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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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RE: Games?
By encryptkeeper on 8/24/2007 12:51:25 PM , Rating: 2
On metacritic, Xbox 360 has 22 games at 85 points or over, PS3 has 5, and Wii has 3.

Not exactly a valid comparison. PS3 and Wii have been out for less than a year, and the 360 has had an entire year head start. The Wii may only have 3 games on the 85% or higher (and there will be one more when MP3 comes out next week, plus several before the end of the year) but lower prices of the console, the games, and the innovative controller make the other games that come in below 85% or even WAY below 85% seem more enjoyable. If I have to pay twice the amount to play one game (or to purchase anything) that I can get for half that at 70-75% rating, I'm going to SERIOUSLY consider getting the cheaper product. Wii sports was free, so it just had to be marginally fun for people to play the hell out of it. But now, the Wii is seen as the cool thing to get, so as long as they provide a steady flow of good games, even if there aren't too many incredible ones, they can maintain a lead for a while.

Besides, you have to give them some recognition. They beat the 360 in sales in less than HALF the time the 360 has been on the market? They're doing something right.

Unfortunately for Sony, they've just lost too much headway to two other extremely good competitors with extremely good business plans and product lines. The price drop won't last forever, once the 60 gigs are gone the price will be 600 again, and with the price drop from MS they're in serious trouble. So, if it comes down to 360 vs Wii...looks like it would be Wii thanks to the huge boost from the Japanese market. Blue Dragon is probably going to be the last major push to get into Japan, and it looks like that one's not really generating the interest they needed for the Japanese market.


"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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