According to VG Chartz, Nintendo's Wii console is now the most sold home console of its generation worldwide after passing out the Xbox 360. The site reports 10.57 million Wii units have been sold since the console launched in late 2006, just ahead of Microsoft's Xbox 360 which has sold 10.51 million since its launch a year earlier. Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) console sits at 4.32 million sales so far.
VG Chartz claims that its data is based on sample data from retailers all over the world. If accurate, there are many reasons why Nintendo's latest home console has defied analysts predictions from two years ago and taken a lead in the market. Firstly, Nintendo's strong support in Japan helps when you compare the sales figures of the Wii and the Xbox 360; 3.46 million and 430,000 respectively.
Also, the Wii has a broad audience among all age groups, demographics and countries. This is the first time that a company has been market leader in the home console and the handheld market since 1994 when Nintendo's Super NES and Gameboy dominated worldwide. Nintendo's DS handheld is a worldwide leader, with VG Chartz reporting 48.83 million sales compared to 22.84 million for PSP.