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Chris Leigh
29 Nov, 2006

Wii sells 600,000 in US

Wii News | Zelda picked up by 75% of Wii owners.
Nintendo has announced that 600,000 Wii units have been sold since the console launched in North America on November 19. Meanwhile, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has proven the most popular launch title by far, with 454,000 copies shifted. Along with sales of all first-party software and accessories, that means Nintendo has made a cool $190 million ($AU243m / £97m / €144m) of revenue. Noice.

"Even with sales already in excess of 600,000 units demand continues to exceed supply, as it's clear this is one of the 'gotta-have' products for the holiday season," barked Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America president. "We've shipped retailers several times the amount of hardware the other company was able to deliver for its launch around the same time - and we still sold out." Take that, "the other company."

Nintendo has always stated that it intends to ship 4 million Wii consoles worldwide by the end of 2006, but has never officially revealed how that number will be split across regions. Thus, we can't tell for sure how many Wii consoles are still left on North American shelves, though we imagine they're not exactly commonplace, as Ebay profiteers have recently discovered. The figures released by Ninty also contradict recent claims by Microsoft that the Xbox 360 was "the hottest selling gaming console this past weekend" in North America, though we'll leave you lot to decide who's bending the truth there; here's the comments thread - go wild.

The Wii is set to land in Japan on December 2, with Australian and European launches on December 7 and 8 respectively.

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12 Comments
7 years ago
We know roughly of the PS3 sales figures in this period, but has there been any details on how many 360s were sold as well?
7 years ago
Not that I can find. Good the Wii is selling well though. The war has begun.
7 years ago
MSN had this article that over that weekend the 360 sold more units than the Wii before those numbers even came out, nobody even said the numbers for the 360 just microsoft said "we won"

the Wii is expected so far to have Microsoft beat by the end of March Microsoft claim to have sold 7 million but that is actually shipped, alot of those 7 million are still in stores collecting dust

PS3 numbers are not expected to play catchup until 2008
7 years ago
Spanca wrote
We know roughly of the PS3 sales figures in this period, but has there been any details on how many 360s were sold as well?
Not really - estimates vary for PS3, but all are well below the 400,000 Sony promised, some as low as 150,000. I doubt we'll hear any numbers from Sony for quite a while because these can't be spun, we'll have to wait for November NPD.

360 was sitting around 200k a month (218k last month, below 235k PS2 and far below 360k DS), it had a big game and a couple of days of holday, so I'd guess 300,000 - 400,000? Have to wait for NPD though.
7 years ago
David your spot on.

It will be interesting but remember your comparing ongoing run rate with a launch (Wii) and half a launch (PS3). Not really a fair comparison. If Wii are selling 600,000 a week consistently than I'll get excited.

We also don't understand how many resold their Wii consoles for profit either. Are they dual console owners (as MS and Sony have suggested)? Disappointed PS3 owners? I don't know.

Alot of Zelda fans (75%) also in the mix as well.

Still I believe it will be Xmas 07 before get a fair indication as to what the market place is doing.

Also what happens two years from now when the PS3 and Xbox 360 look utterly drool worthy and your getting Gamecube graphics on the Wii. Already a few of the web sites are resetting people's expectations in the Wii reviews.
7 years ago
the only reason the PS3 was a "half launch" was because Sony cocked it up. so it's a fair comparison imo.
given that Zelda had such a huge attachment though, the next point would be to see if it maintains that momentum. (ditto for the PS3, if they can get the stock in to take benefit of the hype.)

i agree with your assessment of Christmas 07 being the first real gauge point, once the hype has died down in each case.

and if Nintendo can produce some good titles for the Wii and it's controllers, then it'll be a competition between Stale Graphics and Stale Gameplay.
7 years ago
In two years time the PS3 and 360 will be standard...not exactly drool worthy...some of the sub standard crap that has been dished out on the "next-gen machines" are still only marginally better than the last gen consoles. But i know it takes at least a year to get used to designing on a new platform (gears of war, etc).

The reason why the wii is less expensive is because nintendo know people will want more than one console this generation (which is why i'm going to have a 360 and Wii). Both PS3 and Xbox reps stated that they should get a wii along with their console. So you can get the best of both worlds...but hey, you cant please everybody i spose.
7 years ago
realitybites wrote
Also what happens two years from now when the PS3 and Xbox 360 look utterly drool worthy and your getting Gamecube graphics on the Wii. Already a few of the web sites are resetting people's expectations in the Wii reviews.
It will be a factor for multiplatform games. Wii exclusives shouldn't really matter. Look at the DS and PSP. PSP kicks the DS in the nuts hardware wise (by that I mean graphics), yet the DS is the system doing all the rogering at this point in time.

As long as the software works to the strengths of the Wii, it'll be alright.
7 years ago
rankodour wrote
realitybites wrote
Also what happens two years from now when the PS3 and Xbox 360 look utterly drool worthy and your getting Gamecube graphics on the Wii. Already a few of the web sites are resetting people's expectations in the Wii reviews.
It will be a factor for multiplatform games. Wii exclusives shouldn't really matter. Look at the DS and PSP. PSP kicks the DS in the nuts hardware wise (by that I mean graphics), yet the DS is the system doing all the rogering at this point in time.

As long as the software works to the strengths of the Wii, it'll be alright.
Or what happened this generation will occur again, and the least graphical system will be left out on the 3rd party front.
7 years ago
Jedi.Jell wrote
rankodour wrote
realitybites wrote
Also what happens two years from now when the PS3 and Xbox 360 look utterly drool worthy and your getting Gamecube graphics on the Wii. Already a few of the web sites are resetting people's expectations in the Wii reviews.
It will be a factor for multiplatform games. Wii exclusives shouldn't really matter. Look at the DS and PSP. PSP kicks the DS in the nuts hardware wise (by that I mean graphics), yet the DS is the system doing all the rogering at this point in time.

As long as the software works to the strengths of the Wii, it'll be alright.
Or what happened this generation will occur again, and the least graphical system will be left out on the 3rd party front.
Huh, the PS2 had a lacking of third party games?

It's nice to see a console sell out at launch, and is expected to have been and if one didn't sell out, you'd think there'd be major problems (unless it was over shipped).
7 years ago
thebigm wrote
Huh, the PS2 had a lacking of third party games?
icon_lol.gif Yeah, everyone presumes that GCN was the least graphical (it actually proves a point). icon_smile.gif

article wrote
"Take that, "the other company."
Nintendo: "Burn Sony burn!" icon_biggrin.gif

I like those figures. Keep it up, Wii.
7 years ago
rankodour wrote
realitybites wrote
Also what happens two years from now when the PS3 and Xbox 360 look utterly drool worthy and your getting Gamecube graphics on the Wii. Already a few of the web sites are resetting people's expectations in the Wii reviews.
It will be a factor for multiplatform games. Wii exclusives shouldn't really matter. Look at the DS and PSP. PSP kicks the DS in the nuts hardware wise (by that I mean graphics), yet the DS is the system doing all the rogering at this point in time.
But how many quality titles does the PSP have? And When has nintendo made a bad handheld?
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