April 22nd 2008
Vgchartz Cumulative Worldwide Data: Wii passes Xbox LTD Sales (1) on April 19, 2008
VGChartz projects that Nintendo’s latest console, the Wii, which was released in November 2006 in North America, and December 2006 in the rest of the world has surpassed the lifetime sales of Microsofts first console, the Xbox by April 19, 2008.
Through April 19, 2008 Wii has sold 24.540 million consoles, with Xbox having sold 24.198 million consoles (2).
It took Wii 17 months to reach this number, while Xbox took 69 months to reach the same amount of consoles sold.
By passing the Xbox, Wii has managed to become the 7th most sold console to date in just one and a half years on the market.
If the current sales trend continues, Wii will surpass Sega's Genesis/Mega Drive (30.75 million) and the N64 (32.93 million) around August 2008.
It is realistic to assume that Wii will also pass its older Nintendo brothers SNES (49.08 million) and NES (61.79 million) at a certain point in its lifecycle, becoming Nintendo's most successfull console ever.
To have a shot at passing Sony's two PlayStation consoles, which are both over 100 million units with the PlayStation 2 still selling well, Wii has to maintain its current sales level of over 20 million units per year at least through 2008 and 2009.