Nintendo are just all smiles these days. One million of them, to be precise. That’s how many Wiis they’ve now sold in Australia, making it the fastest selling console to hit seven figures.
But the Wii wasn’t the best-selling hardware of 2008. Nope, that would be the Nintendo DS, selling over 800,000 units for the year, almost doubling its total install base.
Nintendo DS Claims Title of Best Selling Console 2008 and Wii Sells One Million
Australia, 22 January, 2009 – Nintendo announces that Nintendo DS® is the best selling console of 2008, making it the third consecutive year that Nintendo DS has achieved this status, whilst Wii™ has sold through one million* units in Australia.
Independent market research company GfK Retail and Technology Australia confirms that Nintendo DS continues to break records as it comes through for the third year in a row – 2006, 2007, 2008 – as best selling console, no easy feat considering the original Nintendo DS launched in 2005. Each year, sales of Nintendo DS continue to increase, and In 2008 Nintendo DS sold through more than 800,000 units, more than 212,000 of these were sold in December 2008 alone. Nintendo DS currently has an install base of more than 1.7 million units in Australia.
Also in news from Nintendo, 111 weeks since launch, Wii has reached the milestone of one million units, making it the fastest selling console to reach this milestone. Previously, the console that held this record was Nintendo DS, which sold through one million units in 152 weeks. In 2008, Wii sold through more than 685,000 units, with more than 191,000 sold in December 2008 alone.
From the list of the top 10 console games for 2008, eight out of the 10 are titles played on Wii or Nintendo DS – Wii Fit™ (1), Wii Play™ (2), Mario Kart™ Wii (3), Mario & Sonic At The Olympics Wii (4) Brain Training™ (7), Mario & Sonic At The Olympics Nintendo DS (8), Super Smash Bros.™ Brawl (9), and Big Beach Sports Wii (10).
Anyone can play Nintendo games, no matter what age or skill level, Nintendo offers something for everyone. From games the whole family can enjoy such as Wii Fit, Mario Kart Wii, Brain Training or favourites including Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Mario Galaxy™, Nintendo has games with broad appeal. Recent industry announcements have shown that family and social video games drove video game sales for 2008.