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Nintendo of America Releases Details of November NPD

by Brendan Gallagher - December 7, 2006, 7:37 pm PST
Total comments: 32 Source: Nintendo

Wii sells "nearly" half-a-million; DS "almost" a million. New Zelda game sells to "nearly" 9 in 10 Wii buyers. CORRECTED.

UPDATE: The following day, Nintendo corrected this press release by deleting one sentence. We have struck through it but left in the text so you can compare the original and corrected versions.

Wii-MARKABLE! November Sales Show Nintendo Hardware Systems Outsell All Others Combined

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- For video gamers, it was the month that was -- November 2006, the first time all three new home systems would be available to consumers, along with three established portable game devices.

It was a month that belonged to Nintendo.

According to independent sales data from the NPD Group, Nintendo sold 55 percent of all video game systems in November, led by the launch of the Wii(TM) home system and the incredible continuing success of the Nintendo DS(TM) portable.

In only the first seven days of availability after its Nov. 19 launch, Wii sold nearly half a million systems in the United States alone (as reported previously by Nintendo, total sales of Wii in the Americas reached 600,000 in its first eight days of availability). Despite spot shortages in some locations, well more than a million Wii systems will be available in the United States by the end of the year.

While Wii sold through at a rate of more than 70,000 a day for the seven days represented in the data (substantially higher than any other game device), November's two top sellers of any type were the Nintendo DS, at almost 920,000 units, and Game Boy® Advance, with nearly 642,000 portables sold. With Wii and Nintendo GameCube(TM) totals included, Nintendo sold through more than 2.1 million of the 3.9 million systems purchased for the month.

The data also reveals that the Wii title The Legend of Zelda®: Twilight Princess achieved sales of 412,000, representing 87 percent of all Wii purchasers, the highest industry rate of sale for any launch title since introduction of Super Mario® 64 with the Nintendo® 64 a decade ago.

In addition, despite the inclusion of Wii Sports software with every system sale, Wii buyers also purchased an average of two additional games, compared to approximately one game per system for the installed bases of either competing new home system.

Talkback

Viewtiful marioDecember 07, 2006

looks like Reggie was right, the GBA has had at least one final holiday seson.

How did it's numbers compare the the PS3's

Athrun ZalaDecember 07, 2006

apparently the PS3 sold about 200K units

and mind you that these are US only numbers, so maybe it got a bit ahead of 200K face-icon-small-tongue.gif

Nick DiMolaNick DiMola, Staff AlumnusDecember 07, 2006

Wow, Nintendo rocked the balls off of November.

Dirk TemporoDecember 07, 2006

IT PRINTS MONEY!

SvevanEvan Burchfield, Staff AlumnusDecember 07, 2006

LOL at 1 million Wiis available in US by year's end - that's 3 million less than promised. I'm beginning to feel less bad about talking down pre-ordering, there WAS a shortage and there was no way to see it coming based on Nintendo's optimism.

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Originally posted by: Svevan
LOL at 1 million Wiis available in US by year's end - that's 3 million less than promised. I'm beginning to feel less bad about talking down pre-ordering, there WAS a shortage and there was no way to see it coming based on Nintendo's optimism.


*cough*
Worldwide.
*cough*

You have to wonder... Japan got about as many at launch as the U.S. did, and how many will make it to Europe?

~Carmine M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

Blue PlantDecember 07, 2006

And wasn't that 3 million more supposed to be by the end of their fiscal year in March?

No, by the end of the fiscal year in March, Nintendo said 6 million worldwide.

~Carmine M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

Blue PlantDecember 07, 2006

Well, they're on their way. :D

BlackNMild2k1December 07, 2006

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Originally posted by: Dirk Temporo
IT PRINTS MONEY!

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sorry, had to do it face-icon-small-smile.gif

KDR_11kDecember 07, 2006

You have to wonder... Japan got about as many at launch as the U.S. did, and how many will make it to Europe?

A local retail worker said "There's so few of them for all of Europe I have no idea what Nintendo is thinking".

kings xDecember 08, 2006

I'm sure quite a bit of those zelda copies are people like myself, that have no Wii available. I have Zelda, SD card, new tv, new surround system, Wii component cables, and there are no systems in any stores around here, and the online bundles are still stupid and still out of stock anyway.

I am sure there are many people in the same boat as me, and who wouldn't buy Zelda when they have the chance when we all thought Nintendo gamers would have the system by now. I only know one person with Wii -he works at EB.

couchmonkeyDecember 08, 2006

What I don't get is why the shortages? I mean, sure Nintendo might have been too optimistic, but it seems like they've been producing these things for a long time and in huge quantities, and the technology isn't exactly leading-edge.

It looks like Nintendo will fail to get the 4 million out this year if it's not even sure about 1 million in N.A. Hopefully we'll see at least 3 million, because this is a golden opportunity for Nintendo.

CalibanDecember 08, 2006

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Originally posted by: Svevan
LOL at 1 million Wiis available in US by year's end - that's 3 million less than promised. I'm beginning to feel less bad about talking down pre-ordering, there WAS a shortage and there was no way to see it coming based on Nintendo's optimism.


They promised 4 million WORLDWIDE, get this in your heads people, WORLDWIDE.

BlackNMild2k1, you should somehow also put Miyamoto in that animation.

Please note that the press release has been corrected. See the sentence with strike-through.

kings xDecember 08, 2006

I wonder if the update that was causing problems on lots of the launch Wii caused them to hold back systems. Also the strap issue will proably cause further delay while they replace the new systems with a better strap. At this rate, probably by spring I'll be able to walk in a store and only have to stand in line for 10 hours or so to get one. I've never tried so hard to give a company my hard earned dollars before.

