Nintendo Sold 800,000 Wiis Over the Thanksgiving Weekend

Most people were gunning for a video game console on Black Friday, and it looks like a large chunk of them were specifically going for a Wii. Nintendo prez, Satoru Iwata, has stated that his company sold 800,000 Wiis over the Thanksgiving weekend. That’s more than double the 350,000 that they sold during the same time frame last year. So what does Iwata attribute this growth to? Why, the economic crisis of course:

“When the economy is strong, people tend to buy three things from the top of their wish list,” he said in an interview with Reuters. “But when things are bad, people often buy only the first thing on their list – Fortunately for us a lot of shoppers put our products at the top of their list.”

He also reported that the DS sold about 20% better than last year too. Now I’m just waiting for Microsoft and Sony to fire back with their Thanksgiving sales figures.

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2 Comments on Nintendo Sold 800,000 Wiis Over the Thanksgiving Weekend


On December 9, 2008 at 6:52 am

That is a metric crap-ton of hardware to move in just three days. At $250 each Nintendo is swimming in money like Scrooge McDuck.

Speaking of which they need to release Duck Tales on the Virtual Console…I loved that game.

Go Marlins!!!!


On December 9, 2008 at 5:30 pm