In advance of next week's December NPD results, Nintendo is calling the holiday season a huge success, with U.S. huge Wii sales numbers in December and the DS lineup setting a record for most consoles sold during a calendar year.
While the numbers aren't official until the NPD Group sings, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata proudly presented some impressive speculative numbers in Japan today. According to Iwata, North American Wii sales in December were in excess of 3 million units, which is a huge amount, especially when compared to the 200k or so that sold in Japan last month. A large percentage of those new Wii consoles were likely purchased along with the New Super Mario Bros. Wii, with U.S. lifetime sales of the title estimated at nearly 4 million.
Nintendo also estimates that the Nintendo DS had a better year than any console or handheld has in the history of video gaming, though they do include the DSi in those figures, which might be fudging things a little.
"The millions of people who bought Nintendo hardware during the holidays can look forward to enjoying great games on those systems now and in the future," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks for Nintendo DS, and Wii Fit Plus and New Super Mario Bros. Wii are all currently providing Nintendo fans with amazing experiences and fun adventures for the whole family."
Any of you folks count yourselves among those three million new Wii owners?