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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: Games?
By Hawkido on 8/23/2007 1:12:39 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, but those reviews are done by gamers... The Wii has appeal to those outside the Gaming community (as mentioned in the article). Thus their vote on the Wii games will never be counted, scewing the ratings value for Wii games out of proportion.

RE: Games?
By afkrotch on 8/23/07, Rating: 0
RE: Games?
By Hawkido on 8/27/2007 2:59:04 PM , Rating: 2
Buying the Wii and only having Wii Sports won't help Nintendo

Err, Yeah it will... Each and Every Wii Sold, is sold at a profit... It is the only current gen Console sold at a profit... (the PS2 is sold at a profit now as well, but it is last gen)

So if you buy a Wii and play Wii Sports all day and nothing else... yeah you pay Nintendo $25 for that priviledge. Bottom line it helps Nintendo.

Plus those who play Wii sports also buy (most usually) Wii Play as it is similar.

"Game reviewers fought each other to write the most glowing coverage possible for the powerhouse Sony, MS systems. Reviewers flipped coins to see who would review the Nintendo Wii. The losers got stuck with the job." -- Andy Marken

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