If there was ever any indication that Nintendo's Wii was not intended for you, the hardcore 103 inch plasma, 7.1 DTS Master HD surround sound theater system sporting gamer, November would prove to be it. Two years after release, disappointing press event after disappointing press event, Nintendo proves it doesn't need some AAA third party developers cranking out releases for it's white little gem. They don't need Gears of War 2, Metal Gear Solid 4, for fucks sake it doesn't even need a power supply. Most people I know haven't turned on their Wii for ages. However, Nintendo still managed to sell a mindblowing 2.04 million consoles in November alone. In the month of October it managed a sell through of more than 800,000 units, and that's only counting the Wii. DS sales were up at 1.5 million units. I have nothing against the Wii but it's quite obvious that "two Game Cubes duct taped together" can be one hot commodity.
Even with a next-gen system well below the asking price of this "new-gen" system, it still manages to outsell both Sony and Microsoft's consoles almost 2 to 1, month in, month out. Software sales are also...downright disturbing. Wii Play has been in the top ten of software sales every single month and occasionally even outsells AAA next-gen releases. I say disturbing because Nintendo surprisingly is allowing plenty of shovel ware to be developed for the console at an alarmingly high rate. I sold my Wii right after Super Paper Mario was released, great game by the way, and about 3 months or so before Metroid Prime hit the streets and I have yet to really find a reason to pick one up again. Undeniably, I eventually will, but with next year looking amazingly awesome with releases like Killzone 2, Street Fighter 4, Resident Evil 5, and lots of others, I don't see it happening any time soon.
Here are the NPDs for the month of November.
• Wii - 2,040,000
• Nintendo DS - 1,570,000
• Xbox 360 - 836,000
• PSP - 421,000
• PlayStation 3 - 378,000
• PlayStation 2 - 206,000
01. Gears of War 2 (Xbox 360) - 1.56 million
02. Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox 360) - 1.41 million
03. Wii Play (Wii) - 796,000
04. Wii Fit (Wii) - 697,000
05. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) - 637,000
06: Call of Duty: World at War (PS3) - 597,000
07. Guitar Hero World Tour (Wii) - 475,0000
08. Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360) - 410,000
09. Resistance 2 (PS3) - 385,000
10. Wii Music (Wii) - 297,000