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Nintendo Doubly Outsold Everything Else Combined In US Last Month

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Wii alone stomped the might of Sony and Microsoft

We had already heard from Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata that the Japanese giant was looking at record December console sales figures this year in the US, but now we've got cold hard NPD sales numbers to see just how many Wiis and DS's were shifted.

Turns out that Iwata's "approaching 3M sold" Wii estimate earlier this month was conservative. Not only did the console chew up that milestone and spit it back out, it threatened to maul the 4 million mark as well by selling 3.81M consoles. The home console silver medal went to the PlayStation 3 with 1.36M units sold, followed closely by Microsoft's 1.31M Xbox 360 units. The PlayStation Portable moved 654.7K handhelds while the PlayStation 2 netted a respectable 333.2K sold as well.

Quick math tells us that the Wii outsold all of those combined by around 150K. Counting in the 3.31M sold of the various incarnations of the DS and that is one big Nintendo-flavored Pac chart.

Nintendo dominated the software sales chart as well, taking the top spot by moving 2.82M units of New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

1. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) – Nintendo – 2.82M
2. Wii Fit Plus (Wii) – Nintendo – 2.41M
3. Wii Sports Resort (Wii) – Nintendo – 1.79M
4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360) – Activision – 1.63M
5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Playstation 3) – Activision – 1.12M
6. Wii Play w/ Wii Remote (Wii) – Nintendo – 1.01M
7. Mario Kart Wii w/ Wheel (Wii) – Nintendo – 936.1K
8. Assassin's Creed II (Xbox 360) – Ubisoft – 783.1K
9. Left 4 Dead 2 (Xbox 360) – EA – 728.5K
10. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (DS) – Nintendo – 656.7K

It's pretty safe to say what people pick up alongside their new Wii.

It's important to note that software that is bundled with hardware isn't tracked on this chart, so sales of the Xbox 360 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 bundle are not included. It's possible that New Super Mario Bros. Wii outsold Modern Warfare 2's multiple platform sales, but without that data we can't say for sure.

And look at Mario Kart Wii go after all this time. Vroom indeed!

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User Comments (39)

brandonbwii

#1

brandonbwii said:

Great, now if only the sales of quality 3rd party software would reflect the sales of consoles a bit more.

Firkraag

#2

Firkraag said:

I'm not surprised the Wii would do well over the holidays. It's basically the family friendly machine where everyone in the family might be a potential target to get it as a gift, there's just a bigger market for it. What surprises me more is the PS3 outselling the 360, even after the massive 360 console bann-wave.

warioswoods

#3

warioswoods said:

The top 3 games on that chart are indeed the three that gave me the most joy over the past couple of months.

MasterGraveheart

#4

MasterGraveheart said:

This holiday season, we got variety.
This holiday season, they got guns, guns, and more guns.

What sounds more fun to you? That's right. The variety.

Mike1

#5

Mike1 said:

Where are all of the Sony execs talking trash about the Wii now?

The_Fox

#6

The_Fox said:

@Master Gravceheart
This holiday season the Wii got terrible multiplayer offerings.
This holiday season they recieved fantastic multiplayer offerings.
What sounds more fun?
See, I can make pointless statements, too.

#7

said:

@TheFox - Pfft! NMSBWii+Wii sports resort+Mario Kart wii is >>>>>>>>> than boring gray generic shooters for man-children

That just proves who is who is gaming entertainment. It will be funny to see the moronic game journalists ignore that and keep saying that Nintendo is dooooooooomed.

The_Fox

#8

The_Fox said:

NSMBW is a good single player game and a terrible multiplayer game. I was talking about games that came out around the holiday season, which means MKWii is out.
And Wii Sports Resort gets old quickly.

