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Nintendo responds to NPD data, finishes 2009 with multiple sales records

A holiday shopping frenzy helped both of Nintendo's video game systems make history: Nintendo's Wii home system sold more than 3.8 million units in December, a new all-time single-month U.S. sales record.

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Valay3019d ago

Wow, this is by far one of the best months Nintendo has had in recent memory.

SpoonyRedMage3019d ago

The PS2's record for best month was 2.7 million. The DS would have took the record if it wasn't for the astounding Wii numbers.

...they're still doomed though.

Saaking3019d ago

So much for just a fad ey? New Super Mario Bros. Wii is on par with the best games released this year. Awesome game.

Wiinsight3019d ago

The Wii outsells the PS3, 360, PS2, and PSP combined?!? Super Mario Bros Wii has outsold Modern Warfare 2 on 360 despite not being out as long?! Good news though, if you trade in that ps3 or 360, you can almost cover the cost of your new Wii.

I'm no geologist, but excuse me while I thrust in everybody's general direction.

eagle213019d ago (Edited 3019d ago )

NSMBW is great and wow...3.8 million sold. Mario is still king.

Gr813019d ago

That's all I got to say.

EvilTwin3019d ago (Edited 3019d ago )

Nintendo managed to UNDERshoot their estimate by over 800,000 consoles.
http://www.gamesindustry.bi...

800-frickin-thousand.

To get our heads around that, look at NPD from earlier this year. Here's July:
http://www.gamasutra.com/ph...

The three home consoles combined sold less than 600,000 total. Nintendo's guesstimate was off by more than a combined sales month.

I honestly thought they might've been too optimistic with that 3 million holiday prediction. But they almost moved an additional million.

...that's ridonkulous. I absolutely love my Wii, but I sure as heck didn't think a $50 price cut and NSMB would kickstart sales like that.

Gr813019d ago (Edited 3019d ago )

That is just sick numbers right here. I can already here the meltodwn happening with butt hurt fanboys, do you hear it? The choir is coming in strong now..."Well only soccermoms and grandma's buy it" "Real gamers buy..." I love the theater that goes on.

But I can't get over how they sold nearly 1m more than its competitors COMBINED! That's insane.

I don't want to hear any more bull $hit about Wii being doomed or all that other noise they sing because this is unprecedented success Nintendo is having.

Mini Mario3019d ago

"That is just sick numbers right here. I can already here the meltodwn happening with butt hurt fanboys, do you hear it? The choir is coming in strong now..."Well only soccermoms and grandma's buy it" "Real gamers buy..." I love the theater that goes on."

LOL yeh you would think after all this time they could find a different excuse this year. You know, to shake things up a bit.

EvilTwin3019d ago (Edited 3019d ago )

I just don't get the "well it's gotta be (fill in the blank) for why Wii sells."

Y'wanna know why Wii sold huge? NSMB.

'Cause NSMB did this:
http://www.geekologie.com/2...

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gamingisnotacrime3019d ago

Thanks for nothing. For the casual you may be the best, and Mario may bring back childhood memories, but other than that you have NOTHING for the core fanbase that bought your Wii and had nothing good on it besides Mario_______.
Nintendo has no business at E3, all they do is add peripheral after peripheral and a variation of Mario. Keep enjoying the past, i will keep playing games that push gaming FORWARD in 360 and PS3.

Hisiru3019d ago (Edited 3019d ago )

Sure...

Zelda Wii
Metroid 3 and Metroid Prime Trilogy
Metroid Other M
Mario Galaxy
Mario Galaxy 2
Smash Bros
Sin and Punishment 2
Fire Emblem Wii
Punch Out Wii
New Super Mario Bros.

And the list goes on.

The problem is the third party support, not Nintendo because Nintendo is doing what they always did for hardcore gamers but all you want to see is the "bad" side. Nintendo is supporting hardcores AND casuals, not just casuals and not just hardcores.

Fierce Musashi3019d ago (Edited 3019d ago )

Super Smash Brothers: Brawl, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Metroid Prime 3, Metroid Prime Trilogy (Collector's Game), Super Mario Galaxy (Currently the Highest Rated Exclucive Game This Generation), Fire Emblem: Radiant Daw, Punch-Out, Mario Kart Wii, Super Paper Mario, Zelda (Upcoming Wii title (U.W.T.)), New Super Mario Bros. Wii (U.W.T.), Metroid Other M (Team Ninja X Nintendo (U.W.T.), Sin and Punishment 2 (U.W.T.), Super Mario Galaxy 2 (U.W.T.), Monado (U.W.T.)

Wow, Look at all of that support from Nintendo to the core gamer.
Now here is a little homework: Compare all of core/hardcore titles you have just seen (which is not even all of them) to the "casual" titles like Wiisports, Fit, Music, etc.

All of this crap like shovleware and kiddy games is primarily 3rd party devs fault for being lazy with the console from the very start. Remeber, Nintendo wanted the Wii to be "Everyone's Console". Not "The Casuals and Kid's Console".

gamingisnotacrime3019d ago (Edited 3019d ago )

the 2 lists i just saw are not what i am looking for. Super Smash Bros, no thx. Mario this and that, nope. Zelda Gamecube for Wii... i got so bored with it, even Mario Galaxy got boring (for me at least).
I dont find the Wii as a real gaming option for the core gamers. If you like it so much then good for you.

