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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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By wallijonn on 8/23/2007 3:45:17 PM , Rating: 2
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even if only 1/3 of the people who buy a Wii buy any games for it, they still make money.


Uh, that's the thing... Since the Wii only plays games, 99% of people who buy a Wii will buy a game for it (instead of just playing the supplied demo games.) Nintendo is making money on it, period. Even if no one ever buys another game for the Wii, they are still making profit.

Personally, I don't like the idea of the Wii having the ability to play DVDs because then I'll have to hear "you" saying that that it is good for, that it is an expensive DVD player since there are no good games for it.

Now, let's hope the next Zelda will be out for Thanksgiving holiday. It should be superior to the last version which was strictly based upon GC code.


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