9 million Wiis, 8.9 million Xbox 360s and 3.7 million PS3s sold worldwide.

The firm analyzed information from the leading retail tracking groups worldwide.  Data was provided by Enterbrain in Japan and NPD Group in the U.S. and GfK of Germany, which tracks European sales.  It is worth noting that while both studies declare the Wii sales king, their numbers are slightly different than VGChartz's sales figures.

When asked if the Wii was a success, Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata humbly replied in a recent interview:
"Not yet, it's a good start. It's been a good start, but it's only the beginning. We want to have the customers continue playing. We want to continue coming up with new proposals to them, and have them keep playing. Only then can we say that we've accomplished our goals. We've been preparing to make things happen."
The Wii has certainly been a commercial hit for Nintendo as it has transformed Nintendo from a shrinking company in the Gamecube era into one of Japan's largest companies.  The Wii has been popular with people of all ages, and is well liked for its casual "pick-up and go" style of gaming with a high level of user physical interactivity.

A recent survey on consume purchase intent showed the Wii Console obtaining the top mark for next-gen consoles, with a rating of 3.7/5.0.  Xbox 360 was rated at 3.4/5.0 and the PS3 at 3.1/5.0.  A rating of 3.0/5.0 is considered neutral.

A Microsoft replied tersely to this announcement, "We are exactly where we need to be at this point in our lifecycle, and would not trade places with anyone."

As Wii sales continue to top the charts each month, an exciting new accessory, the Wii Zapper is on the way.

To continue the good news for the Wii, it just had two exciting titles, Mario Strikers and Metroid Prime Corruption, released.   Wii owners also have many exciting titles to look forward to, many of them exclusive and utilizing the motion sensing control system.

Upcoming titles for the platform include Guitar Hero III, the controversial Manhunt 2, Fire Emblem: Radiate Dawn (Wii exclusive), Super Mario Galaxy (Wii exclusive), Nights: Journey of Dreams (Wii exclusive), Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles (Wii exclusive), Soul Caliber Legends, Trauma Center: New Blood(Wii exclusive), Wii Fit, and Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors (Wii Exclusive) among others.

As of Q2 2007, Nintendo has sold 44.8 million Wii titles, though Xbox 360 has been selling more software monthly for some time.

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