Thursday, January 15, 2009

Wii in Europe outsells PS3 worldwide



Nintendo of Europe has published Wii and DS 2008 sales figures for the territory on their press server (press registration required). The numbers show that Nintendo sold more Wii units in Europe (14,2 million) than Sony sold PS3 units in the entire world (13 million).


In 2008, 8,3 million units of the home console were sold. This is an increase of 58 percent compared to 2007 and constitutes the highest yearly sales of a home console in Europe ever. This increases the number of Wii console in European households to more than 14,2 million.


According to Nintendo, the DS sold 11,2 million units in Europe - the highest sales of any console in Europe ever. Altogether, 31 million DS units have been sold in Europe.

So while Wii sales in Japan are reported to have dropped 20 percent in 2008, European sales for the same period were up almost 60 percent compared to the previous year.

Source: Nintendo of Europe (press registration required)

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

I HATE TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO BUT THATS EXACTLY WHAT I DID I TOLD EVERY SONY FAN SO.... BUT THEY GIGGLED PEOPLE GIGGLED AT THE WORLD BEING ROUND AND NOT FLAT ALSO,, THEY WERE ALSO PROVEN GIGGLING MOR FUKING ONS.....

APPARANTLY NINTENDO WAS GOING SOFTWARE ONLY

APPARANTLY PSP WOULD KILL GAMEBOY AND DS

APPARANTLY WII IS A GIMMIC AND FAD


APPARENTLY NINTENDO ARE A SMALL CAN NOT COMPETE COMPANY

APPARENTLY MICROSOFT HAVE A PLACE IN CONSOLE CULTURE HUH

REALITY EXACTLY WHAT NINTENDO FANS SAID WOULD HAPPEN HAS AND IS HAPPENING

BUT APPARENTLY NINTENDO FANS ARE JERKS AND NOT THE HIGHLY INTELLIGENT TRUE CORE GAMER THAT THEY REALLY ARE

WE FAN THE COMPANY THAT GAVE THE WORLD THE GAMES MACHINE AS WE KNOW IT


WE FAN THE COMPANY THAT GAVE US ANALOGS RUMBLESETC


WE DONT FAN A GLOBAL LIE FEST CALLED SONY OR MICROSOFT

AND FOR THE LAST TIME ONLY WII / DS ARE NEXT GEN

THE END

OH NOT YET THE END HD IS NOT GRAPHICS

THE END

Anonymous said...

ha ha ha,yes that atari lynx /gameboy/sega gamegear era single screen and d-pad design with a stupid disc drive was going to topple a truly next gen handheld. the Sony fans do have there mental health moments don't they.


why couldn't Sony fans see the disaster about to happen that was the ps3 release everyone else seen it coming i mean its like those plains hitting the twin towers we all looked up in disbelief at what sony were about to do


sony fans you are seriously looking silly at the moment why carnt you see that its like you got a giant black cock growing out your foreheads everyone else can see it but you

Sony fans just get with the global programme own a wii Jesus get with it

M. Ferreira said...

I can't say that I didn't expect this. The Wii has been an absolute beast in sales all over the world. However, I'm hoping that 2009 shows that developers realize that the Wii is a potential gold mine, as well. In 2008, we saw seen all manner of fantastic and innovative titles like de Blob, Order Up!, and No More Heroes hit to varying degrees of success (on that note, shame on those who didn't pick up Order Up! ~_^ You missed out on a fantastic game). However, it seems like any "core" game, any title aimed at the lifelong gamer, seemed to fall pretty flat in comparison due to a lack of advertising, a lack of budget, or both. It also doesn't help that sites like Kotaku and Joystiq tend to troll Wii games at every step (Dead Rising, anybody? The game's shown massive improvements through its development, but these people repeat the same, tired "needs more zombies, doesn't look as good. CRAP! BRING ON THE NEXT PS3/360 GAME!").

We're seeing a massive change in the market conditions, but something really needs to be done about the people that continue to stamp their feet and cry like children because they made the wrong bet in early-adoption, before publishers and developers treat Wii like a serious competitor.

Anyway, I've ranted long enough. :) Fantastic articles as usual, Falafelkid.

Anonymous said...

3rd partys are indeed foot stamping out of shear ignorance and lazyness to the ideas wii stands for AKA a blank canvas a fresh new imaginative start

Polov said...

