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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 stryfe on 8/23/2007 4:52:44 PM , Rating: 2
What are these points you're talking about?
They're quite meaningless without knowing where they come from. For all we know you're just making them up.

RE: Games?
By Keeir on 8/23/2007 5:58:16 PM , Rating: 3
He's refering to the Metacritic site (search google) that gets scores from a variety of game review sites (Gamespy, IGN, etc etc)

You are still left with the problem that you have game snobs reviewing games. For example, take BioShock. Its "Meta" Score on Metacritic is like 97/100. Essentially it almost a perfect game. Users only give it a 91/100. This is actually a fairly usually trend with the Game Critics giving XBox360 games a higher rating than 100+ users. In constrast, the Wii games are almost always the reverse. Users rating higher than critics. That would indicate to me that Wii games are less technically executed but might be more fun to play. Given that the Wii does have the graphically horsepower of the Xbox360, I think Wii games will start with a 5-10 hit in comparison to the same game on a Xbox360.

Anyway, I will grant that the XBox360 has more "Pretty Good Games" but for a system that's been out for almost 2 years, Bioshock is the first "great game" that actually tempts me to buy the system.

RE: Games?
By FITCamaro on 8/23/2007 7:28:29 PM , Rating: 2
I've got nothing against the Wii but it does not have the graphical horsepower of the 360.

And while BioShock might be the only game that makes you want to buy the system, that does not mean its the only great game on the console in 2 years.

RE: Games?
By DingieM on 8/24/2007 4:15:28 AM , Rating: 2
Given that the Wii does have the graphically horsepower of the Xbox360

Wake up Keeir, can't believe you got this one so wrong.
Wishfull thinking maybe???

Thank you for the FUD!!

RE: Games?
By psychobriggsy on 8/24/2007 8:02:17 AM , Rating: 3
"Given that the Wii does have the graphically horsepower of the Xbox360, I think Wii games will start with a 5-10 hit in comparison to the same game on a Xbox360."

When taken in context, it is clearly a typo.

Of course some people can't think beyond their fanboi extremism and actually realise this, rushing in to accuse a poster of FUD. I think it shows a lack of reading comprehension skills and poor education.

"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation

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