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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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By webdawg77 on 8/23/2007 9:02:06 AM , Rating: -1
http://www.nexgenwars.com/

Xbox360 = 11.12 million units
Wii = 10.14 million units
PS3 = 4.27 million units

I think these are more accurate numbers.




RE: Other sources
By mjcutri on 8/23/2007 9:12:53 AM , Rating: 2
From the http://www.nexgenwars.com/ site,
"Remember, these numbers are only estimates ,"


RE: Other sources
By webdawg77 on 8/23/2007 9:18:13 AM , Rating: 2
If you're going to quote, quote it in full context instead of just picking out what you want, huh?

quote:
The next generation of gaming is upon us, and the console wars have begun. NexGen Wars.com has spent countless hours researching sales facts from dozens of sources to track the worldwide sales of the consoles and monitor the next generation of console wars between the Microsoft Xbox 360, the Sony Playstation 3, and the Nintendo Wii. Remember, these numbers are only estimates, but they are constantly monitored and updated to assure the closest estimates possible for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Wii.


RE: Other sources
By davince on 8/23/2007 9:27:12 AM , Rating: 2
Be complete...this is also in the same sentence you're quoting:

, but they are constantly monitored and updated to assure the closest estimates possible for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Wii.

Of course no one knows the exact figures for sure, but believing the sale numbers from the manufacturer are probably the wordt to consider.


RE: Other sources
By killerroach on 8/23/2007 9:44:33 AM , Rating: 1
All these numbers are nothing more than estimates. I've heard estimates on the 360 between 10-13 million units sold, the Wii in the 9-12 million range, and the PS3 between 3.5-6.5 million (I'm thinking it was NPD that recently pegged the PS3's sales figures at passing 6 million).

What does that mean? Unless one is clairvoyant, we don't know the real numbers for sure. My best guess is, however, that the Wii hasn't yet eclipsed the 360... emphasis on "yet".


RE: Other sources
By encryptkeeper on 8/23/2007 10:57:22 AM , Rating: 2
Chances are these numbers are pretty accurate from VGCharts...

To Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo every console that made it to retailers is “sold”. In reality these consoles may be lying in retailer warehouses and outlets for weeks until they are sold to consumers.

Wiis don't sit around more than 1-2 days no matter where you go. There have even been rumors that Microsoft counts new consoles sent as replacements for defectives as "sold", like Sony with PS2 replacements.


RE: Other sources
By killerroach on 8/23/2007 11:02:21 AM , Rating: 2
If that's the case on Microsoft's 360 numbers, that would explain how they said that they easily passed 10 million by the end of last year... I think MS' own numbers were that they got almost 12 million by the end of 2006. If the real numbers are these 11 million, I'm officially scared of that defect rate :)


RE: Other sources
By encryptkeeper on 8/29/2007 5:52:51 PM , Rating: 2
If that's the case on Microsoft's 360 numbers, that would explain how they said that they easily passed 10 million by the end of last year

Huh? You're saying the 360 sold 490,000 units in a year? Check your post dude.


RE: Other sources
By HardwareD00d on 8/23/2007 12:09:09 PM , Rating: 2
When you add up all the refurbished/replaced XBOX360's, that 10 million number nearly doubles !!! :P


RE: Other sources
By webdawg77 on 8/23/2007 1:24:17 PM , Rating: 1
Another source with numbers as late as August 10th.

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The Wii has sold up to date 10.10 million consoles , the Xbox 360 has only sold 10.32 million consoles and the PS3 has sold only 4.11 million consoles .


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Between the Week of July 30 and Aug. 5 the Wii only sold 60,000+ game consoles a huge decrease from the 77,000+ consoles that they sold to the week prior.


http://www.console-central.com/index.php?option=co...

Just saying, that's 200,000 unit lead at the beginning of August. The Wii will pass the Xbox360, but saying it already has is just speculation.


RE: Other sources
By wallijonn on 8/23/2007 3:58:16 PM , Rating: 2
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Between the Week of July 30 and Aug. 5 the Wii only sold 60,000+ game consoles a huge decrease from the 77,000+ consoles that they sold to the week prior.


I would expect all three console numbers to decrease due to the kids being out of school and the grand parents taking them to theme parks and the parents paying for back to school supplies.

The numbers will probably start to spike next Holiday Season. MS should make the basic XBox360 with built in memory and built in wireless controller & internet for the same price as the Wii.


RE: Other sources
By mdogs444 on 8/23/2007 4:05:47 PM , Rating: 2
That would be nice, but in all comparisons, the Wii is more parallel with the core system. Neither has a hard drive, basic cables, - just a basic system.

Even with the Wii, its the accessories that are expensive - cables, controllers - same as the 360. Only thing i dont know about the Wii is its abilities to save games. DOes it have a built HD of sorts or does it use some kind of memory cards?


RE: Other sources
By webdawg77 on 8/23/2007 4:12:57 PM , Rating: 2
It has 512MB built in flash memory for saving.


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