Nintendo Touts Holiday Sales Figures

By Chris Faylor, Jan 05, 2010 3:00pm PST Kicking off new year with self-congratulatory press release, Nintendo began today by listing off some of its accomplishments in 2009, such as its estimate that the Nintendo DS "set a new all-time calendar-year U.S. sales record for any console or hand-held."

The company further boasted that the Nintendo DS represents the "best selling videogame console" in European history with over 40 million sold across five years, with the Wii having sold just over 20 million in the territory across three years.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Wii Fit

Of those 20 million European Wii owners, just under half--9.6 million--own either Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus. And roughly a fourth, "around five million," bought Wii Sports Resort.

Back in the United States, Nintendo "estimates" that it sold over 3 million Wii during December 2009--December 2008 saw it set a record with 2.14 million Wii sold--with "estimates" on New Super Mario Bros. Wii suggesting the side-scrolling platformer has sold nearly 4 million in the U.S. and 2.5 million in Europe since its November release.

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  • I wish Nintendo appealed to me as much as they appeal to the family-fun market. Funny thing is if a Nintendo platform had the same releases as the PS3/360, I would probably buy it on a Nintendo platform. I love Nintendo but they are marketing toward a different crowd now but I just wish they would focus some more attention on attracting publishers to bring their big IPs.

    I think Nintendo has the mindset of letting MS/Sony capture the young-adult crowd with 3rd party blockbusters and they'll get the rest. Nintendo could really capture all the markets if they just open up a lil bit.