Numbers

Wii Fit hits 1 million in Japan

Breaking news straight from Nikkei (An official Japanese business news source) confirmed through Nintendo that Wii Fit has hit the one million sales mark as of January 6th, 2008. Having only launched a little over a month ago, (Dec. 1st) this stands as quite an accomplishment. Who knew the Japanese were so into gaming fitness. This number is even more impressive when compared to Wii Sports (sold s...

Wii Fit motivates other Wii titles into Japan’s top ten

Are you one of the doubters? When you saw Wii Fit debut earlier this year, did you scoff and sneer like 95% of the “enthusiast press?” News today from Japan goes a long way towards making people like you the left out in the cold variety, as Wii Fit has not only sold decently, it also boosted the sales of other Wii games that many people were ready to right off as disappointments in the...

Financial Times confirms Wii as global leader

A report from the Financial Times is confirming Wii domination of world-wide sales. This news comes weeks after VGchartz first reported the Wii surpassing the Xbox360 globally. Financial Times seems to have more connections with world retailers which gives us a clearer, and more trusting statement. The Tokyo based site lists the actual units sold with the Wii at 9 million, Xbox360 at 8.9 million, ...

Wii Internet system update — who cares?

It could have just been my Wii, through chance or some weird defect that barred it from receiving the full firmware update from last week, but tonight as I prepared for bed in my Nintendo fanman Mother Brain boss chamber bedroom the ol’ blue light flickered to life once again. That’s three times in the past week and a half, for those of you still up and keeping score. Anyway, after I f...

Nintendo raises profit projections. Again.

Nintendo Corporation now expects to ship 16.5 million Wiis and 26 million DSes by March 2008, reports GamesIndustry.biz. These figures are up from Nintendo’s previous projections at 14 million Wiis and 22 million DSes. For those of you keeping score at home, the official count at the end of June 2007 is now 9.27 million Wiis and 47.27 DSes sold. Chris Hecker is no doubt very disappointed in ...

Wii outsells PS3 6:1 in Japan

The mountain of Nintendo grows ever higher this morning as Reuters (via CNET, via Enterbrain) reports that the plucky little Wii has bested the obsidian monolith PS3 by a ratio of 6:1.And the best part? Wii’s momentum is going UP month over month. Nintendo sold 270,974 units of the Wii in the four weeks ended June 24, compared with 41,628 units for the PS3 and 17,616 units for Microsoft̵...

Wii don’t need DVD playback capability

Seems like putting a soothing blue light in the loading slot was a better business decision than including a pricey “blue-rayed” high def DVD player. Why? Because there’s more evidence out today that Nintendo was crazy like a fox for not including DVD capability in the Wii. Gamasutra: According to new research by The Diffusion Group, though 80 percent of console owners have the o...

Nintendo still topping US hardware sales (May)

NPD just announced US hardware numbers for the month of May. They are as follows: DS – 423,000 units Wii – 338,000 units PSP – 221,000 units PS2 – 188,000 units 360 – 155,000 units PS3 – 82,000 units GBA – 81,000 units GCN – 10,000 DS sales solid and steady, Wii down slightly (though still selling a grundle), and the PSP benefited nicely from its rec...

Wii Are Online

According to Nintendo, 40% of Wii users have gone online. Assuming that the total number of people that bought internet strictly for their Wii (not likely) and/or are “borrowing” their neighbor’s wireless signal (more likely than you’d think) adds up to a generous 5% of Wii owners, this means that at least a third of Wii users have a computer, a router, a broadband internet...

Old-gen consoles easily outselling next-gen

Due to my love for oversimplified graphs, I give to you old-gen hardware sales compared to next-gen hardware sales in delicious pie graph form. Nintendo should be sending me checks for all this market research I’m doing in support of their strategy. Data was taken from the NPD, North America’s hardware bean counter. Definitions are as follows: Old-gen category includes all reported sys...

Wii outsells the mighty PS2 for the same period

To steal a term coined by Kotaku, I put together the above charticle juxtaposing the first six month console sales of Wii, 360, PS3, PS2, Xbox, and GameCube. First, the Wii has sold better than the mighty PS2 after the first six months. Amazingly, both the PS3 and 360 sold worse than the GameCube for the same period (!). Cumulative first six month totals in units sold are as follows:

Nintendo dominates US game sales… again

The DS and Wii outsold the competition in that order yet again for the month of April; the DS selling a whopping 417K units with the Wii selling 360K units. GBA even managed to outsell the PS3 by 4,000 units at 84k. From a competitve console standpoint, the 360 sold an unimpressive 176K units considering the seven year old PS2 outsold it yet again. Oh, and Nintendo games made up the top four selli...