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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: Other sources
By webdawg77 on 8/23/2007 1:24:17 PM , Rating: 1
Another source with numbers as late as August 10th.

The Wii has sold up to date 10.10 million consoles , the Xbox 360 has only sold 10.32 million consoles and the PS3 has sold only 4.11 million consoles .

Between the Week of July 30 and Aug. 5 the Wii only sold 60,000+ game consoles a huge decrease from the 77,000+ consoles that they sold to the week prior.

Just saying, that's 200,000 unit lead at the beginning of August. The Wii will pass the Xbox360, but saying it already has is just speculation.

RE: Other sources
By wallijonn on 8/23/2007 3:58:16 PM , Rating: 2
Between the Week of July 30 and Aug. 5 the Wii only sold 60,000+ game consoles a huge decrease from the 77,000+ consoles that they sold to the week prior.

I would expect all three console numbers to decrease due to the kids being out of school and the grand parents taking them to theme parks and the parents paying for back to school supplies.

The numbers will probably start to spike next Holiday Season. MS should make the basic XBox360 with built in memory and built in wireless controller & internet for the same price as the Wii.

RE: Other sources
By mdogs444 on 8/23/2007 4:05:47 PM , Rating: 2
That would be nice, but in all comparisons, the Wii is more parallel with the core system. Neither has a hard drive, basic cables, - just a basic system.

Even with the Wii, its the accessories that are expensive - cables, controllers - same as the 360. Only thing i dont know about the Wii is its abilities to save games. DOes it have a built HD of sorts or does it use some kind of memory cards?

RE: Other sources
By webdawg77 on 8/23/2007 4:12:57 PM , Rating: 2
It has 512MB built in flash memory for saving.

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