In little over a month, the Nintendo Wii has sold over 3.19 million units worldwide, according to VG Charts.org. For any console, that is a fantastic number, and Nintendo is deservedly riding on clouds lined with freshly printed Benjamins right now.
But how could this have happened? I mean, Nintendo is supposed to be dead last in the home console market, right? How can a company become so popular after being the most underrated console maker in the last generation? Am I taking crazy pills or something?
I guess the Wii really is all that and a bag of potato chips. We have reports that moms and sisters have been getting into the action, and people are getting so excited that they’re shattering their TV’s to show how excited they are.
One cannot argue that the Wii isn’t a great time, but you have to be amazed at how fast the thing is selling. Stores get a shipment in, and they’re all gone within a matter of minutes.To put this in perspective, the Xbox 360 has sold 7.74 million consoles in little over a year. If you do the math, the Wii has accumulated 40% of that, but in only one month. Global phenom, anyone?
There are still some naysayers out there stating that the Wii is only doing a good job because the PS3 has had horrible supply issues, making people opt for a Wii instead. As of now though, many PS3’s are patiently waiting to be purchased in many stores around the country.
But how could that have happened? How did the most popular console ever turn into the least popular one? I mean, it’s Sony, the video game behemoth.
I’ll put on my financial forecaster helmet and say price is the biggest factor. Even though the games aren’t that great, most people have to actually play them to see if they do suck or not. What’s stopping them from doing that is the $600 hurdle that they have to overcome. And I don’t see as many people as Sony had hoped doing that. There’s no way in Hell I’m gonna pay $600 for a video game system, and I am as hardcore as they come.
So, is Nintendo merely at the right place at the right time, or does the Wii have what it takes to storm the beaches of video game history?