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It couldn't have happened to a nicer company

I had to log this so I could gloat. According to the article "Wii Beats the Xbox 360 in Total Worldwide Sales", the Wii has just edged out the XBox 360. And the XBox 360 has been out a full year longer than the "lowly" Wii. I know why, and it's more than just a dislike for Microsoft. I own a Wii and have since mid-January of this year. It was a late Christmas present from the family. What do I like about the Wii? It's cheap and it's fun. It's ultra compact compared to the 360 and the PS3 and it fits in unobtrusively and it's totally quiet. And it's fun. But to continue with the article:
An unofficial report from VG Chartz, a web portal that tracks the sales of game consoles, has suggested that Nintendo’s Wii has surpassed Microsoft’s Xbox 360 in terms of sales worldwide.

The latest statistics from the website said that Nintendo Wii stands first with 10.57 million consoles sold, followed by Xbox 360 lifetime sales of 10.51 million units. Now, Nintendo is the new market leader in both the home and handheld videogame console business. Nintendo Wii was officially launched a year later than the Xbox 360.

According to VG Chartz, the revealed figures are based on sample data from retailers worldwide, till 23rd August. The data shows that Wii went ahead in the race by an average margin of 2.3:1 each week.

To calculate the sales of the Wii, the site segregated the sales of the Nintendo Wii between three markets, namely Japan (3.46 million consoles), America (4.24 million consoles), Europe, Australia, and others (combined 2.87 million consoles).
I've been a gamer for decades, spanning all the way from the original Atari 2600 through the original Nintendo (I picked up at Fries in 1988 while on a business trip to Intel), through the Sega and Nintendo 64 and Play Stations 1 and 2 and on through PC games such as Quake 1, 2, 3, and 4, Doom, etc, etc, etc. I like computer games of all sorts. But something got lost along the way in the console wars. The price went way up and simple enjoyability went way down as both Microsoft and Sony chased after the so-called almighty and very small Über Geek Gamer demographic. That, and the impact on the wallet, which is certainly lighter with the Wii than the XBox 360 or the Play Station 3.

Well. Like I said, excuse me while I gloat. Like I've been gloating over Microsoft's mis-cues with its Zune and Vista roll out. In the mean time I'm going to fire up the Wii and relax.


  1. haha!! i love it when i hear that someone is doing something better than microsoft! haha!!


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