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
quote: but how long can the sales numbers grow and how actively will people play, if they don't release more good games?
quote: 3. Third party developers switch focus to the Wii. This should greatly improve the quality of games on the system. Just like EA spent the most time making Madden for the 360 work the best, they'll do that next year for the Wii if it continues outselling the 360.
quote: I think the reason for that was that the 360 architecture was easier to program for because Microsoft got out their SDK sooner to developers than the PS3 did. At least that's what I got out of the article.