It's been almost 10 days since the Wii launched on November 19th, everyone's first indications are good and the launch has been deemed a success.
With Nintendo selling a Wii almost 1 per second since launch, Reggie proclaims "Including just first-party software and accessory sales, Wii instantly has become a $190 million business in the Americas.".
"Even with sales already in excess of 600,000 units, demand continues to exceed supply, as it's clear this is one of the ‘gotta-have' products for the holiday season," says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "We've shipped retailers several times the amount of hardware the other company was able to deliver for its launch around the same time - and we still sold out. Given the inclusive nature of Wii game play, we're seeing this new form of video gaming is already a huge hit with gamers and newcomers alike. It continues to be a phenomenal launch."
It comes as no surprise that Zelda is top of the pops when it comes to single game sales with 3/4 of gamers picking up the acclaimed Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
"Every Wii system includes the five-game Wii Sports™ software, which is the talk of the Internet, featuring countless reports on how previously devout non-gamers have suddenly been converted via the amazing new way games are experienced using the system's remarkable controller. At the same time, the masterful The Legend of Zelda®: Twilight Princess, a favorite of avid gamers, already has achieved sales of more than 454,000 units in the Americas, representing more than 75 percent of all hardware purchasers."
A great start for Nintendo's new console, but will sales keep up and pull the Wii away from the same fate as the Gamecube? Time will tell.
Wii is released in Japan on the 2nd of December, followed by Europe on the 8th of December.