Feeds

Wii wins console war, market watcher claims

Nintendo next-gen sales surpass Microsoft's

The Power of One Infographic

Nintendo's Wii is now the world's best-selling next-gen videogames console, having this week nosed past the Xbox 360. The Microsoft console has been available to buy for the best part of a year more than has the Wii.

So claims little-known online gaming sales tracker VG Chartz, which this week said that by its reckoning, as of 23 August 2007, buyers across the globe have purchased 10.57m Wiis to 10.51m Xbox 360s.

VG Chartz bases its figures on over-the-counter sales data from a small selection of retailers around the world. It doesn't say how many retailers it uses, or name them, but it claims its estimates are "very accurate projections of the latest console sell through figures worldwide". As we've noted before, we can't say how accurate its numbers are, but they certainly don't appear beyond the bounds of possibility.

The company believes some 4.32m PS3s have been bought around the world - 17 per cent of the total to the Wii's 41.6 per cent share of next-gen console sales and the Xbox 360's 41 per cent.

Microsoft and Xbox buffs may care to suggest that the two consoles are actually running neck and neck, but VG Chartz said the Wii is outselling the Xbox 360 by 2.3 units to one on a weekly basis, so the Nintendo machine is going to leave the Microsoft one behind very soon indeed.

And that puts Nintendo back on top for the first time since the advent of the PlayStation. Factor in PS2 and PSOne sales, of course, and Sony remains the market leader in games consoles, but Nintendo can take heart from its success in the next-gen segment.

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises
iOS/2 gear loaded with apps for big biz ... uh oh BlackBerry
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.