Hello dude. Great article as always. I loved the articles looking bacl at 2008 and Looking forward to 2009. The Wii sure had a reat year sales wise and its future sure looks great, and this time with ab even better game cataloge!

I've seen what great articles you write and that you work hard to get the info for them, and most of all that you're always on the Wii side, just like me.

I wanted to ask if you could write an article about Resident Evil 5 and that Capcom should make a Wii version of it. I've watched lots of videos of the game and sure, those graphics can't be done on the Wii, BUT. The Wii sure can handle Resident Evil 4's graphics. Hell, its suposed to be twice as powerfull as the Game Cube so it should be able to handle an even better looking game.

Also, Resident Evil 4 Wii edition and RE: Umbrella Chronicles sold pretty well on the console, so, a RE 5 would do even better because is the next new RE game! not a spinoff or port.

I would like to ask you to write an article about why Capcom isnt planing to make this game on the Wii, or if Capcom is making a new RE game for the Wii running on an improved RE 4 engine or something like that.

My dream is that mabe Capcom is making a RE 5: Wii, but that it wont be about what Chris is doing, but instead, of what Leon S. Kenedy working on. I would really love that but well. Could you please write this article? or do you already know something????

Thanks and keep up the good work!

Pero_Detlic said...

undeserved sales. great, but jet undeserved. and again, I hope 2009 will be better. but nothing special on horizon jet

@polov- RE5 graphics aren't that great. they are very good, but nothing special. i really think RE5 could be scaled down for wii, just think it as RE4 1.6.

if RE5 would be played on standard tv... it wouldn't look that much better then RE4. better, but nothing special

capcom scaled down dead rising.. so who knows

Anonymous said...

I DONT SEE ANYTHING IN RES EVIL 5 THAT NEEDS SCALING DOWN... OTHER THAN ""NATIVE RESOLUTION"" AND OBVIOUSLY A CORRECT PORT OVER OF WII LIKE CODING.....

its basically res evil 4 hd - wiimote/nunchuck the enemy a.i and animations seem identical to res evil 4

Newark said...

Wah Wah....

The usual rants from Pero Detlic, who never looked forward to the Wii in the first place.

Undeserved sales? Have fun with your PlayStation 3 and its exclusivity gap.

Pero_Detlic said...

dude...

wii games have very very low scores... that's a fact. it's ranked even below PS2

i hope developers do justice for wii, that's all

so you go play your wii shovelware mini games

i still have way more fun with my SNES, N64 and GC

Newark said...

So games like Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Mario Galaxy have low scores and are mini-game shovelware?

Go suck on a sour lemon.

Newark said...

I apologize for double-posting, but it sounds like Pero Detlic has been getting his facts from Metacritic, and I know he'll make references to their Wii scores, so let me point that out.

As I aforementioned back in Falafelkid's report on the Wii games' score, Metacritic isn't always reliable and credible from the link I posted:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/
gamesblog/
2008/jan/17
/interviewtheartofmetacriti

As for the relatively high scores, the reason why 360 and PS3 games have higher scores is because they also have alot of Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network games nestled in with the rest of the full core games which inflates their score. Downloadable games on the 360 and PS3 are easy to make, churn out faster than the WiiWare thanks to their stable online service, and have scored very high in the Metacritic rating. Would you place a downloadable game like UNO with a core game like Gears of War 2? I don't think so. Metacritic is all about quantity, not necessarily quality. They will take and add any review, even from obviously biased sources like Nintendo Power, Official Xbox Magazine, and PlayStation Magazine, into the consensus.

As for the PS2 scores, of course it's higher than the Wii. The system is still alive for almost nine years and developers are still making games for it.

While the Wii may not do too good with Metacritic, their games have the highest ranking in Famitsu.

