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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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NexGenWars Hoax
By hokiehi on 8/23/2007 9:44:56 AM , Rating: 3
I think we should not blindly trust anything from NexGenWars

http://www.n4g.com/News-33971.aspx

I'd stick with VGChartz...just my 2 cents.




RE: NexGenWars Hoax
By psychobriggsy on 8/23/2007 11:28:41 AM , Rating: 1
A whole video that misses the point, that the sales figures are being interpolated between past known figures and future "educated guess" figures so that when you view the site, you're not viewing 4 week old sales data, but something that is a little more up to date.

I mean, the entire fact that the website updates itself is a huge clue that the figures are just being interpolated because there is simply no way that real sales figures would be coming in that regularly. I thought it would be done on the client side within the javascript rather than querying the server, but I didn't need to view the code, and make a long annoying video when an article would have sufficed to verify this. I think someone is just jealous.


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