Despite widespread shortages for both systems, more than half a million buyers snapped up the portable Nintendo DS, and the Wii was once again the top-selling new home video game console! Wii remains the fastest-selling new console in more than a decade, based on NPD sell-through information over the first five months of availability. So far this year, Nintendo has sold more video game systems than all other manufacturers combined. - source NPD Group.
"The message delivered by both Wii and Nintendo DS is the same one," says Reggie Fils-Aime, president, Nintendo of America. "Innovation is compelling both current gamers and new gamers to experience a new way to play. Nintendo is bringing gaming back to the masses."
With the first quarter of 2007 now over the Wii has sold over 1 million units in America and the DS stands just shy of 1.25 million units. Wait a minute, a portable game console that came out several years ago is number one??? Not only that but a new console that all of the big players in the video game world were telling us was old tech with gimmicky controllers is number two?
I see a dawning of a new age in the video game world. A world were fun games win out over shoot-em up games. A world where the whole family can sit down together and play video games as a family, not some world where a lonely kid sits in his room with a headset on playing FPS games with a bunch of other lonely kids the world over.
Nintendo may have changed their consoles name from Revolution to Wii but all I can say is that Wii are seeing a Revolution going on right now!