Happy Birthday to the next generation of video game consoles
Nintendo's Wii has just celebrated it's second birthday, with sales of it's family-friendly games still going through the roof. For those of you who haven't tried it yet, you'll find that their interactive games allow kids to be more active, and can be quite fun and invigorating for us parents as well. I have Wii Fit on my Christmas list, it replaces tons of bulky exercise equipment, and it actually works!
On Tuesday, their head honcho, Reggie Fils-Aime promised more to come, for the hardcore gamers. "Nintendo has always had a vision on community," he says. "The issue is that we define community differently than our competitors. ... Our consumers do want a sense of community, and we're going to deliver that - but in a way that is unique to Nintendo." So, while most CEOs are getting mighty nervous about the holiday season, Fils-Aime is quite relaxed about it.
The Wii, Nintendo's seventh-generation game console which competes with Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3 turns two years old on Wednesday November 19th.
Earlier this week, on Monday November 17th, the PS3 Sony also turned two years old and this Saturday November 22nd, the XBOX 360 turns three years old.
As of September 30th, 2008, the three video game consoles have combined to sell more than 70 million units worldwide since they first launched.
The Nintendo Wii claims almost half of those sales with more than 34.5 million units sold. Next up is the Microsoft Xbox 360 with 22 million units sold and finally the Sony PS3 with 16.8 million units sold.
Although the number of next generation video game consoles sold seems huge, the truth is they all have a long way to go to equal the top three game units of all time which have each sold over 100 million units.
The following lists the top fifteen selling video game consoles of all time and how many units they have sold worldwide. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Sony Playstation 2 - 140 million
- Nintendo Game Boy and Game Boy Colour - 118 million
- Sony Playstation - 102 million
- Nintendo DS - 84 million
- Nintendo Game Boy Advance - 81 million
- Nintendo Entertainment System - 62 million
- Super Nintendo Entertainment System - 49 million
- Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) - 41 million
- Nintendo Wii - 34.6 million
- Nintendo 64 - 33 million
- Atari 2600 - 30 million
- Sega Mega Drive/Genesis - 29 million
- Microsoft Xbox - 24 million
- Microsoft Xbox 360 - 22 million
- Nintendo GameCube - 21.7 million