UK Wii sales surpass 6m
Reaches milestone more quickly than any other console has
You can question the platform's longevity, but there's no doubting the Nintendo Wii is a sales success. Especially now market data shows it to be the UK's fastest-selling console.
During the week ending 28 November 2009 - week 48 - total local Wii sales surpassed 6m units, market watcher Gfk-ChartTrack has revealed. That milestone was reached in just under three years.
The Wii went on sale over here on 8 December 2006. Some 105,000 units were sold in the first weekend, with pre-Christmas numbers quickly reaching 185,000. During 2007, some 1.81m of the consoles were purchased, followed by 2.73m in 2008, GfK said.
This year's tally is 1.31m units. Christmas isn't yet passed, so there's room to growth that number further, though Nintendo will have to sell a lot if 2009 is to beat 2008's total.
Has the Wii's popularity peaked? Or is this just a brief, recession-induced dip? We shall see. ®
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Has the Wii's popularity peaked?
Yes. It'll never be as big as it was in 2008, and although I am a huge Nintendo fanboy, it is the truth. Of course it will continue to sell, but never at the rate is did last year, that was it's sale rate peak.
Hows Wiiware doing? (Their online market place for Wii specific games)
I notice they're doing a promotion to try to get more people to sign up to connect their Wii to the internet and the internet shop (a sign-up-a-friend-get-500-points thing). So I wonder if they have many signed?
My recommended Wiiware titles:
But also the n64 stuff is good (Zelda Ocarina of Time etc.).
The Wii's problem...
Is that they haven't released any good games for it for quite a while. All they have on offer recently is sequels and their TV adverts are advertising products 2 years old!