Posted on May 25, 2008, Chris Wii Claims Sales Record for Software Sold in First 18 Months
You might not have guessed it, but according to Nintendo, more software has been sold for the Wii in its first 18 months of availability than any other console — including the PlayStation 2.
In the Wii’s first 18 months, roughly 50 million games were sold, compared with the PS2′s 42 million, the Xbox 360′s 30 million, the Xbox’s 28 million, and 20 million for the PlayStation 3. That’s a pretty sizable margin for the Wii, and keep in mind that these figures do not include Virtual Console sales or Wii Sports, according to Kotaku.
Nintendo of America’s executive VP of sales and marketing, Cammie Dunaway, revealed the figures at this week’s Electronic Gaming Summit. She pointed out that Nintendo was unable to meet demand in any month since the system was released, and added, “While we appreciate the impact the PlayStation 2 had on sales and the industry, perhaps we are even more impactful.” Zing!
There’s no denying that the Wii has been extremely dominant since it was released. The main issue will be how much longer can Nintendo sustain this dominance. At this point, I don’t see any reason to believe the demand is ready to subside.
To be cynical for a moment, the one thing I can think of that detracts from this would be the absurd bundles that people have been forced into purchasing in order to simply get a Wii. I wonder how much of an impact that had on these numbers.