Wii Surpasses the Xbox 360, Becoming the New Console Leader

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It’s a proud day for Wii owners around the globe. According to the latest NPD sales figures, Nintendo’s critically acclaimed Wii has surpassed Microsoft’s Xbox 360 in sales. Of course, the amazing thing about this is the 360 had a one year head start over the Wii, but nothing can stop the Wii’s popularity. Soccer moms and six year olds scoop the gaming system up like they’re hot cakes. This didn’t come as a suprise, many people along with reggie, predicted that the Wii would pass the 360 in sales very soon. Hit the jump for some sales figures.

In the month of June the Wii managed to sell 666.7K. The PS3 came in second with 405.5K and the 360 struggled to keep up with 219.8K. On the Hand-held side The DS came in first, even over the Wii at 783K and the PSP managed to pull ahead of the 360 with 337.4K

The big number in PS3 has a lot to do with the recent release of Metal Gear Solid 4. A quote from the NPD Industry Analyst Anita Frazier explains, “Platform-exclusive content usually fuels hardware system purchases, and PS3 sales certainly reflect the impact of Metal Gear Solid 4,” said Frazier. “PS3 unit sales were the highest of any month outside of that recorded during previous November/December holiday timeframes.”

But the major news is the fact that the Wii overtook the 360 and I’m sure Mr. Iwata, Reggie, and the gang are jumping for joy right now while planning a new Zelda mini-game. Let’s see how things turn out. Discuss this article in the My Wii News forums.

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