updated 04:00 pm EDT, Thu August 23, 2007
More Wiis than 360s
Nintendo's Wii console has reportedly passed Microsoft's Xbox 360 in lifetime sales, according to data from VG Chartz, a group that collects information directly from retailers. Figures produced on August 23rd put the Wii at 10.57 million units sold worldwide, compared to the 360's 10.51 million. This is in spite of the Wii only launching in November of last year, a fact that should have put the console at a disadvantage given the 360's 2005 launch. By comparison, Sony's PlayStation 3 launched at nearly the same time as the Wii, but has only sold 4.32 million units.
NewsFactor observes that the statistics also mark the first time since 1994 that a company has controlled both the console and handheld markets. Nintendo's DS handheld has so far sold 48.83 million units, a figure more than twice as high as Sony's PSP. In 1994, Nintendo dominated with the combination of the Super Nintendo and the GameBoy.
Suggested factors for the Wii's success are numerous, ranging from its lower $250 pricetag to the demand for game series such as Mario and Zelda. The console's controller is said to be another major draw, since its motion-sensing technology can make it more appealing to those uncomfortable with gaming's detachedness, or its potentially complex button interfaces.