updated 10:35 am EST, Fri December 12, 2008
Wii Sales Top 2 Million
Nintendo late Thursday revealed that the company had sold two million Wii consoles in the US during November based on NPD Group data. The figure is a record amount of console sales for any month outside of December for Nintendo and was nearly paralleled by the DS, which reached its second-highest ever total outside of December at 1.56 million of the handheld. The tallies bring the Wii to a total of 15.4 million systems sold in the country since 2006 and the DS to 24.6 million since 2004.
The company credits the rush to both the pricing of the systems as well as an emphasis on more broadly appealing games than rivals. Four out of the top ten games for the month were Wii titles, the company adds, peaking with Wii Play at third place. Wii Fit also continues to sell well at fourth place despite coming with the balance board hardware add-on.
Conversely, Sony in the same NPD data is shown to have declined in sales year over year and dropped from 466,000 PlayStation 3s sold in November 2007 to 378,000 systems a year later. The unusual dip is already being attributed to Sony's refusal to cut prices as well as the poor uptake of Blu-ray and few hot exclusive titles besides LittleBigPlanet.
In contrast, Microsoft's Xbox 360 climed from 777,000 units a year ago to 836,000 this November, helped both by across-the-board price drops as well as a healthier selection of single-platform games such as Fable II and Gears of War 2.