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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

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 mdogs444 on 8/23/2007 9:12:07 AM , Rating: 2
Personally i dont really think it matters whether the numbers are based on shipments to retailers, or actually consumer purchases. I love the gaming on the 360, but the Wii is a selling force and has grown exponentially so its gains will take over the MS console. However, that is still not a basis to prove or disprove that the Wii, 360, or PS3 is the best console. They have different prices, different games, and different high/low selling points. I think all 3 are nice consoles, and its good to see the the low guy winning, and bringing the more expensive consoles down in price.

RE: Not to be trusted :!
By Spivonious on 8/23/2007 9:29:43 AM , Rating: 2

I hope the good sales see the Wii gaining more support in the software market. Mario 23 and Zelda 15 can only last for so long.

RE: Not to be trusted :!
By Drexial on 8/23/2007 9:51:03 AM , Rating: 2
+1 to that statment. though i think zelda can go a long way, mario died off already on the n64.

RE: Not to be trusted :!
By ndessell on 8/23/2007 12:41:01 PM , Rating: 2
What sort of sense does that make; Mario is Nintendo's mascot. Nintendo bleeds Mario and Luigi themed blood. You can say he's over use. You can say he's a stupid idea. you can say a lot of thing good or bad but in the end Mario Mario, and to a less degree Luigi Mario, is a staple of the Nintendo experience.
And in 50 years my children's children will still be playing, as the best thing from Italy since Italy.

RE: Not to be trusted :!
By siberus on 8/23/2007 3:41:02 PM , Rating: 2
the best thing from Italy since Italy.

xD that made me laugh.

RE: Not to be trusted :!
By djc208 on 8/23/07, Rating: -1
RE: Not to be trusted :!
By mdogs444 on 8/23/2007 10:20:36 AM , Rating: 5
I think you are making a basis of a "gamer" on what you consider to be a "gamer".

Games are in fact something that played for fun, whether it be for educational or entertainment purposes. Your statement is very biased - because not everyone that buys the 360 or a PS3 is a "hardcore gamer". Both systems make games that are not "hardcore gamer" games. And the Wii does/will also have games that are played across on other platforms.

Besides that the PS3 is also used for BD, and the 360 has the opportunity to be used for HD, does not make the Wii any less of a system - created during the same generation as the PS3 and 360 - used for entertainment and playing video games.

RE: Not to be trusted :!
By Spivonious on 8/23/2007 2:49:50 PM , Rating: 3
How do you walk with such large balls oh owner of a game system?? I guess my appliance won't get me any girls :(

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