Seven years ago, after the release of the Sony PlayStation 2 and the Microsoft Xbox, it seemed as though Nintendo, once a market leader, would never regain its No. 1 position. The GameCube , which sold a paltry 21.74 million units worldwide, had been a relative dud for the longtime gaming champion. However, undeterred by its third-place position, Nintendo had a plan for the next generation of gaming consoles.
Flash forward to 2008: Nintendo has sold some 32.64 million units of the Wii worldwide, according to video game sales tracking firm VG Chartz, giving it a 47.1 percent share of the video game hardware market.
The Xbox 360 , which had a one-year head start on the Wii and PlayStation3 (PS3) with its November 2005 release, trails by nearly 11 million units, with 21.01 million sold and a 30.3 percent market share. Sony and its PS3 console come in third, with sales of 15.62 million units, earning just 22.5 percent of the hardware segment.
Now, nearly two years after the Wii launched, the console appears to be the clear market leader.