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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 djc208 on 8/23/2007 10:12:08 AM , Rating: -1
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 this is the main point. The fact that everyone keeps comparing these systems benefits us, but in reality the Wii just isn't "next gen" the same way that the MS and Sony consoles are.

The Wii is almost an appliance, a toy, a glorified board game that people want to pick up an play with, even if just to see how it works. The 360 and PS3 are "game systems" aimed at "gamers" and I think that intimidates people whos gaming experience doesn't go beyond solitare, tetris, and maybe some minesweeper.

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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