Machu

#9

Machu said:

@The Fox: I've hardly played NSMBW on my own yet, I'm still having too much fun in multiplayer, its hilarious and gets more challenging the more players you add. I'm not sure what you are on about. :/ don't shoot me ;P

As for the story, yay, Wii pwns! :D

The_Fox

#10

The_Fox said:

@Machu
I tried multiplayer NSMBW sober and drunk (which helps most multiplayer games) and my friends and I hated it.
And don't worry, I won't shoot you. I still haven't found a place to hide my paperboys body Errr.....I mean because that would be wrong.

warioswoods

#11

warioswoods said:

@The Fox

Disagree, but our tastes are clearly widely divergent. I had more fun with NSMBW than I've had playing multiplayer in a long time, perhaps since 4 Swords Adventures; and I played it with quite a variety of people over the holidays (non-gamer friends, hardcore-ish gamer friends, family, extended family, young nieces / nephews, etc). And Wii Sports Resort is still pure fun to me, particularly in various group settings; there's an event well-suited to just about every family member or friend, whether it's heated basketball matches against a brother-in-law, or wearing our arms out canoeing in teams with some of the older attendants joining in.

On the other hand, I have a couple friends who always try to get me to play MW2, and while I enjoy the nostalgia (reminds me of when I was in high school playing hours of Goldeneye with friends), I just don't find it very engaging, and am basically merely being a good sport so that we'll come back around to something I'll enjoy later.

In any case, there are certainly consumers like yourself, but the numbers indicate a whole lot more consumers whose tastes are more in line with my own. Different definitions of fun, but Nintendo's strategy is clearly rock-solid from a business perspective.

#12

said:

That just proves your narrowminded view of games. I have been played both games in both multi and single and they haven't gotten old at all.

In fact, my friends stopped bringing their xboxes because NSMBWii+MKWii+Wii sports is enough for a whole night of gaming.

JakobG

#13

JakobG said:

@5: You know that you have a good idea when people are copying it.
That's why Sony's making Motion Sensor-controllers.

Caliko

#14

Caliko said:

@ The Fox Quit hating dude, you haven't played this game with friends. I have yet to run into a single human being who says they've hated this. Multiplayer is the best thing to happen to Mario since jumping. We have a BLAST!!!

EdEN

#17

EdEN said:

Right now, New Super Mario Bros Wii has sold more worldwide than either version of MW2. So I guess Reggie won that bet worldwide and won it since it beat one SKU in the US.

JebbyDeringer

#19

JebbyDeringer said:

Not surprised seeing the PS3 outpace the Xbox 360 finally. If you look at best games of 2009 lists the top games for the PS3 are exclusives while the top games on the 360 also appeared on the PS3 as well.

The Wii sales are pretty amazing actually. The sales of NSMBW are excellent news because this means a sequel or at least similar throwback games will be a no brainer for Nintendo. That game is a lot of fun. I can see why some wouldn't like the multiplayer because it's actually more difficult and frustrating but it's a lot of fun. I actually don't mind the countless deaths in multiplayer and that's where having the ton of extra men come in handy. Mario Kart Wii is the best one yet so it's great to see the awesome sales for that too. I just hope Nintendo hires more people so they can release games a little more frequently to make up for the lack of turd parties.

angel_m_rivera_colla

#21

angel_m_rivera_colla said:

Great games I like:House of the Dead:Overkill,Mario Kart Wii,Resident Evil:Darkside Chronicles,Need for Speed:Nitro...etc.. What kind of gamer am I?

The_Fox

#22

The_Fox said:

@buffalo bob
That proves no such thing, despite your claims otherwise. I enjoy games on all three consoles and even the PC. Seems if someone doesn't share your tastes they have a narrow minded view. Interesting.

@Wario's Woods
I won't doubt the lure of WSR to the more casual gamer (god, I hate labels), but I need something meatier that packs strategy (MK Wii does a better job.

@Caliko
Thanks for letting me know what I haven't done. I was pretty sure only I would know that until now.

warioswoods

#23

warioswoods said:

@The Fox

Not sure that I agree with the general principle that games of the sort you're referring to are more strategic. They all too often just come down to (1) who has put in the most hours on the map, knowing all its best spots and vulnerabilities, (2) who has played enough to know all the relative advantages of the weapons, and (3) the rather basic skill of being able to aim and shoot a little faster than your opponent when, in the vast majority of kills, you both pretty much see each other at the same moment coming around the corner. There's less strategy than some would have you believe; it's more of a matter of who's the biggest MW2-dork present, ie. accumulated knowledge of the game rather than any semblance of strategic intellect.

