Wii Sales Take Serious Year-on-Year Fall

Systems and software both tumble

While 3DS is in the ascendancy, Wii's certainly showing its age now, with sales for the year down 35% on the previous year.

Globally, Nintendo sold 5.61 million Wii consoles in the months of October to December, taking the system's total financial year sales to 8.96m. At the same point in the previous financial year, Wii had sold 13.72m consoles around the world, a year-on-year decline of around 35%.

While the Christmas period was typically busy for Wii games -- the Americas bought 28.21m of the things -- financial year to date sales of Wii software stand at 89.07m, a near 40% dip on the previous year. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword may have performed well in some territories, but the console lacked big releases throughout the year, something we're all keenly aware of.

Total life-to-date Wii sales stand at 94.97m hardware units and 805.16m software sales.