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Nintendo tops both handheld and home gaming market with DS, Wii

The Wii is officially more than just a gaming sensation. Nintendo’s latest console has captured the hearts, minds and dollars of not only gaming fans, but also the elderly, vacationers, the health-conscious and other casual markets.

Despite being released a year later than Microsoft’s current generation console offering, the Nintendo Wii has surpassed the Xbox 360 in total worldwide hardware sales, according to the latest data from VGchartz.com.

By the week ending August 23, VGchartz gathered that Nintendo had sold 10.57 million Wii consoles over lifetime, while Microsoft sold 10.51 million Xbox 360 consoles. In order to eclipse the Xbox 360 in less than a year since release, the Wii had outsold Microsoft’s game system by a margin of 2.3-to-1 worldwide.

A key factor in Wii’s quick pace in catching the Xbox 360 the acceptance of Nintendo’s console in Japan. The Wii sold 3.46 million units in Japan, while the Xbox 360 sold only 0.43 million in the same region.

While typical sales numbers from the game companies relate to shipments to retailers rather than sold-to-consumers, VGchartz claims that it tracks its data based on actual consumer sell-through figures.

The popularity of the Wii, along with the DS handheld, have helped Nintendo rocket past its competitors. The Wii was outselling 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.



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RE: Not to be trusted :!
By DingieM on 8/23/2007 8:52:33 AM , Rating: 5
This news is also on a Dutch news site and, according to them, VGchart only accounts for large distributors, so all in all its an incomplete picture.

However, I think everybody was expecting this. And if its not entirely true, it will be very shortly.

But, what's the big deal?


RE: Not to be trusted :!
By tuteja1986 on 8/23/07, Rating: -1
RE: Not to be trusted :!
By othercents on 8/23/2007 6:06:38 PM , Rating: 3
Actually it is a well known fact that Microsoft forced retailers to buy excess stock of 360s so that Microsoft could hit the 10 million mark by the end of the year. This does not mean that those 360s actually ended up in consumers hands. Plus if you look at the number of people who had to purchase two 360s because the first one broke then should you count all of those?

In reality it is very hard to know how many where actually sold to consumers, but as long as the person doing the counting is using the same count for each console then overall it is correct give or take 1000 units. If Wii has not already overtaken the 360, it will shortly. It is possible that this time next year the Wii would have sold double what the 360 has.

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