Pero_Detlic said...

jesus...

i'm not talking only about metacritics, its gamerankings too

about 2 month ago, i calculated average scores from ONLY 30 BEST RANKED games on gamerankings (without PSN and Wiiware etc)for wii, ps3, 360, ps2 and gc. wii scores were the worst

then, take a look at ign. wii has 15 games that scored "1.x", whole bunch of games scored "2.x" and 10 games scored "9.x"

now, let's see competiton-

360: score "1.x"= zero games, score "2.x"= 9 games, score "9.x"=20+ games (i didn't want to count)

ps3: "1.x"= zero games, "2.x"= 5 games, "9.x"= 20+

ps2: "1.x"= 4 (!!! FOUR in 7-8 years of life, wii already has 15!!!), "2.x"= whole bunch, like wii, but wii did it in 2 years "9.x"= long list, but not very important at the moment (since wii has next 2-4 years to come)

gc: "1.x"= zero games, "2.x"= 5 games, "9.x"= nice list, but not important


now you will say "ign sucks", but that's just your opinion. i'm sure the scores are mostly the same on other reviewers- gamrerankings scores proove that

it's a fact that wii needs better games, you silly fanboy

sure thing, MP3, galaxy and brawl are great games. but MP3 and galaxy were out in 2007 and brawl came to europe about 6 months ago. can you see my point? we have to wait months for nintendo to develop great game. my wii colects dust while i wait.

there are some good third party games, no doubt, but it's far from xbox360 and PS3 have to offer

Pero_Detlic said...

oh, and regarding mighty famitsu... yes, nintendo games do well on their scores, but take a look at famitsu top 50 games of 2008, falafel posted a link for the list in "looking back at 2008" article

so, famitsu top 50 of 2008- wii has 10 games, ps3 and xbox360 both have 13. there you go

Newark said...

Once again, you're going for quantity. You're only counting the amount of games that are on the "top 50" when that's not how it really works.

The value of the game in something like that is about where its placed amongst it. The Wii is still leading the pack no matter if it has 10-20 less than what the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 has. Also, I don't check IGN that much, but I heard they have gotten some flack for giving Assassin's Creed a lower score than most other review outlets. Besides, the quality of games can be fairly subjective... sure well agree that Big Riggs sucks, but not everyone will find a game that scores above 9.X to always be unanimous; take a look at Halo 2.

That said, you're right. The developers do need to reduce the shovelware for the Wii and take it seriously. Hopefully, these "undeserved" sales would light a candle to their prospects when it comes to developing for the Wii.

Pero_detlic said...

of course i'm going for quanity- i'm not happy with 2-3 great games per year and 50+ pure crap shovelware

look, i love wii, it has (had) great potential, wiiremote is great. but there aren't enough quality games for me. after playing full load of masterpieces on older nintendo consoles, wii play sports swinging mini games shit just don't work

only galaxy stands out. brawl is just an upgrade to melee, it even does not utilize motion sensing. mp3.. ah.. nice controls but hardly comparable to prime 1

wii has a lot of low quality games and few great-awesome games, that's well known fact, and numbers prove that- quantity or quality, it doesn't matter, neither speak in favor for wii

nintendo makes money, which is great.. but really, i don't give a shit. money just spoils them, there will be just more casual games

nintendo just... lost it.. i don't even know how to explain.

and what is nintendo's next "big" game? they are just too quiet

Newark said...

It seems you only look forward to games that score around the 9.0 or 90% range. Have you tried games like Medal of Honor: Heroes 2, No More Heroes, Order Up, Ghost Squad, Boom Blox, or any Wii game that has a reasonably good score?

I'm sure there are some games to look forward to in 2009 like The Conduit, Monster Hunter 3, and Madworld. Because if you're not looking forward to these games, then I don't what are you looking forward to. Nintendo will eventually leak some "big" titles in the future... but until then, the 360 and PS3 might be something you should spend some time with because it looks like you are awfully unhinged.

I know you know this, but Nintendo isn't going anywhere, so eventually they might give something you want or not. I don't think you should be all shaken up about it. I know you're disappointed, but so am I with Sony's PlayStation 3, and I used to be a huge PlayStation fanboy. With the Xbox 360 gobbling up its user base, I don't know if kicking and screaming is going to work.

Pero__detlic said...

well, 2009 does seem to be better for wii.

i don't like the hype about the conduit and it's graphics (because they are nothing special), but if game turns out to be fun with good controls, I'm definitely in.

and klonoa is kinda nice surprise

i really wonder what is keeping nintendo so silent. and some news about factor 5's future would be nice.

Wiis4less said...

I bet my friend that Nintendo Wii Consoles would out sell PS3. Such an easy bet to win, haha

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