The Financial Times
is today reporting that the Nintendo Wii has officially outsold the Xbox 360, making the Wii the best selling next-generation (current-generation?) console, with 9 million units sold.
Using sales figures from Enterbrain in Japan, NPD Group of the US and GfK of Germany, which tracks European sales, FT puts Xbox 360 sales at 8.9 million units and the PS3 at 3.7 million units.
There are a couple of things to remember while looking at these numbers. First, the Xbox 360 has been on the market a full year longer than the Wii, so outselling the Microsoft game machine, even by a mere 100,000 units, is both impressive and indicative of a strong Wii future. Second, there is still a very real Wii shortage that is expected to last through this holiday season. In the meantime, the Xbox 360 and PS3 are in full supply. This is why we pay attention to these "units sold" numbers and not the "units shipped" numbers that Sony likes to tout.
Congrats, Nintendo, for a job well done!
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