In one week, Nintendo Wii outsells year’s worth of Microsoft Xbox 360 units in Japan

“The Wii has sold more consoles in one week than Microsoft has done in 56 weeks,” Byron Hinson reports for

Partial list:
Console Name – Weekly Units Sold (All-time Units Sold)

Nintendo Wii – 350,358 (350,358)
PlayStation 3 – 31,436 (187,836)
Xbox 360 – 4,053 (178,069)

Full article here.

In related news, “Nintendo’s Wii has become the UK’s fastest-selling home console ever, with more than 100,000 units shifted during opening weekend,” Ellie Gibson reports for

“Nintendo and Chart Track have confirmed to that the Wii has become the fastest-selling home console ever, with 105,000 systems already sold,” Gibson reports. “Last week, Nintendo announced that consumers snapped up 50,000 Wii units within 12 hours of the console going on sale. The tills continued to ring over the next two days, making the Wii the first console to sell more than 100,000 units during its opening weekend.”

Full article here.
Not Apple-related, but may be interesting to some MDN readers. We’re following the story of Nintendo’s Wii for pretty obvious reasons.

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Nintendo beefs up Wiimote’s strap after controllers go flying – December 08, 2006
Ars Technica review: Nintendo Wii – November 28, 2006
Nintendo sells over 600,000 Wii consoles at launch – November 20, 2006
PC Magazine Editor’s Choice: Nintendo Wii is ‘fun, engaging, wildly innovative’ – November 14, 2006
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Nintendo’s Wii on Toys ‘R’ Us hot holiday list – September 26, 2006
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IBM ships first microchips for Nintendo Wii – September 10, 2006
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Nintendo’s Wii steals show at Electronic Entertainment Expo – May 12, 2006


  1. How come Microsoft said last week that the xbox 360 was selling “like hotcakes” in Japan? When I read that I was extremely doubtful, since the 360 is huge with a power supply as big as my hyundai, so I couldn’t believe the Japanese, who are obsessed with small gadgets that conserve space, would welcome that beast into their drawer homes.

  2. Besides the obvious point that Jooop made about the physical size of the XBox 360 and it’s componants, I can’t help but feel there’s some “home grown” mentality at play here..

    Both Sony and Ninendo are Japanese companies, where Microsoft is US, and I’d be willing to bet even if XBox was smaller, lighter and had better games it might get a lukewarm reaction for that reason alone.

  3. The Wii is obviously going to be huge. It’ll probably put Nintendo right back on top again. This proves that however bad the name is, if the product is good enough, it’ll sell.

    The same thing, of course, is happening to Apple. It’ll take a little longer, but I believe that in 2007 the snowball effect of Apple’s sales, which has already started, will gather even more momentum.
    Particularly after the disappointment which will inevitably follow Vista’s introduction to the home market.

  4. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines – AGAIN:

    “The “pretty obvious reasons” for which MDN is “following the story of Nintendo’s Wii” are not so obvious to me. I can think of several reasons…”

    Uh, nevermind.

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