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US Sales | Nintendo's Zelda cracks million on Wii & GC

Post by kai666 » Saturday, 13 Jan 2007, 0:44

US Sales | Nintendo's Zelda cracks million on Wii & GameCube

The latest sales information from tracker NPD have been released and show exactly how well Nintendo's DS and Wii have done in the face of strong competition. For the month of December, sales overall were actually up 28% and Nintendo's Wii managed to crack the million mark before the PlayStation 3. However, it was the DS that reigned supreme, selling around 1.6 million in comparison to the PS2's 1.4 million and XBOX 360's 1.1 million. It would appear that the current generation is far from over, especially with even the humble GBA reaching just over 850,000 sales! Check out the hardware chart below:

Hardware Chart - December, 2006 | Lifetime Sales

1.) Nintendo DS - 1,600,000 | 9,200,000
2.) PlayStation 2 - 1,400,000 | 37,100,000
3.) Xbox 360 - 1,100,000 | 4,500,000
4.) PlayStation Portable - 953,200 | 6,700,000
5.) Game Boy Advance - 850,700 | 35,100,000
6.) Wii - 604,200 | 1,100,000
7.) PlayStation 3 - 490,700 | 687,300

As for software, Gears of War continues its strong sales around the world, claiming No.1 in the US again, whilst Guitar Hero 2 proves to be a much better bet than its predecessor, keeping Madden NFL 07 on PS2 down at No.3. It is a very impressive month for Nintendo, though, as both Zelda on the GameCube and Wii crack the half million mark, whilst New Super Mario Bros. clings on at No.7 and Yoshi's Island makes a deserved impact at No.9 with just over 400,000 sales. The full Top 10 can be seen below, as well as the 2006 Overall Top 10 and Accessory Top 10...

Top 10 Software - December, 2006

1.) Gears of War (360, Microsoft) - 815,700
2.) Guitar Hero 2 (PS2, Activision) - 805,200
3.) Madden NFL 07 (PS2, Electronic Arts) - 737,100
4.) The Legend Zelda: Twilight Princess (GC, Nintendo) - 532,900
5.) The Legend Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii, Nintendo) - 519,200
6.) WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2007 (PS2, THQ) - 484,500
7.) New Super Mario Bros. (NDS, Nintendo) - 427,500
8.) Call of Duty 3 (360, Activision) - 410,800
9.) Yoshi's Island DS (NDS, Nintendo) - 407,200
10.) Call of Duty 3 (PS2, Activision) - 365,300

Top 10 Software - Entire of 2006

1.) Madden NFL 07 (PS2, Electronic Arts) - 2,800,000
2.) New Super Mario Bros. (NDS, Nintendo) - 2,000,000
3.) Gears of War (360, Microsoft) - 1,800,000
4.) Kingdom Hearts II (PS2, Square Enix) - 1,700,000
5.) Guitar Hero 2 (PS2, Activision) - 1,300,000
6.) Final Fantasy XII (PS2, Square Enix) - 1,300,000
7.) Brain Age: Train Your Brain (NDS, Nintendo) - 1,100,000
8.) Madden NFL 07 (360, Electronic Arts) - 1,100,000
9.) Tom Clancy's GRAW (360, Ubisoft) - 1,000,000
10.) NCAA Football 07 (PS2, Electronic Arts) - 1,000,000

Top 10 Accessories - December, 2006

1.) Wireless Controller (360) - 823,800
2.) Remote Controller (Wii) - 646,700
3.) Nunchuk Controller (Wii) - 497,100
4.) 8MB Memory Card (PS2) - 474,800
5.) Sixaxis Wireless Controller (PS3) - 336,000
6.) Memory Card 8MB (PS2) - 286,000
7.) Dual Shock 2 Controller (PS2/PS) - 263,400
8.) Blue Dual Shock 2 Controller (PS2/PS) - 245,200
9.) Play & Charge Kit (360) - 224,600
10.) Cordless Action Controller (PS2) - 219,900

Nintendo has also officially gone on record with a Press Release due to the outstanding success of the Wii and DS. Check it out below:

There has never been anything like it. Independent U.S. sales figures released by the NPD Group today confirmed a red-hot launch for the new Wii system by Nintendo, and the crowning of the portable Nintendo DS as the best-selling video game device of any type for both the holidays and all of 2006.

Along with stunning success for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and historic sales of accessories, including more than 1.5 million extra controllers for Wii alone, Nintendo recorded the most successful across-the-board holiday performance in U.S. video game history.

Among key results:

Consumers purchased every Wii console available at retail—more than a million in just the 44 days between U.S. launch and year end.

With sales of another 1.6 million systems in December alone, Nintendo DS achieved full year sell-through of 5.3 million.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was purchased by an extraordinary 86 percent of Wii buyers, or more than 900,000 games for that system alone. Coupled with the companion version released in December for Nintendo GameCube, the two versions of the newest Zelda title totalled approximately 1.5 million unit sales in less than seven weeks, which would represent one of the five best-selling games for the entire year.

Wii owners also purchased an average of three additional games from a wide library of choices, in addition to the Wii Sports title packed in with every hardware system.

Two Nintendo DS titles, New Super Mario Bros. and Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day, also were top-10 sellers for the year.

Throughout the November/December holiday shopping period, Nintendo accounted for more than half of all video game hardware systems sold in America.

Earlier this week, Nintendo increased its projected worldwide financial performance for the year ending on March 31 to be the best in company history.

“Millions of players, both hard-core and brand-new, are already enjoying the unique entertainment provided by Wii, but demand for the system remains incredibly high,” says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “So our work is just beginning. We’re dedicating ourselves to maximizing both manufacturing and distribution full bore throughout 2007, to make sure everyone who wants to experience the future of video gaming can do so just as soon as possible.”

The momentum behind Wii will continue unabated through the early weeks of 2007, with retail debuts of WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Wii Play and Mario Party 8 from Nintendo; a host of third-party releases; and a steady stream of classic games made available via download with the Wii Shop Channel.

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By Adam Riley (jesusraz)
12.01.2007 12:13


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