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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 Dakuma on 8/28/2007 10:29:19 PM , Rating: 2
" Metroid in 1 week, Mario Galaxy and Super Smash Bros around december, and mario kart next year."

Hmm a bunch of kids games are what this console needs? How about Bioshock - Fable 2 - COD4 and Halo 3?

RE: Games?
By ZavyZavy on 8/30/2007 3:32:09 AM , Rating: 2
Are you insinuating that because Nintendo has chosen to make its first party games accessible to all age groups that the games are poor quality?

Are you saying that if games do not have a certain amount of adult oriented content, they won’t sell well?

Are you suggesting that Mario and Samus, both of whom appear in the games mentioned are not valuable enough intellectual properties to be on the Wii, and if Nintendo continues to use them the consoled is destined to failure?

What are you saying exactly with your statement?

RE: Games?
By psyph3r on 8/30/2007 8:13:31 PM , Rating: 2
WHOA!, kids games? I love those games..any real gamer that has been around for more than 13 years appreciates and idolizes Nintendo's flagship games...They are fun, and they are original! a person who is mature does not need blood to be entertained. The games you are mentioning should played on a PC anyways(which is where i play fps ADULT games with a mouse, I also look forward to ones you mentioned).

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