Posted on August 25, 2007, Steve Wii Are The Champions
… My Frieeeeeend!
Stats? Wee! We all love stats don’t we? After all, don’t stats make games more fun?
If your line of thinking is just that, then the latest statistics from VG Chartz will have you believe the Wii is the most fun console on the market in years.
“Vgchartz.com data, which is based on sample data from retailers all over the world indicates that the week ending August 23rd Nintendo’s Wii (which was released one year after the Xbox 360 in November 2006), currently standing at 10.57 million consoles sold, passed Xbox 360 lifetime sales of 10.51 million units, making Nintendo the new market leader in both the home and handheld videogame console businesses.”
You see, VG Chartz takes pride in their statistical gathering. They claim their statistics are more accurate than the big three; accusing them of always including boxes sitting on the store shelves as part of their sales figures. Like…Duh!
“As weekly data from vgchartz.com shows(**), the console outsold Microsoftâ€™s Xbox 360 by a margin of 2.3 : 1 worldwide on average each week since its release, selling at an even faster rate than the most successful console ever created, Sony’s Playstation 2, despite still being sold out in most major markets.”
“Speed of lightning, roar of thunder. Fighting all who rob or plunder. Underdog! Underdog!”
“This is the first time that a company has been market leader in the home console and the handheld market since 1994 when Nintendoâ€™s Super NES and Gameboy dominated worldwide.”
OK. Sarcasm aside, this bit of news isn’t really all that surprising. We pretty much knew the Wii was selling strong due to its “flying off the shelf” factor earlier this year. But, do these statistics really mean anything to the consumer? Or is it just magnificent fanboy rocket fuel?
Regardless, I think it’s great to see Nintendo doing successful. It’s always fun to root for the underdog, no? But truth be told, all three major console makers are doing well right now. I think the important thing to draw from these statistics is that the console & gaming industry are kicking butt and taking names. I could care less who is beating who. As long as console sales are bringing more fun into more households, then it’s contributing to that one big statistic known as Win. Good times ahead…