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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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By seamonkey79 on 8/23/2007 9:27:36 AM , Rating: 2
I bought mine a few months ago, and all it does now is collect dust. I tried at least 20 different games, but Mario Strikers was the only one I found fun, and that was only for about 2 days.

Since Nintendo is making money on each one, it's not as big a deal for them that people buy as many games, so even if only 1/3 of the people who buy a Wii buy any games for it, they still make money.

Personally, the only game I want on the 360 is Guitar Hero and the like, so I'd buy a 360 and Microsoft would lose money on me, at least until Guitar Hero 4 was out, then they may have made some on the licensing :-)

By omnicronx on 8/23/2007 9:43:53 AM , Rating: 3
Why don't you just buy a guitar, save yourself and Microsoft the trouble..

By glenn8 on 8/23/2007 10:31:49 AM , Rating: 2
Come on now... does a guitar keep track of your score? Can someone master a guitar enough to play all kinds of songs within a year? Can you easily compete with a group of friends with a real guitar? I even heard of frequent guitar players playing this game.

By omnicronx on 8/23/2007 1:46:49 PM , Rating: 2
I understand what it does ;) i just find it funny that people want to play something that anyone can do in real life (unless you don't have fingers of course). Last time i checked i cant dunk a basketball, or dangle around an nhl defenseman and score, but i can play guitar, and very well at that ;)

By danrien on 8/23/2007 3:40:47 PM , Rating: 2
well, in comparison, some people can dunk a basketball or dangle around an nhl defenseman and score, but on the other hand can't play guitar worth a damn.

By glenn8 on 8/23/2007 10:29:34 AM , Rating: 2
..., so I'd buy a 360 and Microsoft would lose money on me...

That's a common misconception. Microsoft isn't going to change their production rate based on one sale. So if you didn't buy the 360, MS would lose the entire cost of production. But if you do buy one, then MS loses price the store paid minus production cost. So in the end, you help MS lose less money by buying one.

By stryfe on 8/23/2007 5:53:42 PM , Rating: 2
But if MS hadn't built it then they wouldn't lose any money at all!

By fk49 on 8/23/2007 12:14:18 PM , Rating: 2
Guitar Hero III is coming to the Wii as well, and, from the obvious mainstream acceptance of the Wii by the public, developers will catch on as well. I would say that we can expect a Guitar Hero IV and many more quality 3rd party games to be released on the Wii if it remains the leader in market share.

By wallijonn on 8/23/2007 3:45:17 PM , Rating: 2
even if only 1/3 of the people who buy a Wii buy any games for it, they still make money.

Uh, that's the thing... Since the Wii only plays games, 99% of people who buy a Wii will buy a game for it (instead of just playing the supplied demo games.) Nintendo is making money on it, period. Even if no one ever buys another game for the Wii, they are still making profit.

Personally, I don't like the idea of the Wii having the ability to play DVDs because then I'll have to hear "you" saying that that it is good for, that it is an expensive DVD player since there are no good games for it.

Now, let's hope the next Zelda will be out for Thanksgiving holiday. It should be superior to the last version which was strictly based upon GC code.

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