CalibanDecember 08, 2006

Maybe they want to spread out the Wiis into the other territories, and perhaps that's why they changed their press report, or maybe they will only have close to 1 million by the end of year, so what, we know that they were hyping it when Reggie/Kaplan(sp?) announced the 4M units worldwide.

I think 1.75 million for NA, 1M for Europe, and 1.25M for Japan by December 31st. Ok even if they don't reach the targeted 4 million units worldwide by the end of the year, so what, they're sold out, which is a a good and bad thing in itself.

JonLeungDecember 08, 2006

The woman in my office who I convinced to get a Wii for her husband is still not having any luck. Each day that new shipments come into Future Shop or Best Buy, she says there are lines multiple times longer than the size of that week's shipments already there.

So imagine how many more they'd sell if more were made available.

Maybe Nintendo's holding some back so they can continue to have strong sales for multiple months in a row instead of just the launch window.

KDR_11kDecember 08, 2006

I don't really care much about the restocking anymore, what I'd like to know is the release schedule for good games. Since I'm getting TP for the GC that doesn't leave any interesting launch games.

BlackNMild2k1December 08, 2006

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Originally posted by: Caliban
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Originally posted by: Svevan
LOL at 1 million Wiis available in US by year's end - that's 3 million less than promised. I'm beginning to feel less bad about talking down pre-ordering, there WAS a shortage and there was no way to see it coming based on Nintendo's optimism.


They promised 4 million WORLDWIDE, get this in your heads people, WORLDWIDE.

But I thought they also said 2 million in N.A. by years end 4 million world wide, 6 million WW by March

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BlackNMild2k1, you should somehow also put Miyamoto in that animation.
I wish I was talented enough to make animated gif/jpgs or whatever. I didn't make it, but you can feel free to improve upon it however you like.

CericDecember 08, 2006

I be very surprised if Nintendo doesn't break 1 million this year in North America. I'm sure they are trying to get Wiis out as fast as possible. Because lets face it in a good amount of areas every shipment is like launch day.

couchmonkeyDecember 08, 2006

I took the striken sentence to mean that they aren't sure if they'll meet the one million target. I suppose it could also be a case of not wanting to admit that there are shortages.

bananaboyDecember 08, 2006

Well these numbers only include America not NORTH America. Us canadians but lots of Wii's too face-icon-small-happy.gif So just remember those numbers are just for the States and the original allocation was promised for North America. Oh and the 4 million was worldwide not north america.

NinGurl69 *hugglesDecember 08, 2006

1 million can't be "available" if 600,000 are ALREADY SOLD.

"Available" is a poor word to use. "were made availabe" is closer to truth, cuz i sure as hell don't see systems in stock anymore.

MaximilianDecember 08, 2006

It's interesting they're backing down on the reported number of Wiis available. Weirdsville. I hadn't heard anything about the strap issue till last weekend, so that may be one reason.

There's no denying that the Wii is hot this holiday. Everyone I've shown it to has become a convert and many of them now want a system of their own. Unfortunately, I've heard numerous times that people aren't able to find one, no matter where they go or how hard they try.

At least people aren't getting killed over Wiis

KlapauciusDecember 08, 2006


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The data also reveals that the Wii title The Legend of Zelda®: Twilight Princess achieved sales of 412,000, representing 87 percent of all Wii purchasers, the highest industry rate of sale for any launch title since introduction of Super Mario® 64 with the Nintendo® 64 a decade ago.


Once again Nintendo breaks its own records and still remains number one. Kinda like beating your personal best when that just happens to be the World Record...

PryopizmStan Ferguson, Staff AlumnusDecember 08, 2006

Guess they won't make the 4 million World Wide mark.

KlapauciusDecember 09, 2006

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Originally posted by: Maximilian
It's interesting they're backing down on the reported number of Wiis available. Weirdsville. I hadn't heard anything about the strap issue till last weekend, so that may be one reason.

There's no denying that the Wii is hot this holiday. Everyone I've shown it to has become a convert and many of them now want a system of their own. Unfortunately, I've heard numerous times that people aren't able to find one, no matter where they go or how hard they try.

At least people aren't getting killed over Wiis


Well that's because Wiis aren't worth as much. :P
(money-wise I mean, Wiis are much cheaper)
Not to mention none around to get all shooty over.

GoldenPhoenixDecember 09, 2006

Well if you are paying attention to ebay prices, Wiis are starting to overtake the PS3 in profits. On a Wii you can usually get 200$ profit, now you are lucky to get that much with the PS3.

IceColdDecember 09, 2006

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The woman in my office who I convinced to get a Wii for her husband is still not having any luck. Each day that new shipments come into Future Shop or Best Buy, she says there are lines multiple times longer than the size of that week's shipments already there
I'm in the same boat - I've been calling around everywhere, and the one day that many stores get sizeable shipments, I don't call and it gets sold out again..

Tuxedo.BondDecember 10, 2006

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Originally posted by: Svevan
LOL at 1 million Wiis available in US by year's end - that's 3 million less than promised. I'm beginning to feel less bad about talking down pre-ordering, there WAS a shortage and there was no way to see it coming based on Nintendo's optimism.




So you are telling us you actually believed the PR Nintendo was feeding down your throat?

How dumb are you anyway?

JUST KIDDING.

Kinda...

<_< >_> -_-

vuduDecember 11, 2006

The best part is Evan's title is PR Coordinator. face-icon-small-happy.gif

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