Oh and Metroid, yeah nice Gamecube game with gimmick controls

asdr3wsfas3019d ago

"to each his own"

Then quit writing this trash in our section. Metroid is a gamecube game but GTA isn't a ps2 game with updated graphics or halo isn't an xbox game with better lighting huh?

"Oh and Metroid, yeah nice Gamecube game with gimmick controls"

Dual analog is trash for aiming and that's why "core" gamers need auto and sticky aiming. Real hardcore, keep playing on ezmode guys.

Fierce Musashi3019d ago (Edited 3019d ago )

After playing Uncharted ( which I own *facepalm* ) and downloading a few shooter titles via PSN I can tell you right now aiming with the WiiMote makes dual analog look like the gimmick.

Unless you speak for every core gamer, your opinion on those titles means nothing. But nevertheless, we have shown you titles other than just Mario that were core games and those were just Nintendo titles.

Gr813019d ago

The Wii section be polluted with posts like that one. I mean really, I NEVER frequent a PS3 or 360 section because I've no interest in those junior PC's. But I don't try and rain on the parade of those that do.

But no the Wii section has all sorts of creeps coming out the wood work to spin a negative out of a positive and vice versa. It is sometimes entertaining but mostly just sad.

Once a negative article or "news" bit pops up about Wii bet your candy asses that this place will be flooded by hundreds of useless comments and the scattered a few sensible people trying to fight the good fight by bringing logic into the equation.

Happy new year huh?

ZoidsRaven3019d ago (Edited 3019d ago )

Here is the worst part:

1. If you prove them wrong, they are just going to just preach the same crap on another Wii article. LMFAO, debating on N4G articles is like football. Lose one argument, start another one or change the game plan (game plan = subject).
2. If there is enough Wii haters on one article, we lose bubbles in our own facking section (WTF!?).
3. Anyone doing this on the PS3 section's gamer zone will be banned before they can refresh the page. Which brings me to my question: Who's modding the Wii section, STEVIE F*CKIN WONDER!? 7_7

Wii section on N4G = Joke

gamingisnotacrime3019d ago

"I can tell you right now aiming with the WiiMote makes dual analog look like the gimmick. "

lol
i know the analogs are not the best for shooters (mouse + KB are) but praising the wii controls is just hilarious. I tried CoD (the WW2 one) on the Wii and it was a gimmick, the same goes for Metroid. Now Wii owners can opt for the Wii Plus adapter, what a joke. Wii is aimed mainly at casuals and Nintendo Franchises fans, other than that 3rd party support is misserable, and Nintendo titles are a rehash from the past.
The Wii is a modified Gamecube, and by now the visuals, other than cartoony Mario titles, are pathetic.
Nintendo is printing money, and im glad i am not contributing to gaming stagnation

asdr3wsfas3019d ago (Edited 3019d ago )

"but praising the wii controls is just hilarious. I tried CoD (the WW2 one) on the Wii and it was a gimmick, the same goes for Metroid."

Then you suck at aiming them. I played FPS on pc since doom II and wiimote is almost as good. You have no hand-eye coordination but for those of us who do you sound like a moron. Just because you suck at video games doesn't mean we do.

ZoidsRaven3019d ago

Shooting with the Wiimote is a gimmick, but dual analog isn't? You know kid, in a war, you'd be the very first to go. I can see it already.

You: "I CAN'T AIM WITH THIS GIMMICK! WHERE'S MY DUAL ANALOG!?"

asdr3wsfas3019d ago (Edited 3019d ago )

"3. Anyone doing this on the PS3 section's gamer zone will be banned before they can refresh the page. Which brings me to my question: Who's modding the Wii section, STEVIE F*CKIN WONDER!? 7_7"

What if we posted blogs just to coordinate us leaving to a better forum as articles? Every time the wii population gets bigger here we can post again. It works for the jews.

You know odds are 20:1 viral marketing, gullible morons, and incompetent mods are ruining this site. The wii section in news for gamers seems to be entirely for people who don't own a wii.

Mini Mario3019d ago

"lol
i know the analogs are not the best for shooters (mouse + KB are) but praising the wii controls is just hilarious."

You really can tell the ones full of BS. How in the world can dual analog sticks be any comparison to a wii remote...your hand moves much more accurate then your thumbs. The dual analog will always get pawned. The only thing i think of is that you are aiming at the tv and not the sensor bar.

Alot of game critics early on said the twilight princess controls didnt work half the time. Mainly because the morons werent pointing it at the sensor bar. Which is your virtual area for your tv.

When it comes down to it you use the tv as a guide. The sensor bar is where you have to aim. But im sure you knew that.....

EvilTwin3019d ago

Oh, c'mon. A dual analog vs. IR/pointer thing had to start here, too? I will never understand those that prefer thumbsticks for aiming.

And bob already started on this, but it's worth mentioning...if your control scheme requires extensive "sticky aiming," or "aim assist," or "bullet curving," or "enlarged hit boxes," or any of the other euphemistic terms used for methods of making DA playable in FPS...how is that "hardcore"?

As for Metroid, the control scheme in Corruption is frickin' sublime. The more I go back and play Trilogy, the more I realize that despite all of the customization options in TCon and MWR...I kinda like Retro's scheme the best.

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Mahr3019d ago (Edited 3019d ago )

The following photo is of Nintendo executives at press time: http://img5.uploadhouse.com...

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