Nintendo sells 5m Wiis in Japan
Hit target faster than PS2 did
Nintendo has now sold more than 5m Wii consoles in its home territory, reaching that point six weeks sooner than Sony's PS2 took, but not as quickly as Nintendo's own DS handheld.
The DS passed 5m mark in 56 weeks. The Wii took 60 weeks and the PS2 66 weeks. From the Wii's launch on 2 December 2006 to 20 January 2008, 5,019,337 units have been sold, according to local market watcher Enterbrain by way of its Japanese-language website Famitsu.com.
It's not known yet how many PS3s have been purchased in Japan to date, but it's likely to be a long way off. The Xbox 360 will be even further away from passing the 5m mark.
Japanese Console Sales
Source: Media Create
Weekly sales totals over the Christmas and New Year period show how dramatically Nintendo's consoles out-sold their rivals.
RE: PS3 - watch this space
I got bored watching and waiting a long time ago. When the Wii was launched it engaged people straight away and constantly delivered. Why should I wait a whole year for the PS3 to deliver something interesting.
"The Wii outsold the PS3 by four million for the sale."
"The Wii outsold the PS3 by four million for the year."
Don't know where the hell my head was then.
Pointing out the bleeding fucking obvious.
These are JAPANESE sales numbers, folks. I hate to point out the bleeding fucking obvious, here, but the PS3 came in *6th* in NDP numbers for December. Yes, read that, *6th*. Behind the PSP. They were outsold by the Wii 500k units, by the Xbox 360 by 400k units, and the PS2 and the PSP by 300k units each. The DS outsold the PS3 by three fold.
The Wii outsold the PS3 by four million for the sale. The Xbox 360 outsold the PS3 by two million. Even the PS2 and the PSP outsold the PS3.
Don't give me any bollocks about the price differences, either. This is absolutely unprecedented no matter how you look at it. If Japan wants to get stuck with a dead console then that is fine by me, but going on about a gut feeling is ridiculous as that feeling is probably nothing more than indigestion. Sony's long term strategy is a bit non-existent at this point. Do they expect the PS3 to save Blu-ray, or Blu-ray to save the PS3? I guarantee it's neither. Sony's a bit-player this round, and there's no two ways about that.
Numbers don't lie, although people often try and create reason for their existence. How many excuses do we have to hear from the fan-boys before they realize what's actually happening?
Oh, right... this is technology and video-games. Logic and reason take a backseat to rabid fandom.
Not the Wii I'm intrigued about
I'm surprised to see a few things there, namely that not only is the XBox being outsold by the PS3, but the PS2 as well?? I can only assume this is because of price-point.
Actually I've just spotted it, a bit of trend analysis of the PS2+3 shows the units are shifting in roughly the same pattern - PS3 owners must be making up for the removed backwards compatibility by getting a PS2 as well...
Plenty of Wiis here
Mind you, I'm in France right now.
Anyone in Blighty want a Euro model Wii? Raise your hands, and show me those pinkies... :)