It has finally come to pass.
Back in the days of the N64 and GameCube, if you said to some one that Nintendo would once again be back on top, you would be laughed at. If you said it on a gaming forum, you would be laughed at and either given some ridiculous forum title, or be banned.
Well, the impossible has come to pass according to the Japanese financial publication, Financial Times. This publication has collected the sales data of every major region, collected by Enterbrain in Japan, NPD Group in the United States, and GfK in Europe respectively. The report issued by the Financial Times states that to date, there have been 9 million Wiis, 8.9 million Xbox360s, and 3.7 million PS3s sold worldwide. This marks the first time in almost two decades that Nintendo has climbed to the top of the worldwide video game market.
One analyst attributed the quick sales of the Wii to it selling strong in all three major regions, compared to the Xbox 360, which only sells strong in 2 major regions, despite the full year's head start it had on Nintendo's console.
The combined success of the DS and Wii has allowed Nintendo to skyrocket past Sony and embed itself deep within the list of top 10 most valuable companies. Furthermore, the success is likely to continue as the Wii has the highest purchase intent among consumers, which is according to a report released by BrandIntel.