Wii reaches 5 million units threshold in Japan

Tuesday 22nd January 2008, 04:02:00 PM, written by Stefan Salzl

According to Japan-based Enterbrain Nintendo's current home console Wii has - as of January 20 - sold more than 5 million units in Japan alone.

Just barely over one year after its launch on December 2 2006 in Nintendo's home market the Wii has been passed over the Japanese counters more than 5 million times. Among the offerings of the current console generation Wii so far has been the solid market leader in Japan, considerably outpacing its main rival in that market, the PlayStation 3 by Sony, despite the strong brand awareness of its predecessors.

The report also contained the life-to-date sales numbers for Wii's Top 5 software titles, all of which unsurprisingsly were developed by the Kyoto-based manufacturer itself. Among these titles the majority of sales were achieved by new Nintendo franchises such as Wii Sports, Wii Play and Wii Fit.

Wii Hardware Sales in Japan (January 20)
Title Launch Date
Untis Sold
Wii 12/02/2006
Top 5 Wii Software Sales in Japan (January 20)
Title Launch Date
Units Sold
Wii Sports
12/02/2006 2,663,938
Wii Play
12/02/2006 2,139,084
Mario Party 8
07/26/2007 1,153,648
Wii Fit
12/01/2007 1,113,626
Super Mario Galaxy
11/01/2007 843,961

Discuss on the forums


wii ± nintendo, Japan, sales

Related wii News

E3 2008: Nintendo Press Conference Highlights
Wii get(s) 1:1 motion control
Carl Bender's Nintendo's Wii: more than the sum of its parts (editorial)
NewsWeek, with a little help, takes on Wii as Gamecube 1.5
Gamebryo 2 Engine now available for the Wii
Wii outsells PS3 6-to-1 in Japan in June, 5-to-1 in May, 4-to-1 in April
Nintendo to sell new downloadable games
Nintendo's market capitalisation entered Japanese Top 10 for a brief while
Speech recognition middleware VoiceIn now available to Wii developers
Refining Wii accelerometer data with Kalman filtering