Nintendo Co. last week disclosed to-date sales for the company's blockbuster Wii sales that total near Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360, a product that held a year head start. Nintendo reported sales of 13.2 million Wii units worldwide to date. The same week, Microsoft disclosed in a Q1 earnings report sales of 13.4 million Xbox 360 units worldwide.
In contrast, demand for Sony's PS3 has been lackluster due to high cost and average game library. The hardware sold 119,000 units in Sept. in the U.S., far below the Xbox 360 and Wii. The hardware has sold about five million units worldwide to date.
This holiday will be a crucial factor in which console will reign supreme this generation. Wii and Xbox 360 look to crash head-to-head while Sony may recoup lost sales with a new $399 40GB SKU. Take a seat, the video game wars are about to blow up.