Wii and DS dominated 2008 Sales

Nintendo announced this month that according to independent sales data released by the NPD Group, the Wii console reached 2008 unit sales of 10.17 million, and the Nintendo DS came in a close second, with 2008 unit sales of 9.95 million. Each of them broke the previous yearly unit sales record set in 2007 by Nintendo DS with sales of 8.52 million and the Wii is the first gaming console to ever reach the 10 million mark in a single year.

Not surprisingly, the Wii represented 55% of all home console sales in 2008, while the DS claimed 72% of all portable system sales in 2008.

Here’s some additional data released by NPD for 2008:

•The industry’s top 4 selling games of 2008 were: Wii Play at No. 1, Mario Kart Wii at No. 2, , Wii Fit at No.3, and Super Smash Brothers Brawl, at No. 4
•Industry annual revenues jumped 19% in 2008 over 2007, and Nintendo products were responsible for 99% of those additional retail dollars.
•Nintendo DS set another industry record for system sales in any month, with 3.04 million units sold in December.
•Wii broke its own monthly record, set in December 2007, by selling 2.14 million units last month.
•In December, Nintendo titles filled 20 of the top 30 spots on the best-seller list. Six games made for Nintendo systems placed in the top 10, including Wii Music for Wii (No. 9), which has now sold 865,000 units following its launch in October 2008, and Mario Kart DS for the Nintendo DS (No. 7), which has sold a total of 4.3 million units 38 months after launch.
•Activision’s Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and Guitar Hero World Tour, and MTV Games/EA’s* Rock Band Special Edition Bundle all sold more units on Nintendo platforms than any other platforms in 2008.
•More 3rd party units were sold for Wii than any other home consoles in December for the 2nd consecutive month.
•For the year, more than 132 million games were sold in America for play on Nintendo systems.

Recession? What recession?

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Comments

  • By allan mitz, February 14, 2009 @ 8:46 am

    true! very true! i’ve grown up with a sony playstation console beside me. It was terific.. but the new interface and surprising interactivity the wii offered simply gave up my favoritism towards sony’s prime console. I’m downloading more and more from different Wii downloads Sites and it’s so great to have one. I’m projecting that there will be an increase on wii’s sales this coming months. Chow!

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