On the other hand, games that are comprised of only a handful of rules and possible moves are often the most strategic, as they level the playing field from the outset for experienced and inexperienced players. Strategy is, in my mind, much more engrossing and intellectual when it is more about making a decision based on the situation and your evaluation of what your opponent is likely to do (and what you think they think you'll do, and so on), rather than a matter of who has more knowledge about the particular game or its components.

Quick case in point: basketball in WSR, against my brother-in-law. The games were tremendously intense and strategic, even though the game itself is childishly simple in terms of possible moves. It came down to split-second decision making based on how we expected our opponent to react: going for a steal can be a huge bonus if successful, but I also know that he will do a quick dribble into a seemingly vulnerable position but pass just as he knows I'm about to steal, so that he can then pass back to that same player with no coverage, as my man will be down. Then again, when he knows that I know that, he'll start using that moment of my hesitation to dribble right under the basket and go for a dunk, when I could have easily stolen if I'd guessed his motives correctly. The shooting / blocking game puts it on yet another level, with the elements of surprise, faking a shot, and even keeping cool under pressure, as you need a steady hand to make a quick 3-point shot immediately upon passing the ball. I know that he can't make that shot when he's under pressure and tries to rush it; and clock management can help me put him in that spot every time.

Anyhow, it's also a matter of the wider social gathering. If it's a big group, 2 people standing in the center and competing in a WSR event gets everyone in the room involved, with plenty of laughter and cheering-on. If you take any gathering of people and have a few sit down for MW2, they're just going into their own little world, trying to out-game-nerd each other. It just isn't something that appeals to me as much anymore; as I said, though, I used to enjoy FPS-action with friends, but that simply doesn't work for certain social groups and stages in life.

Spaceboy

#25

Spaceboy said:

warioswoods is absolutely right. I didn't think it needed such in-depth coverage, but good job. I've sat and played NSMBW with my sister, my cousins, my friends, my girlfriend, complete strangers, and fat people I don't like very much at parties - and I've had a unique and exciting experience with each of them. It is without a doubt the most video game fun I've had since Brawl. You just can't match the ecstatic level of enthusiasm playing with friends in the same room with a bowl of chips and soda brings. Not with MW2.

Klapaucius

#26

Klapaucius said:

I can't find in that report how much the DS sold. Does anyone know? PSP is listed there, but no DS.
...Sorry if I'm being dumb and just missing it.

warioswoods

#27

warioswoods said:

Look to the next paragraph. "Counting in the 3.31M sold of the various incarnations of the DS . . . "

TKOWL

#29

TKOWL said:

New Super Mario Bros. Wii is at the top of the sales list. The world is now in perfect harmony.

BlueFlameBat

#31

BlueFlameBat said:

If only...
(Is distracted by Firkraag's user icon)
Is that Cammy?
Anyway, it would be nice if some third-party games sold as well. I hope the rumor that Nintendo actually turns you down if your game is too good is false. Either way, it's no wonder serious developers are reluctant to make serious video games for Wii that aren't ports of PS2 and PSP games.

JimLad

#34

JimLad said:

The first thing I noticed was that the other 4 games on that list are 15+ and 18+ rated, not sure what to take from that but it's interesting none the less.

I'm glad to see Nintendo at the top even if it's not because of Zelda or Metroid or Smash Bros.
Partly because I'm a fanboy, but partly because it means living room social gaming is winning over the reclusive online & hardcore players that were beginning to define this industry.
These games appeal to more people, so it's a no brainer really.

Starwolf_UK

#35

Starwolf_UK said:

I'm amazed at the contrast between Bowsers Insider Story in North America and it in Europe. In Europe it just isn't selling at all. I wonder if NOE will give a second marketing push (NOA gave Professor Layton a second marketing push after it became clear the game sold really well in Europe).

Nintendude92

#37

Nintendude92 said:

Right when they had the slightest hint of losing sales, Mario dominates the sales.

Well played Nintendo!

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